DURHAM, N.H.—Junior Andrew Dwyer raced to an America East All-Conference nod with a ninth-place finish as an individual at the 2012 America East Championship at the University of Hartford Saturday morning. Dwyer paced the Hartford men, who finished eighth as a team with 175 points. The women's squad notched a seventh-place result with 185 points.
Stony Brook University swept both races with both the men's and women's team taking home team championships.
"We have been training all season with the conference meet as our goal, and the hard work the team has been putting in over the past few months paid off today,” said first-year head coach Stephen Walsh. “Both the men and women had very strong team performances and we had some great individual results as well."
Dwyer, a junior from Rhinebeck, N.Y., was one individual with a great result, earning America East All-Conference honors with his top-10 finish in the men's race. He became the first Hartford man to finish among the top-10 at the conference meet since Joe Cardin finished ninth in 1990. Dwyer navigated the 8,000-meter course in 25:57.79.
The next for Hawks in the standings crossed the finish line less than one minute apart. Junior John Busque crossed the line in 26:41.97 to finish 33rd. Graduate student Wayne Lawrence also broke the 27-minute mark, posting a time of 26:55.94, just ahead of senior Bobby Giuliani who turned in a time of 27:01.39. Freshman Kyle Hamel also contributed to the Hawks' score with his time of 27:25.97.
The Hartford women took seventh place in the field, finishing ahead of UMBC. Reigning America East Performer of the Week Megan Barry again led the Hawk squad. Barry picked up 24 points and a 25th-place finish, covering the course in 17:55.09. The time marked a career-best for Barry in a 5k as she broke 18 minutes for the first time at a collegiate meet.
Including Barry, each of Hartford's top five female finishers notched personal records at the championship. Freshman Sara Buckley stopped the clock at 18:26.40, less than 10 seconds ahead of classmate Aleixa Diaz, who turned in a time of 18:36.25.
Sophomore Sam Crisafulli finished with a time of 18:49.91 while junior teammate Jennifer Flores posted a crossed the line in 19:00.31.