BRUNSWICK, Maine – Competing against several impressive track & field programs, including two top-10 ranked teams in New England last season, the Husson men's squad finished out the day at the Bowdoin Invitational with fourth place (46 points). The Eagles were only three points shy of tying Wheaton College (Mass.) for third.
Nasiar Rivera had quite the day racing in his first ever collegiate track meet, the rookie qualified for the DIII New England Championship with his fourth-place time of 7.15 seconds in the 60-meter dash to tie the school record. He continued on to the 200-meter dash and won the event to rank his time of 24.16 seconds third all-time in program history while also rounding out 14 points by the end of the meet at Farley Field House to help lead his team to fourth place recognition at the invite. Two more Eagles competed in the 200-meter with Race Bouchard taking third in 24.44 seconds and Evan Chadbourne just hundredths of a second behind (24.48) for fourth.
Carter Patterson and Phil Feeney closed out scoring in the dashes as Patterson took fifth (58.10) and Feeney crossed in just a tenth of a second behind for the sixth (58.21) which also ranked their times fifth and sixth in school history.
Two Eagles set new school records in the distance runs. Ricky Smith came in fourth with a time of 1:32.10 in the 600-meter while Zach Hartman set records in both the 800-meter and the mile (4:42.83). His time of 2.00.74 was good enough for second place in the 800-meter. Both Smith and Hartman also ran legs in 4x400-meter relay along with teammates Feeney and Bouchard. The team of four finished in 3:46.76 (seventh) which shaved off 13 seconds from Husson's time in the first meet of the season, while also fast enough for second all-time in program history.
Two men brought home points in the field for the Eagles with John Chen launching the weight 13.45 meters for fourth place in throws and Dominick Lizotte set a new school record with 12.18-meter triple jump for fifth place.
Kicking off 2019, the men's indoor track & field squad begin competing consistently nearly every weekend with Bates Invitational next Saturday, January 19th.