Springfield native places second nationally in 60-meter dash


March 13, 2013
WESTFIELD – Westfield State University (WSU) sophomore Targie Gervais of Springfield placed second in the nation in the women's 60-meter dash at the NCAA Division III women's indoor track and field championships on March 9 at North Central College in Napierville, Ill.

Gervais ran her fastest-ever time of 7.61 seconds, a school record.

"Targie had a great start, and was closing ground on the winner late, and it was a photo finish," Westfield State coach Sean O'Brien said. "She just ran out of track. If Targie had another 2-3 meters she would have likely won."

Gervais earns all-America honors with her finish.

Gervais missed becoming Westfield's fourth student-athlete to win a national championship by the narrowest of margins. Marlee Berg won the indoor high jump in 2009. Claudine Rice won the hammer throw in 1994 and Cindy Sturm Menard won the cross country race in 1982 and the 3,000 meters in 1983.

Gervais punched her ticket to the national championships when she placed first in the 60 meter dash at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III indoor track and field championships at the Armory in New York City on March 2.

The Central High School graduate won that race with a time of 7.67. She set a school record in the trials in 7.66.

She was also named Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) indoor track and field athlete of the week after the ECAC championships.

Berthiaume named to ECAC New England All-Star Team



CENTERVILLE – Senior guard Alex Berthiaume was recently named to the ECAC Division III New England All-Star Second Team after a standout final season for the Springfield College men's basketball team.

The Springfield native was one of 11 players from the region to earn the honor as he was selected to the second team.

Berthiaume led the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in scoring this season at 18.1 points per game. Shooting nearly 43 percent from the field for the season, he scored at least 20 points in 13 games this season, including a career-best 35 points in the NCAA Championship first round. He was second on the team with 66 assists and third in steals with 43.

He finished his two-year career at Springfield scoring 1,008 points, becoming the 28th player in the program's history to reach the milestone.

Felix named to MASCAC honor roll



BUZZARDS BAY – Springfield's Gabby Felix, WSU's sophomore center, was named to the MASCAC women's basketball weekly honor roll on March 3.

Felix averaged 10.5 points and seven rebounds during the ECAC New England Championships for the Owls, including 10 points and seven boards in a 66-58 quarterfinal round victory at Roger Williams.

Felix was the lone Owl in double-figures with 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting in WSU's 53-43 semifinal loss to top-seeded Castleton State College.

Skiffington named to All-NECC team



LONGMEADOW – Kayla Skiffington, Bay Path College's junior forward from East Longmeadow, was named to the 2012-13 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Womens' Basketball All-Conference second team.

Weldon pitches shutout at Gene Cusic Classic



FORT MYERS, Fla. – Freshman starting pitcher Thomas Weldon of Springfield pitched a complete game shutout scattering just four hits while striking out two and walking one 7-0 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader at the Gene Cusic Classic on March 11.

Dorsey scores in Pride wins



SPRINGFIELD – Wilbraham's Michelle Dorsey had three goals and an assist to go along with three draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers as the Springfield College women's lacrosse team cruised to a 17-5 victory on March 10.

Dorsey scored twice as the Pride earned an 11-6 victory at Keene State on March 4.

Welsch directs Elms College volleyball attack



CHICOPEE – Junior setter Kevin Welsch of Wilbraham recorded 38 assists in the Elms College men's volleyball team's 3-1 loss to The Sage Colleges and added 31 assists as the Blazers suffered a sweep at the hands of Emanuel College in the Endicott College March Mania Tournament on March 10.

Welsch also directed the Elms College attack with 28 assists to help the Blazers to a 3-0 sweep of Regis College on March 2.

Cava scores five goals as Elms squeaks by Sage



TROY, N.Y. – Elms College freshman Ashley Cava of Wilbraham netted five goals to help spark the Blazers women's lacrosse team to a tightly contested 18-16 victory over The Sage Colleges on March 6.

Berthiaume's career high not enough



SPRINGFIELD – Alex Berthiaume netted a career-best 35 points, including the 1,000th of his career, however the Ithaca College men's basketball team defeated host Springfield College, 89-77, in a NCAA Division III Championship first round contest in front of 1,600 fans in Blake Arena on March 2.

Castleman makes five stops in winning efforts



SPRINGFIELD – Sophomore Emily Castleman got the win in goal for the Golden Bears, making five saves as the Western New England University women's lacrosse team notched a convincing 20-9 victory over Manhattanville College on March 2.

Castleman also played the first 30 minutes and had five saves to earn her second win in as many decisions as the Golden Bears doubled up host Smith College 20-10 on March 9.

Solitario scores in AIC home opener



SPRINGFIELD – Junior Meg Solitario of West Springfield scored a goal, but the American International College women's lacrosse team dropped its first game of 2013 to No. 5 Adelphi University 19-2 on March 2.




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