Adigwe runs away with Rookie of the Week honors – Lowell Sun


Bridgewater State University freshman Chigozie Adigwe has been selected as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete and Rookie of the Week.

A 6-foot-2 freshman,  Adigwe placed third in both the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles this past weekend at the Tufts Sunshine Classic. The Lowell product posted a time of 15.54 seconds in the 110 hurdles and recorded a career-best time of 56.84 seconds in the 400 hurdles.

Adigwe currently ranks 23rd in all of Division III in the 110 hurdles and fourth in the East Region. He is also ninth in the East Region in the 400 hurdles.

The MASCAC Rookie of the Week honor marks the sixth of the 2021-22 academic year for Adigwe who also earned the accolade three times during the indoor track & field season.

The BSU outdoor track & field teams host the MASCAC Championships on Saturday at Swenson Field.


Falcons take flight at Collier Invitational

Lowell natives Makany Camara and Abbey Quirbach got the Fitchburg State University women’s outdoor track & field team off and running at the 2022 Shane Collier Invitational, April 23, hosted by MIT at the Sherie and Don Morrison Track.

The pair of sophomores helped anchor the 4X100 meter relay team of Camara, Natasha McInnis, Quirbach and newcomer Majorie Veliotis to a strong sixth place showing (54.47).

Meanwhile the 4×400 meter relay team of Abagail Murphy, Veliotis, McInnis and Quirbach posted a strong time of 5:03.87 after finishing seventh overall in the event.

A 5-foot-9 Chelmsford High product, Quirbach is majoring in history.

In the field, Camara placed seventh in the high jump with a MASCAC qualifying mark of 1.48 meters.

Rounding out the top Falcon efforts on the day was Quirbach taking 20th in the 400 meter (1:09.77).

A 5-foot-9 Greater Lowell Tech graduate, Camara is majoring in business management.

Over in the men’s bracket, Billerica resident and senior Nicholas Sachetta finished 24th in the 800 meter with a post-season qualifying time of 1:59.50.

The 5-foot-5 Shawsheen Valley Tech product, Sachetta is majoring in biology.

Falcons return to action next Saturday as they compete at the 2022 MASCAC Outdoor Track Championships, hosted by Bridgewater State.


Harris makes headway at Franklin Pierce

Billerica native Stephen Harris and the Franklin Pierce University men’s track & field team was tough to catch Saturday at MIT, at the Sean Collier Invitational.

Senior Devin Jones and Harris highlighted the day for the Ravens, with a school-record run in the 200-meter dash.

Jones won the event while setting the program record at 21.69. He also took third in the 100 for his 11.06-second time. He was accompanied in the 200 by Harris. The speedy sophomore took second at 21.86. Jones and Harris are now third and fourth in the NE10 in the 200 meters, respectively.

The 4×100-meter relay team consisting of sophomore Angel Gonzalez, Harris, Jones and Nathan Rinaldi claimed second for their time of 42.45.

Harris returned to competition to take third place in the high jump, clearing 1.86 meters.

A Billerica High graduate, Harris was a New England champion in the 300 meters, and a two-time qualifier for nationals.

Next week, the Ravens will have select athletes in action at the Penn Relays on April 28-30.

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