Prior to the Hawks' recent repeat, LIU won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007 and the Blackbirds are eyeing a return to the top behind a talented arsenal headlined by 2009 Most Valuable Performer Jessie Gaines (Chesapeake, VA/Western Branch).
Another big meet from Gaines
, who took the league by storm during her
rookie season of 2009, will only move them closer to that end.
Rookie Monika Akello (Kampala, Uganda) appears poised to pick up points in any one of three events.
She leads the NEC in the 500-meter while ranking second in both the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run.