River Hawks break records at David Hemery Valentine Invitational

BOSTON, Mass. – Just two weeks away from the 2022 East America Indoor Track and Field Championships, the UMass Lowell women’s track and field team continued to hone their skills on day one of the David Hemery Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University on Friday afternoon.

Graduate student Kaley Richards (Lowell, Mass.) led the way for the River Hawks with a sixth-place finish in the women’s 3,000 meters. With her time of 9:06.05, Richards set a new school record and broke her previous personal best by over 18 seconds.

“Kaley’s confidence has increased every week. It’s good to see her look the same week after week,” the head coach said. Gary Gardner. “A school record certainly builds it even more.”

Junior Avery Leydon (Woburn, Mass.) continued its remarkable indoor season with a strong performance in the women’s 800 metres. Crossing the finish line in 2:08.62, Leydon broke his previous record by just under three seconds.

“Avery achieved another personal best, which is now a weekly occurrence for her,” Gardner said.

Completing the track events with the senior women’s 60 meters Nina Tasker (Lebanon, Maine) placed fourth in a field of over 40 competitors. With a time of 9.27, Tasker just missed his career-best mark of 9.25.

Taking to the field, the River Hawks continued their strong outing starting with the high jump. Senior Sierra Rudolph (Gloucester, Mass.) and Freshman Balogh Flower of Galantha (Grafton, Mass.) both hit a mark of 1.61 meters to finish tied for eighth. Finally, senior Rachel Hill (North Reading, Mass.) narrowly missed out on a personal best by reaching 3.60 meters in the pole vault, earning him fifth place in the event.

Then the River Hawks return for the second and final day of competition at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Saturday, February 12.