FITCHBURG, Mass. –Lydia Maier earned a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run and Bronwen Hopwood broke a program record to pace the Castleton University women's track & field team at its inaugural Little East Conference Outdoor Championships, where the Spartans finished eighth.
Castleton was 11th of 13 teams in attendance at the New England Alliance Meet, which hosted the conference championships of the LEC and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).
The Spartans finished with eight total points. Rhode Island College won the team title with 183 points. They were followed by Keene State (142), Eastern Connecticut State (112), Southern Maine (86), Plymouth State (58), UMass Dartmouth (44), and UMass Boston (17).
Hopwood placed eighth in the long jump and broke the program record reaching a distance of 5.08 meters (16'8"). Ricki Mihulka was 20th in the event at 4.35 meters (13'3.25").
Ally Stearns picked up points with a seventh-place finish in the hammer throw with a heave of 42.58 meters (139'8). Iyanna Williams followed close behind in 10th (35.31 meters, 115'10"). Williams also finished 14th in the discus at 28.09 meters (92'2").
Emily Maier was 11th in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:12.60 and 18th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.31 seconds. Also, Ashley Darrell clocked in at 22:52.57 to place 21st in the 5,000-meter run.
Stearns is the Spartan representative who qualified for the Division III New England Regional Championships in the hammer. Williams College will host the event May 3-4.