LEWISTON, Maine – Sprinting his heart, Evan Chadbourne led the Eagles to second place at the Bates Invitational on Saturday as he took gold in both the 60-meter and 200-meter dash events with times fast enough to break a program record and qualify for the New England Division III Championship for his first time. The junior contributed 20 points to the overall 93 points scored by the Husson men as half of the Eagles competed in Waterville, Maine at the Thomas Small School Open.
Chadbourne's speedy time of 7.15 seconds in the 60-meter dash not only just barely met the requirements to qualify for New England's, but also matches the current program record shared by Robenson Saintaird and current teammate Nas Rivera. The junior also stood out in the 200-meter dash as he shaved off nearly two tenths of a second from the previously held record, zooming across the finish line in 23.05 seconds. Taking close seconds in both races, teammate Race Bouchard stayed right on his tail with times of 7.28 seconds and 23.56 seconds. Chadbourne was the only Eagle to break a record on Saturday. Sophomore Joel Bond maintained a steady pace as he jogged around and around the track in the 3000-meter run. He beat his own HU record time by nearly 12 seconds as he finished in 9:38.96 (7th).
Two other Eagles achieved top-five times in running events as Sam Roy captured third place in the 400-meter dash (56.30) and Zach Hartman took second in the 800-meter run (2:03.40). Both Roy and Hartman also ran legs in the 4x400-meter relay passing the baton off to Bouchard and Phil Feeney for a team time of 3:50.26 (2nd).
Four men wearing Green and Gold scored in the field on Saturday, as Jeff Ward brought home 16 points between his first-place triple jump of 11.94 meters and third-place long jump of 5.61 meters. In pole vault, Josh Hart cleared 3.70 meters for six points. Adelino Daveiga performed well in two events, with a sixth-place toss in shot put of 12.38 meters and fifth-place chuck of the weight throw (13.79m) which struck nearly a meter behind teammate John Chen's second-place heave of 14.87 meters.
Two Eagles competed in their first collegiate heptathlon, starting a few events on Friday night and continuing into Saturday. By the end of seven events, Jack Jowett had accumulated 3,824 points to stand in fifth and Phil Feeney gathered 2,298 points for eighth.
The Eagles will return to the University of Southern Maine for their second trip this season as they opened at USM back in December. Competition will take place on Saturday, January 25th for the Southern Maine Invitational #2.