NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After winning the 800 meters in the previous three Northeast-10 Conference Championships (2011 indoors and outdoors, 2012 indoors), Bentley junior All-America Amy Varsell (Burlington, Conn./Lewis S. Mills HS) took it a step further Saturday, running to victory twice during the 2012 NE-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Southern Connecticut State University. And in the process, she broke the meet record in both the 800 and 1500 meters.
Varsell's day began by adding the 1500 championship to her impressive resume, besting American International's Jeptui Cherutich by about five seconds with a meet record time of 4:33.97. That improved on the previous standard, set by Southern Connecticut's Laura Brustolon in 2010, by 1.28 seconds.
About an hour later, Varsell returned to the track and made it four straight NE-10 titles in the 800, with her time of 2:11.98 breaking the NE-10 mark set by Southern's Danielle Moore at the 2009 championship by more than two seconds. Varsell won this one in convincing fashion as well, reaching the finish 1.87 seconds in front of runner-up Christen Carrier of Stonehill.
As a result of her efforts, both Saturday and over the course of the season, Varsell was selected by the conference coaches as the 2012 NE-10 Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.
Other Falcons to score during Saturday's portion of the meet included senior Evelyn Marrero (Amsterdam, N.Y./Amsterdam HS) and freshmen Brynnan Farrington (Shirley, Mass./Ayer HS) and Tatiana Froehlich (Newton, Mass./Newton North HS).
Marrero was fifth in the 5,000 meters (18:31.49), Farrington set a new PR in the shot with her throw of 38'2" good for sixth place, and Froehlich was eighth in the discus (111'2").
As a team, Bentley finished eighth out of nine with 34 points. UMass-Lowell edged the host Owls for the team championship, 189-190.