Two Keene State women’s track and field athletes received major awards from the Little East Conference. Junior Lauren Perkowski was named Female Track Athlete of the Year, and freshman Shannon Parks earned Rookie Field Athlete of the Year.
Perkowski’s award caps off a banner year where she was named LEC Runner of the Year in both cross country and indoor track. In the spring season, she led the Owls to a second-place finish at the conference championship, winning the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter events as an individual. She also earned All-New England honors at the New England Division III Championships, and her 10,000 time of 37 minutes, 13.57 seconds is 39th fastest in the nation.
Parks doubled her award tally after winning Rookie Field Athlete of the Year in the indoor season as well. She broke the Keene State record in the shot put at 12.05 meters, bettering Bryanna Brown’s 11-year mark by .17 meters. She was also second at the LEC Championships in the discus (33.16 meters) and 13th in the hammer (31.5).
Franklin Pierce’s Brena shines
Franklin Pierce freshman Paola Brena earned All-New England honors in the high jump Friday on the first day of the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships, hosted by Southern Connecticut State.
Brena was one of two participants to reach 1.71 meters, and via tiebreakers finished second in the event. The Ravens finished the day in a four-way tie for 12th out of 33 teams.
Franklin Pierce is assured two other All-New England performances Saturday thanks to senior CeCe Telfer, who qualified for a pair of event finals. She qualified with the fastest time in the 100- meter hurdles (13.47 seconds) and third-fastest in the 400-meter hurdles (one minute, 0.77 seconds).
On the men’s side, junior Trevor Guay also guaranteed himself an All-New England honor, qualifying for the final in the 400-meter hurdles with the fourth-fastest time (53.9).
— Sentinel Staff