Local athletes find success at collegiate level

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A slew of former local high school athletes competed at various colleges and universities throughout the region this spring with good deals of success. The following is a brief, alphabetical look at some of the notable 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.

Eric Alfiere, a junior at UConn, placed fifth at the Big East Championships in the javelin with a throw of 196 feet. The former All-New England athlete at Woodland had a season-best third-place finish at the Husky Invitational in April.

Katie Alfiere, a freshman at Quinnipiac, saw action in 21 games for the Bobcats, who qualified for the Northeast Conference Tournament. The former All-State pitcher at Woodland finished with a 3-4 record and a 4.25 ERA in 54 1/3 innings of work.

Brittany Battis, a freshman at Sacred Heart, had an excellent season in the pole vault for the pioneers. The former All-NVL athlete at Woodland finished second in the pole vault at the Northeast Conference Championships and won the event at the Rider Invite in April.

Natalia Carvalho, a freshman at St. Peter’s, competed in mid-distance events and relays during the spring season. The former All-NVL athlete at Naugatuck was sixth in the 4-by-800 relay at the MAAC Championships and was 16th in the 800 meters at the league meet.

Martyann Chromika, freshman at Ithaca, was a short-distance runner for the team. The former All-NVL athlete at Naugatuck was third in the 4-by-400 relay at the ECAC Division III Championships. Her best finish in the 200 was third at a meet in April.

Andrew Corridore, a senior at Cornell, finished his career with the Big Red as an important sprinter. The former All-New England athlete at Naugatuck had a season-best third-place finish in the 110 hurdles at Cornell’s Spring Invitational and was sixth in the Big Red Invitational.

Jasmine Cribb, a sophomore at UConn, was unavailable to compete in the spring track season but did jump at the Big East Indoor Championships in February. The former All-New England athlete at Naugatuck tied for seventh in the high jump with a leap of 1.70 meters.

Steve Corbett, a junior at Post, was the best pitcher on the Eagles’ staff after transferring from Southern Connecticut. The former Woodland standout led the team in wins (6-2), ERA (1.77), complete games (five), innings (71), and average against (.209).

Brandon Fowler, a freshman at UConn, competed in the 400 hurdles and the 4-by-400 relay for the Huskies. The former All-New England athlete at Woodland was eighth in the 4-by-400 at the Big East Championships and finished a season-best fourth in the 400 hurdles at a meet in April.

Ryan Genua, a freshman at Lesley, made contributions both on offense and on the mound. The former Woodland three-year starter played in all 28 games, hitting .200 with a team-leading 15 runs scored. He also logged 40 2/3 innings and was second on the team with 25 strikeouts.

Ken Graveline, a senior at Rhode Island, had a solid year in the Rams’ rotation. The former All-State pitcher and shortstop at Woodland was 7-4 with a 3.83 ERA. He led the team with 89 1/3 innings pitched and struck out 67 while walking just nine.

Mohamed Hrezi, a sophomore at Central Connecticut, was an important contributor in the mid- and long-distance events. The former All-New England athlete at Naugatuck was second in the 800 and won the 4-by-800 relay at the Northeast Conference Championships.

Shane Kingsley
, a senior at Eastern Connecticut, was a key piece of a team that advanced to regional play. The former All-State center fielder at Woodland hit .327 for the Warriors while placing second on the team in steals (18) and third in on-base percentage (.432) and runs (44).

Mikelyn Messina, a junior at Rutgers, started all 49 games for the Scarlet Knights. The former All-State catcher at Woodland was second on the team with seven homers, 37 RBI, 33 runs, a .457 on-base percentage, and a .594 slugging percentage and was third with a .341 average.

Rosa Moriello, a freshman at Boston University, was a valuable long-distance runner for the Terriers. The former All-State athlete at Naugatuck finished second in the 10,000 at the America East Championships last month and had two top-15 finishes in the 5,000 during the season.

Dan Park, a freshman at Navy, competed in jumps and sprints for the Midshipmen. The former All-State athlete at Woodland logged the second-best long jump of the season for the team at 6.63 meters and the second-best triple jump at 13.42 meters.

Josh Perry, a junior at Southern Connecticut, earned All-America honors this season with the Owls. After the former All-New England athlete at Naugatuck earned All-New England honors this season, he followed up with a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters at the NCAA meet.

Tori Pisco, a freshman at La Salle, competed in short- and mid-distance events and relays for the Explorers. The former All-New England athlete at Naugatuck had a top finish of second in the 800 at the Widener Invitational. She competed in two relays at the Atlantic 10 Championships.

Alana Wesche, a sophomore at New Haven, was the Chargers’ second-best pitcher in her first year with the team. The former All-State pitcher at Naugatuck compiled a 12-7 record with a 3.08 ERA while striking out 71 and walking 21 in 127 1/3 innings pitched.