May 3, 2011

Hutchinson and Smith Honored by NEC in Weekly Outdoor Track and Field Awards

(Fairfield, CT) - Brandon Hutchinson (Bay Shore, NY) and Athalia Smith (New Britain, CT) were both honored by the Northeast Conference in this week's Track and Field weekly awards, announced Tuesday, May 3.

Hutchinson was named NEC Men's Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week, jumping from fourth to first on the NEC Men's Triple Jump list with his performance at the Yale Springtime Invitational this weekend.  Hutchinson's leap 14.46m (47' 5.25") earned him a silver medal at Yale, as the team gets ready for the NEC Championships on May 7-8 in West Long Branch, NJ.       

Smith was named NEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week for her season-best performance in the Hammer Throw at Yale.  Her throw of 55.87m (183' 4") won the Yale Springtime Invitational, and sends her to this weekend's NEC Outdoor Championship as the number one seed in her event.  Her mark stands three inches better than the seasonal best that Monmouth's Symmone Fisher, the defending NEC hammer champion, accounted for at the Lehigh Games last week.  Smith took silver in the hammer at last year's NEC outdoor title meet.