Eric Emmerling's NH College Notebook: Lafond qualifies for Div. II nationals with sub-4:10 mile
Mount Olive (N.C.) College freshman Dylan Lafond of Manchester (Central) qualified to race in the NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship next weekend at Birmingham, Ala. The 2011 New Hampshire Union Leader Cross Country Runner of the Year qualified by posting the ninth fastest mile qualifying time in the nation, finishing first in a meet last Sunday inf 4:09.22 seconds.
He is one of two freshmen in the field of 17 qualifiers vying for the national title.
Lafond, recently acclaimed Conference Carolinas Men's Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year and Conference Carolinas Men's Cross Country Freshman of the Year, became the first-ever Trojan qualifier at a national championship.
VANESSA BOSQUES ended her illustrious basketball career at Daniel Webster College after being named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year for the second time.
After missing an entire season to a knee injury, Bosques averaged 21.2 points, 1.5 assists, 2.3 steals and seven rebounds a game while shooting 40 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 87 percent at the free throw line this season, as a graduate student.
The Windham High graduate led the conference in scoring this season and became the all-time leading scorer at Daniel Webster, man or woman, with 1,754 points. She grabbed 626 rebounds, contributed 188 assists made 185 steals and averaged 15.9 points a game in her 110-game career.
Bosque was named NECC Player of the Year following her sophomore season.
ROB ROY of Dover earned a spot on the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Sportsmanship basketball team. A junior co-captain of the Lasell College squad, he averaged 4.7 points per game in 13.7 minutes per game of action.
ANTOINE GISORE of Concord earned All-New England honors with a seventh place finish in the 5,000 meters race in last weekend's New England Championship. The Franklin Pierce University junior posted a time of 14:46.84, becoming the first-ever Raven runner to achieve this distinction.
VICTORIA ROZUMEK of Salem, a University of New Haven freshman high jumper, earned All-Region honors with a personal-best jump of 1.62 meters at the NE-10 Championships. She finished second in the meet.
ALYSSA LAMBERT, a Franklin Pierce freshman from Manchester (Salem High) was named last week's Northeast-10 Conference Track Rookie of the Week after finishing 24th in the 1,000 meters and running a leg on the 4x800-meter relay at last weekend's New England Championships.
DÉJÀ VU DENIED: A Concord freshman Graham McIntire faced Trinity of Manchester fireballer Dylan Clark in his inaugural high school varsity at bat. He didn't get a hit. Fast forward four years. Clark, a 6-foot-5 southpaw was Elon University's opening-day starter against Marist College, where McIntire intends to play third base. Alas, a preseason injury forced McIntire out of the lineup and out of a unique beginning to his collegiate career.
Clark picked up the win against Marist, allowing four hits and an unearned run in a six-inning stint. Thus far this season he's 1-1 in two starts, with 10 strikeouts in 12 innings, holding opposing batters to a .222 average. The loss came against Kentucky, ranked 8th in the nation.
HIGH EXPECTATIONS: Entering his senior season former Londonderry standout Kyle Neverman is one of eight position players returning for John Hopkins University baseball team that went 25-16 last season. Neverman was a force at the plate; hitting .355 from the lead-off spot in 2012 He led the team in at bats (169), runs (47), hits (60), walks (22) and stolen bases (20). The shortstop was named Third Team ABCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region and Second Team All-Centennial Conference.
STARTING STRONG: Franklin Pierce University junior right-hander Kevin McGowan of Nashua (North) tossed a four-hit shutout with five strikeouts in his first start of the season. The junior whiffed five batters and got some offensive support from classmate Zach Mathieu of Derry (Pinkerton) doubled, drove home two runs and scored another. Mathieu is hitting .350 so far this season.
Eric Emmerling's New Hampshire College Notebook appears weekly in the New Hampshire Sunday News. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.