ORONO, Maine – Competing against several Division I student-athletes at the University of Maine in a non-scoring meet, the Husson men had at least one Eagle finish in the top six in every single event on the track and in the field on Sunday afternoon.
Three Eagles took first place in different field events with a 1-2-3 sweep in weight throw for Husson. John Chen won the event with a 14.34-meter throw, followed by Eric Hathaway (2nd) with 13.94 m and Joe Minard (3rd) with personal record of 12.03 m. Jacob Braz gave the event a try, sending the weight 6.84 m. Chen also took on the shot put on Sunday, tossing it 11.66 m, good enough for fourth place while his classmate Hathaway grabbed second with a 13.20-meter heave.
Taking a commanding win in pole vault, Dominick Lizotte cleared 4.11 meters, easily ahead of the second-place finisher. Over in long jump, fellow Eagle Dominic Laptiste set a new school record with his 6.92-meter jump. This mark now ranks him fourth in New England and 35th in the country. In the remaining jumping events, Cayd Wortman took second (1.75 m) and Laptiste took third (1.70 m) in the high jump, while Christian Brookhouse closed out the triple jump in fourth place with his 10.66-meter jump.
Several runners set new personal records on the UMO track with Zach Hartman accomplishing a new personal best and breaking the previous school record in the mile run as he ran in at 4:41.75, which was good enough for second place. Ricky Smith and Joel Bond also set new Husson program records in running events. Bond paced himself as he trotted around and around the track for 3000 meters to a fourth-place time of 9:46.25. Taking on a shorter race, Smith sprinted a 54.60 (6th) 400-meter dash.
Three Eagles took charge in the 60-meter hurdles with Wortman leading the way in second (8.60 seconds) followed by both Bryce Pelletier (9.65 seconds) and Phil Feeney (9.84 seconds) setting personal records in fifth and sixth. These impressive times put those Eagles as the top-three in HU history.
Competing in four total events on the track, Race Bouchard put in a good workout at UMO, as he captured a new personal best time in the 60-meter dash taking third in 7.35 seconds. He then went on to take sixth in the 200-meter dash with an official time of 24.17 seconds and finished out the day helping his teammates break school records in both the 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays. Jake Dobos, Evan Chadbourne, and Laptiste contributed to the big event win (1:34.45) while Hartman, Carter Patterson, and Smith all ran a leg in the longer distance relay, bringing home second (3:43.47).
The Husson men's indoor track & field program will be sending six Eagles to compete at the New England Division III Championship on Friday and Saturday, February 22nd and 23rd.
John Chen – Weight Throw
Zach Hartman – 800-Meter Run
Dominic Laptiste – Long Jump
Dominick Lizotte – Pole Vault
Nasiar Rivera – 60-Meter Dash
Cayd Wortman – 60-Meter Hurdles and Heptathlon