GORHAM, Maine – In just the first meet of the season, despite being a non-scoring event, the Husson men's indoor track & field team already have three men who qualified for the Division III New England Championship in three different events. There were 15 different Eagles who placed in the top-seven in numerous events at the Southern Maine Invitational #1 on Saturday afternoon.
In the field, two Eagles awed the crowd as both Dominick Lizotte and John Chen both qualified for the DIII New England Championship. Lizotte took second in the pole vault clearing 4.10 meters and proceeded to grab seventh in long jump for the second longest jump in school history with 5.98m. Chen achieved his qualifying feat in a throwing event, breaking in a new school record while also being one of only three Eagles to win an event at the University of Southern Maine, he tossed the weight 14.64m which was also far enough to set a new school record. Chen also participated in shot put, sending it 11.96m for third and a personal record.
Two other Eagles also contributed in shot put and the weight throw with Tyler Blair setting new personal records in both after pushing out the shot put 11.19m (5th) and 10.30m in the weight throw (6th). His teammate, Joe Minard took home fourth in each event with a personal record in shot put after sending it 11.81m and a 10.85m toss in weight throw.
On the track, Zach Hartman was the only other Husson male student-athlete to win an event, crossing the finish line eight seconds ahead of any other runner for 2:02.39 while also setting a new school record. He also competed alongside teammates Ricky Smith, Joey Gay, and Adam Hitchcock in the 4x800-meter relay taking second place in 9:43.37.
The only other runner to tackle a long-distance race was Joel Bond taking fourth in the mile run with a time of 4:59.57, putting him second in school history. The rookie also took on the 3000-meter mastering a school record with seventh place in 10:05.05.
Taking on the sprints were Jake Dobos and Smith. Dobos sped down the track in the 55-meter dash just two hundredths of a second behind the third-place guy, as he tied his own school record with a time of 6.87 seconds. Then in the 400-meter, Smith finished just two second behind the second-place runner in 55.55 seconds, setting a new school record.
In the men's 4x400-meter relay, Husson sent a squad including Reece Rodrigue, Christian Brookhouse, Carter Patterson, and Phil Feeney to compete. The Husson relay team took sixth in 3:59.74. Feeney also competed in the 55-meter hurdles alongside teammate Cayd Wortman. Feeney took third place with a time of 8.97 seconds for the second fastest time in school history while Wortman set a school record in the event taking first place with a time of 8.29 seconds.
After a successful first meet of the season, the men's indoor track & field team is not set to compete again until the new year on Saturday, January 12th at the Bowdoin Invitational #1.