Melissa Higgins of Windham is running some fine times for the Fordham track team and might be running even more quickly off the track.
The Salem High grad is one busy young lady. She’s a marketing intern at Direct Agents and a production intern at ABC Television. The junior also somehow finds time to be a financial writer and reporter for the Fordham Nightly News.
Over the weekend she was honored at Fordham’s Breakfast for Champions for athletes compiling a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Turning to the track, she ran a career-best 2:14.67 at the Boston University Valentine Classic, just missing the ECAC qualifying time. The former Eagle-Tribune Female Athlete of the Year also helped the Rams’ 4x400 team run a strong 3:54.44.
At the 18-team Metropolitan Championships at the New York Armory she ran a career best 2:59.89 to win the 1,000 meters. Later she helped the Fordham distance medley win in 12:14.93.
At BU’s Terrier Invitational she was clocked in 2:15.29 in the 800.
She helped the Rams to a second-place finish in the 4x800 at the Yale Invitational. They were clocked in 9:18.90.
Last spring she was part of the 4x800 relay team which smashed the school record in an eye-opening 8:46.25, which was her third relay school record.
The versatile Higgins has other career bests at Fordham of 57.76 in the 400, 4:49.01 in the 1,500 and 62.39 in the 400 hurdles.
Quinnipiac junior Becca Stabile of Haverhill ran a 1:13.88 500 meters, slicing 0.65 seconds off her own school record, to place second at the BU Valentine Invitational
She also grabbed a second in the 400 (57.37) and a third in the 300 (41.87) at the Harvard Invitational. Her former Haverhill High teammate, UMass sophomore Michael McNaughton, won the 800 at Harvard with a 1:55.55 clocking.
UConn freshman Mike O’Donnell, the former Methuen High great, placed ninth in the mile in a career-best 4:13.84 at the Lafayette-Rider Invitational. Earlier in the season he was second at the Great Dane Classic in 4:14.32, which also eclipsed his top high school mark of 4:14.88.
Franklin Pierce sophomore Alyssa Lambert, a Salem High grad, ran a career best 5:10.83 mile at the Terrier Invitational.
The Patriot League Fall All-Academic team included three local cross country runners: Lehigh junior Simon Voorhees of Andover (3.84 GPA, behavorial neuroscience), Loyola of Baltimore sophomore Sean Brennan of Merrimac (3.27, business) and Lafayette senior Elizabeth Troisi of Londonderry (4.0 biology).
Interestingly, Brennan was an honorable mention Eagle-Tribune All-Star running back at Pentucket.
Junior center Jimmy Zenevitch of Methuen was named the Assumption Male Athlete of the Week and the Northeast-10 co-Player of the Week.
In an unforgettable 2-0 week, the 6-8, 255-pound co-captain out of Central Catholic averaged 29.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting .639 from the floor. He had a career high 34 points in a comeback win over Merrimack Saturday.
PARE, SOLIMINE EARN 4.0 GPAS
Former Moynihan Scholar-Athletes Ben Pare (senior, Methuen) and Jackie Solimine (freshman, Haverhill) earned 4.0 GPAs this fall at UMass Lowell. The two runners made the America East Fall Honor Roll.
The cutoff is a 3.0 GPA and 3.5 makes the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Here are the other local honorees with an * for those on the Commissioner’s list.
Cross Country: Lucas Parsons, Soph., Methuen; Tyler Sullivan, Sr., Methuen; Soccer: Frederico Alves, Jr., Bradford; Ross Marchand, Sr., North Andover; Jane Hatzikonstantis, Jr., Central Catholic/Tewksbury; Margaret McSpiritt, Sr., Londonderry; Sarah Raye, Sr., Salem; Field Hockey: Hope Alaimo, Frosh., Central Catholic/North Andover; Carrie Dresser, Jr., Plaistow; Volleyball: Carolyn Eddy, Sr., Central Catholic/Dracut.
Freshman guard Morgan Lumb of North Andover is averaging 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists a game for Hartford. She’s hitting her stride as last week she was America East Rookie of the Week. She’s averaged 13.4 points in her last five games.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE
Joe Coye of Plaistow, a sophomore middle blocker for the Regis volleyball team, was named the NECC Player of the Week. He had 29 kills in a 3-0 week.
A slew of local athletes made the Fall MASCAC Academic team.
They were: Bridgewater State — sophomore Danielle Poto of North Andover (cross country), junior Michael Ferragamo of Haverhill (soccer) and junior Josh Goehring of Haverhill (soccer).
Framingham State — junior Hannah Wilkins of Merrimac (field hockey), senior Aaron Ferreira of Methuen (football) and freshman Cameron Menter of Haverhill (soccer).
Mass. College of Liberal Arts — senior Kendra Hobbs of Haverhill/Whittier (volleyball).
Mass. Maritime — senior Kelsie Brien of Methuen (cross country).
Plymouth State — sophomore Nolan McCoy of North Andover (football).
Salem State — freshman Jerika Santiago of Lawrence (volleyball).
UMass Dartmouth — freshman Cam Leary of Haverhill/Central Catholic (football) and freshman Jaddiel Polanco of Lawrence (football)
Westfield State — senior Kelsey Garvey of Haverhill (cross country), sophomore Greg Brown of Andover (football) and freshman Pat Collins of West Newbury (soccer).
Worcester State — freshman Katherine Becker of Haverhill (cross country), sophomore Ryan Filliger of Haverhill (football) and freshman Sam Weeks of Methuen (football).
E-mail information on local college athletes to Michael Muldoon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @MullyET.