By Dan Guttenplan
---- — Around New England this weekend, former Triton track runners collected prestigious honors at the college level.
UMass senior Rachelle Bourque, a 2009 graduate of Triton Regional High, followed up her Atlantic 10 Championship in the javelin with a New England title Friday at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Championships at Stonehill College.
Bourque earned her second New England title in her four years with a school-record throw of 150-5. She also won a New England title as a freshman with a throw of 135-4.
Bourque is finishing off her throwing career in style, racking up conference and regional titles. On May 3, she claimed an Atlantic-10 title with a record-breaking throw of 143-1. She increased that throw by 7 feet, 4 inches Friday. She will compete in NCAA East Regionals May 24.
Bourque’s former Triton classmate, Ashley Pinette, a junior thrower at Daemen College in Buffalo, N.Y., was named the school’s Athlete of the Year. Pinette, a junior, was a Second Team All-East Coast Conference selection after competing in the discus, shot put and hammer throw. Pinette and Bourque were members of Triton’s 2008 state champion team.
Another former Triton Regional High alumna, Taelour Murphy, had a standout performance this weekend at New England Championships as part of the UMass Lowell squad. Murphy was a member of the meet record-setting 4x400 relay team, which finished in 3:44.29.
Murphy earned All-New England status in four events. She was a part of the 4x100 relay team that placed fourth in 47.38. She took third in the 100-meter dash preliminary in 11.95 seconds, and she placed second in the 200 meters in 26.16 seconds, 0.6 seconds off her own school record.
UMass Lowell sophomore Garrett King, an Amesbury High alumnus, also earned All-New England honors on the track this weekend. He placed third in the javelin (195-11), and cleared a school-record 15-5 on the pole vault.
Newburyport High alumna Eliza Witherbee, a junior lacrosse player at Keene State College, earned Second Team All-Little East Conference honors. She topped the Owls with 35 goals and 23 assists. The attacker scored four goals in a game four separate times this season, including against Southern Maine in the LEC tournament. Keene State finished 11-7.
Former Triton lacrosse teammates Sara Nardone and Erin Curley were both members of college teams that advanced to the NCAA Division 1 tournament this season. Curley just finished her sophomore season at Princeton. She did not appear in a game this season. The Tigers fell to Duke in the opening round of the NCAA tournament last week. Nardone appeared in 13 games for Navy. The Midshipmen fell to Duke in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.
Ryan Browner, a Georgetown High alumnus, is a freshman member of the University of Southern Maine baseball team, which won a Little East Championship over the weekend. Browner has appeared in 22 games on the season, logging 18.0 innings. He has a 2.00 ERA with six strikeouts. He pitched two-thirds of an inning in a loss to UMass Dartmouth in the best-of-three championship series. USM will now appear in the NCAA tournament.