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February 19, 2014

A Bronx Tale: Windham’s Higgins making most of Fordham experience

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.

BECCA’S BACK

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.

CAREER BESTS

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.

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