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Track and field make strides, tennis team continues to struggle

Niagara University athletics had a full weekend with seven teams in action (would’ve been eight but softball had their games canceled). Baseball had an exciting weekend in which they continue on Monday with a game against Quinnipiac while women’s lacrosse were able to fittingly honor their four-year players with a win against Manhattan 13-10 on the team’s senior day. Unfortunately for some teams, struggles this season continued.

The track and field team traveled to 2017 ROC City Classic to where a few Purple Eagles were able to turn in strong performances to their respective events. Freshman Morgan Palmer took first place in the discus throw with a distance of 40.09m in her second attempt. Palmer also went on to take fourth place with a personal best this season at 11.58m.

Other notables Mallory Ronan ran a collegiate best time of 20:34.41 in the 5k. Alex Laubert set a school record time in the 100m hurdles, running the event in 16.03 for a seventh place finish.

Niagara tennis continued their struggles this weekend falling Friday in both the men’s and women’s with scores of 7-0 and 5-2, respectively. Sunday the men lost by the same score with the women just getting edged at Fairfield, 4-3. Niagara’s No. 1 pair of Shannon Wong and Sharlee Deshmukh took their match 6-3 improving their MAAC record to 2-1. Niagara took three singles victories with wins from Stella Peisakhova, Wong and Sansriti Ranjan.

Niagara tennis continues their season this weekend on Friday at Rider University while track and field is off until April 22 when they travel to the Wolfie Invitational.

Photo courtesy of PurpleEagles.com

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