Athletes with East Providence ties fare well at women’s national collegiate track championships

City native and Johns Hopkins University senior Annie Monagle ran to a pair of top-four finishes recently at the NCAA Division III Women's Track Championships.

LACROSSE, Wisc. — Three competitors with local ties competed for their respective teams at the 2013 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships held recently at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, the performance of city native and Johns Hopkins University senior Annie Monagle providing the highlight.

City native and Johns Hopkins University senior Annie Monagle ran to a pair of top-four finishes recently at the NCAA Division III Women's Track Championships.

City native and Johns Hopkins University senior Annie Monagle ran to a pair of top-four finishes recently at the NCAA Division III Women’s Track Championships.

Monagle, of Rumford and an East Providence High School grad, ran to a pair of top four finishes in the 800 and 1,500 races. She earned All-America honors in each en route to becoming the most decorated runner in Blue Jays’ history. Monagle finished her career with five All-America honors through her participation in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Another EPHS grad, Springfield (Mass.) freshman Darian Dailey, ran a leg on her school’s 4×100 meter relay team, which finished 11th overall in a time of 48.04 seconds. Host Wisconsin-Lacrosse won the national title with a time of 45.98.

Also of note, former Bay View standout Daria Braboy represented Rhode Island College in two events. The sophomore and her mates on the 4×400 relay ran 11th in 3:50.97. Individually, Braboy was 19th in the 400 with a time 57.57.

Monagle’s day began with a fourth-place run in the 1,500, as she clocked a school-record time of 4 minutes, 22.95 seconds. Monagle, who clocked the fastest qualifying time at 4:31.09, stayed with the lead pack throughout the race before Christy Cazzola of Wisconsin-Oshkosh broke away late to win the event in 4:17.22.

Similarly, Monagle’s preliminary time of 2:08.73 was the fastest in the 800, but Cazzola once again saved her best for the finals as the junior set a new D-III championship meet record in winning with a time of 2:05.93. Monagle was third (2:09.09) behind the runner-up Tara Clemens of Illinois-Wesleyan, who also bested the previous meet record time while placing second in 2:06.79.

Overall Hopkins finished 13th overall with a total of 19 points, the highest finish in program history. All told, five individual Blue Jays earned All-America honors, the most in a single outdoor season for Hopkins, which had previously earned just five total honors since 2003.

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