Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) recently named 21 students to the Little East Conference (LEC) Winter All-Academic Team. Among the student-athletes named to the team was junior Raquel Romano of Southington who majors in mathematics and competes on the women’s track and field team.
The team is comprised of 140 students from the eight institutions of the LEC conference. To be named to the LEC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher, and have been at their current institution for at least one full academic year.
At Southington High School, Romano was a high honors student and a four-year member of the cross country and track and field teams. She competed in the sprints and high jump in track and field. As a two-year team captain, she competed at the state meet all four years and helped qualify a relay for the national meet.
As a track and field athlete at ECSU, she has personal records of 4”7.75” (2015-16) in the high jump, 9.03 (2015-16) in the 60m, 30.04 (2016-17) in the 200m, 1:07.22 (2017-18) in the 400m, 1:30.88 (2016-17) in the 500m, and 1:53.85 (2016-17) in the 600m for the indoor season. For the outdoor season, she has personal records of 29.14 (2016) in the 200m, 1:06.23 (2017) in the 400m, and 4’8.25” (2016) in the high jump.
The LEC was established in 1986 as a single-sport league by six public institutions throughout New England. The LEC has since become a multi-sport league with eight primary members, six affiliate members, and 19 championships.
ECSU offers a broad-based, Division III athletic program aimed at safeguarding the amateur aspects of the various sports, maintaining the proper perspective of athletics within ECSU’s academic mission. By placing emphasis on the values of equity, diversity, sportsmanship, health, and wellbeing, ECSU’s athletic program encourages students to contribute more effectively to our society and live richer, fuller lives.
ECSU serves more than 5,300 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 163 of Connecticut’s 169 towns, ECSU also draws students from 26 other states and 20 other countries and offers 40 majors and 65 minors.
For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.