River Hawks impresses at URI



Make their college debut as multi-event athletes, freshmen Luc Stelmach (Sterling, Mass.), Balogh flower of Galantha (Grafton, Mass.) And second year Rebecca Croisier (Shaftsbury, VT) wrapped up a weekend of competition Friday afternoon at URI Heptathlon and Pentathlon.

“All three athletes showed tenacity today and have a lot of potential to develop at all levels,” commented the associate head coach. Allyson waruch.

Returning for day two of the men’s heptathlon, Stelmach finished fifth overall with 4,359 points on his very first attempt at the event. The rookie started the day strong in the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 8.88 to accumulate 772 points towards his final score.

Building on his momentum, Stelmach tackles pole vault for the first time in his young career. With his eyes fixed on a solid performance, the rookie fought to cross 3.30m for 431 points and a sixth place.

The Massachusetts native closed out the two-day competition on the track in the 1,000-meter race. With a neck-and-neck run for a top-five finish, Stelmach persevered and fought for a fourth place finish. The freshman narrowly missed the top-3 on his first attempt in the middle distance race, with a time of just half a second after Benjamin Healy of the Sacré-Coeur.

“Luke had another solid day of competition,” said Waruch. “He improved with every attempt at the pole vault and had a great attitude through all of his events.”

On the women’s side, rookie Balogh de Galantha scored 2,972 points to finish 10th in the competitive peloton. Not far behind, Crosier finished 15th with 2,786 points in his very first pentathlon.

“The women had a large field to compete with in their first pentathlon, and each of them had good attempts in their events.”

Kicking off their day on the track, the River Hawks duo opened the day in the 60-meter hurdles. Leading Mill City’s two-run contingent, Balogh de Galantha crossed the finish line in 9.67, narrowly missing the top 10 in 11th place. Rounding out the crew in 19th place, Croisier set a new personal best of 10.30 in the sprint for 657 points.

The two women then set their sights on the second event of the day, the high jump. Excelling on his first collegiate attempt, Balogh de Galantha made a jump of 1.56 meters to place third overall and score 689 points for his score. Croisier had an impressive performance on his own, climbing 1.44m to finish 17th on his debut.

Both professional jumpers, Balogh de Galantha and Croisier came out of their comfort zone to face the shot put. The multi-event freshman crossed the 9.04m mark in the event to grab second place, while sophomore Crosier reached 7.39m for 20th place in the general classification.

Finding themselves in familiar territory, the River Hawk duo finished back-to-back in the long jump. Croisier’s 5.19m jump earned him sixth place in that event and brought in 612 points in second. Balogh de Galantha placed just behind her second-year counterpart, placing seventh in 4.97m.

The women ended their day where they started, back on the track for the 800 meters. In their final event of the day, Croisier finished first for the River Hawks, clocking 2: 37.53 for tenth place and 602 points. Meanwhile, rookie Balogh De Galantha crossed the finish line in 2: 47.85 to cap off his night with 16th place and 490 more points.

After a break during the holidays, UMass Lowell returns to action for the New Year on the weekend of January 7. The River Hawks will travel to the home of the Harvard Crimson in Cambridge, Mass. for the Harvard Multi Event Meet and the Beantown Challenge.

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