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March 10, 2014

Breathing easy

Merrimac native Kitsakos has found her niche in the 400-meter dash

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Still wheezing, Kitsakos was told by a brusque meet official she had five minutes until her first jump or face disqualification. Unbeknownst to her, Sachems head coach Steve Derro had the high jump officials adjust the bar from the starting height of 4 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 2 inches, so she would use as few attempts as needed. Kitsakos cleared it, and then cleared 5 feet 2.25 inches to win the title and set a school record.

Heading into the outdoor season, which begins March 22 at the Coastal Carolina Shamrock Invitational, Kitsakos is reborn and thinking big things.

“I’m hoping to run 55 seconds (in the 400),” she said. “I’ve already run 55 in a relay, so I know I can do it. It’s just a matter of doing it in an open race.”

McNamara, Moore Earn Little East Conference Honors

Erin McNamara (West Newbury), a senior guard at Southern Maine, was named to the Little East Conference First Team while Alex Moore (West Newbury), a freshman guard at Rhode Island College, was named to the Conference All-Rookie Team. McNamara led Southern Maine to a 20-8 record, including a 10-4 clip in the Little East, averaging 13.8 points and 3.2 assists per game while shooting .837 from the free throw line and .375 from 3-point range. Moore has registered 7.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. Moore’s Anchorwomen defeated McNamara’s Southern Maine in the Little East Tournament championship game on Mar. 1, 64-59. Rhode Island met Haverford in the NCAA Tournament first round Friday at Ithaca College.

Georgetown’s Gibb, Pingree Making Sudden Impact

Kathryn Gibb (Georgetown), a freshman on the UMass Dartmouth lacrosse team, has compiled four goals and one assist in her first two matches. Gibb scored two goals in her first collegiate game, a 20-16 win over Smith College; and two goals and one assist in a 17-16 overtime loss to Mount Ida College…Kristen Pingree (Georgetown), a junior on the Roger Williams lacrosse team, also has four goals to start the season. She scored one in the Hawks’ 18-5 loss to Springfield and scored three in an 11-10 loss at Wheaton…Freshman Kristin Fitzgerald (Groveland) scored her first collegiate goal in Gordon College’s 15-5 win over Salem State midweek while senior Stephanie Fitzgerald (Groveland) dished out two a assists…Sophomore Dominic Rovetto (Newbury), a sophomore goalie on the Salem State lacrosse team, stopped eight of 11 shots in a season-opening 11-6 win over St. Joseph’s. He also had eight saves in a 12-8 loss at Mount Ida…Alex Fiorito (Newburyport) has eight ground balls in Salem State’s first two games.

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