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

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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.

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 4x100 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 4x400 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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