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Local athletes make most of collegiate spring season

Jasmine Cribb, a former Greyhound and All-New England athlete, ended her college career on a high note by placing seventh at the Big East Championships in the high jump. -STEVE SLADE
Jasmine Cribb, a former Greyhound and All-New England athlete, ended her college career on a high note by placing seventh at the Big East Championships in the high jump. -STEVE SLADE

A slew of former local high school athletes competed at various colleges and universities throughout the region this spring with plenty of success. The following is a brief, alphabetical look at some of local athletes and how they performed this season.

Unfortunately, there are more local college athletes than CN can easily track, so we apologize if not all are included (feel free to send an email to editor@mycitizensnews.com if there’s an athlete we missed and we will include him or her in our next edition).

Katie Alfiere, a junior at Quinnipiac, logged the third most innings for the Bobcats this spring. The former Woodland All-State pitcher appeared in 18 games, making seven starts and hurling two complete games. Quinnipiac struggled to a 17-35 record, though, and Alfiere was 1-8 with a 6.19 ERA. She struck out 30 in just under 67 innings of work.

Natalia Carvalho, a junior at St. Peter’s, competed in mid-distance events and relays during the spring season. The former All-NVL athlete at Naugatuck helped the Peacocks finish second in the 4-by-800-meter relay at the MAAC Championships and helped the squad win that race at the CTC Outdoor Championship.

Martyann Chromik, a junior at Ithaca, was a successful short-distance runner for the team. The former All-NVL athlete at Naugatuck earned several top-10 finishes during the season, including a win in the 4-by-400 relay at the Coach P Invitational, a third-place finish in the 400 at the Empire 8 Championships and an eighth-place showing in the 4-by-400 at the ECAC DIII meet.

Jasmine Cribb, a senior at UConn, concluded her successful high jump career for the Huskies. The former All-New England athlete at Naugatuck placed seventh at the Big East Championships after a number of top-five performances during the regular season, including a second-place showing at the UMass Invitational and a third-place mark at the Brown Springtime Open.

Eric Dietz, a freshman at Keene State, competed on the Owls track team after playing soccer in the fall. The former All-New England athlete at Woodland enjoyed a successful first season with his best meet being at the Mount Holyoke College Spring Fling, where he was second in the 4-by-400-meter relay, third in the 200 and sixth in the 100.

Brandon Fowler, a sophomore at New Haven, joined the Chargers track program and helped the 4-by-400-meter relay team. The former All-New England athlete at Woodland helped his relay squad finish third at the Tribe Open in March. Fowler also earned recognition on the Northeast-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Jen Fredericks, a junior at Daniel Webster, appeared in every game for the Eagles’ lacrosse squad. The former Woodland basketball player was a valuable defensive player for the team, starting in three of the team’s seven games. Fredericks also earned NECC All-Academic honors and earned the school’s sportsmanship award for the entire year.

Ryan Genua, a junior at Lesley, was the top pitcher this spring for the Lynx. The former Woodland three-year starter led the team in innings pitched (43) and was 2-3 in six starts. He posted a 4.60 ERA and struck out 25 while hurling two complete games. Genua, a captain, earned All-NECC Honorable Mention for his efforts.

Mohamed Hrezi, a junior at Iowa State, enjoyed an outstanding season as a distance runner for the Cyclones. The former All-New England runner at Naugatuck earned All-Big 12 honors with a fifth-place finish in the 10,000 meters and a sixth-place showing in the 5,000. He also picked up a second-place finish in the 5,000 at the Stanford Invite and helped two Iowa State relay teams earn top-three finishes at the Drake Relays.

Corinna Hussey, a senior at Western Connecticut, helped the Colonials advance to the NCAA Division III regionals. The former Naugatuck standout appeared in 44 of 49 games, hitting .232 with nine runs scored, six RBI, five doubles and four stolen bases.
Brian Langdon, a freshman at Elms, saw significant time as an infielder during his first season. The former Woodland standout played in 30 of 40 games, picking up 10 hits, six runs and six RBI. He also logged five innings out of the bullpen while compiling a 3.60 ERA.

Mike Masulli, a sophomore at Suffolk, was a key relief pitcher for the Rams. The former Woodland pitcher appeared in nine games, eight from the bullpen, tossing 13 1/3 innings. He struck out 10 during his time on the mound.

Dan Park, a junior at Navy, continued his success in the triple jump for the Midshipmen. The former All-State athlete at Woodland was consistently the best triple jumper for the team, winning a meet against American, Delaware State and Colgate, and taking second in a meet against Army. Park was eighth at the Patriot League Championships.

Tori Pisco, a junior at La Salle, was a major contributor to the Explorers’ relay teams. The former All-New England athlete at Naugatuck led La Salle’s 4-by-800-meter relay squad to a second-place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships. She also helped two relays finish fifth at the Penn Relays and was part of a seventh-place 4-by-800 team at the IC4A meet.

Chris Savvidou, a junior at Central Connecticut, competed in short-distance and relays this spring for the Blue Devils. The former Woodland All-State athlete was part of a 4-by-100-meter relay team that finished seventh at the NEC Championships. He also earned a number of top-10 finishes in the 400 meters throughout the season.

Amanze Williams, a sophomore at UConn, competed in both the long and triple jumps for the Huskies. The former All-New England athlete at Naugatuck was fourth in the triple jump at the IC4A Championships after placing eighth in the triple jump and 12th in the long jump at the Big East Championships. He also placed among the top 10 at several meets, including the UConn Men’s Classic and the LSU Battle on the Bayou.