GORHAM, Maine – The Husson indoor track & field squad opened up their 2019-20 season with a non-scoring meet at the University of Southern Maine for their lone competition to finish out 2019. Winning five events on Saturday, the Eagles took on five other schools to ease into competition.
The only Eagle to win a field event at USM, John Chen heaved a 13.86-meter weight throw to help qualify him early on for the NCAA Division III New England Championship. He followed up with a third-place finish in yet another throwing event when he pushed out the shot put 12.19m. First-year Adelino Daveiga made quite a splash in his first meet, beating Chen in shot put with a 12.74m toss for second place and a third-place weight throw of 11.57m.
In the jumping events, Jeff Ward took home fifth in both long and triple as he pushed off clearing distances of 6.16m (long) and 12.01m (triple). Rounding out top-five performances in the field at the Costello Sports Complex, Josh Hart achieved clearance over 3.85m in pole vault in his first collegiate competition to take fourth.
Three different Eagles won sprinting events with Cayd Wortman capturing gold in the 55-meter hurdles after a 7.81 second qualifying time for a new school record, he beat out five other runners in the finals with a time of 7.86. The multi competitor not only qualified for the NCAA DIII New England Championship, but also captured a time fast enough for a trip to the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA). Nas Rivera came out on top in the 55-meter dash hitting a mark of 6.71 in the finals to beat his own previously set school record time last season by .03 seconds while helping qualify him for New England's. Two Eagles were hot on his tail, as Evan Chadbourne crossed in at 6.75 (second) and Race Bouchard hit 6.84 (fourth). Rounding out individual wins in the dashes, Bouchard went on to win the 200-meter with a time of 23.46, just a few strides ahead of teammate Chadbourne who strode through at 23.80 (third). A powerhouse combination of sprinters including; Bouchard, Chadbourne, Rivera, and Tyler Thompson, all helped capture the final win of the day as they broke the HU indoor record in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:34.33.
Transitioning from cross country to indoor, Zach Hartman and Voldivain Mboma snagged second and third in the 800-meter run with times of 2:02.97 and 2:08.11. Both runners also helped Husson's distance medley team finish in third (11:38.33) alongside Ricky Smith and Sam Roy which nearly shattered the previous Eagle record by a whole minute.
The Eagles will get a few weeks off for holiday break, before returning to action on January 11th in 2020 to compete in the Reggie Poyau Invitational at Brandeis University.