GORHAM, Maine – The Husson men's indoor track & field team performed well overall, traveling to compete at the Southern Maine Invitational II for the second time this season. The men grabbed fifth place out ten total teams/clubs including multiple NCAA Division II schools.
Picking up several points in the field, Dominick Lizotte and Dominic Laptiste led the Eagles with second place achievements. Lizotte cleared 4.25 meters in the pole vault and Laptiste leaped 6.21 meters in the long jump with teammate Jeff Ward snatching third with a 6.12-meter jump.
Three Eagles took sixth in three different field events with Christian Brookhouse setting a new personal best in triple jump skipping to 10.81 meters. Eric Hathaway tossed the shot put 12.93 meters while also bringing home fifth in the weight throw (13.83m). John Chen snagged sixth in the weight throw with a 13.76-meter heave.
A convocation of Eagles competed in two different relay events with both squads taking second place. The combination of Jake Dobos, Race Bouchard, Evan Chadbourne, and Nasiar Rivera crushed the previous program record in the 4x200-meter relay by six seconds with a time of 1:34.71. The other four Eagles completely destroyed the previous school record by nearly 15 seconds after a group effort in the distance medley relay by Ricky Smith, Carter Patterson, Adam Hitchcock, and Joel Bond.
Several Eagles who helped take second in the relays also placed on their own in individual events on the track. Rivera broke the school record in the 55-meter dash crossing in at 6.76 seconds. Both Bouchard and Smith bumped out the second-best time in program history in the 400-meter and 800-meter as Bouchard sprinted to a personal record time of 56.43 and Smith finished in 2:10.29 (800). They both took eighth in their events.
In the 55-meter hurdles, Wortman set a new record in Husson history as well as a personal best time of 8.21 seconds in preliminaries and continued into the finals taking fourth (8.34).
Closing out the track events, Bond paced himself on the lengthy 5000-meter run to a new school record time of 16:55.66. Also taking on a longer distance race, Joey Gay finished the mile as the eighth runner in 5:46.14.
The Eagles have the next two weeks off before taking a visit to the University of Maine campus for an Invitational on Sunday, February 10th.