Five Athletes Named To All-New England Team

Patrick Gustavson, Sports Editor

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It was an impressive day for Central Connecticut track and field athletes at the New England Championships, with five Blue Devils making the All-New England Team.

The star of the day was junior, Roberto Piotto, who won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:41.50. In addition to being named New England Champion for the event, Piotto earned a spot on the All-New England Team.

Also earning the honor on the men’s side was junior Richard Grudzwick, thanks to a third-place finish in the 800-meter run, trailing the winner by a mere .44 seconds.

There were two other Blue Devils on the men’s side who advanced to the semifinals on Saturday, that being juniors, Quincy Sanchez, and Tyrik Henry.

Sanchez, just edged out his classmate with a time of 8.30, while Henry finished with a time of 8.35.

These performances led to the men finishing in eighth place overall out of 24 competing schools, well exceeding Sacred Heart, the only other Northeast Conference school competing, who finished in 17th for the meet.

On the women’s side, the star was once again, Sierra Nesmith, who broke the CCSU school record in the triple jump, breaking the record previously held by current assistant coach Nicole Dumpson. Nesmith’s jump topped Dumpson’s previous record by .08 meters.

Nesmith also finished third in the 400-meter dash, contributing to her spot on the All-New England team. In addition, she was a part of the 4×400 team that finished in third place. She was joined by Megan Brawner, Samantha Vasquez and Taylor Davis.

Brawner also medaled in the 1,000-meter run, finishing in third place, good enough for the honor of a spot on the All-New England team.

The final Blue Devil to secure the top honor was senior McKenna Killian, who finished fourth in the women’s pentathlon.

Though she did not secure a spot on the NE team, junior Hailey Rospierki advanced to the semifinals of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.05. She followed this up with a time of 9.16 on Saturday, failing to advance to the finals.

The women’s team finished 22nd out of 30 competing schools, trailing NEC opponents Sacred Heart and Bryant.

The Blue Devils will compete at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston next weekend in their final meet before they take on the NEC Championships, where the men’s team will look to take home the NEC crown for the second year in a row.