GORHAM, Maine – Out of ten teams that competed at the Southern Maine Invitational #2, the Husson men tied for sixth with Bates College while accumulating 53 points. Evan Chadbourne once again paced the Eagles, bringing home the only first-place mark of the afternoon while also earning another spot to compete at the NCAA Division III New England Championship in his second event.
Chadbourne took gold in the 200-meter dash with his qualifying time for New England's and HU program record breaking time of 22.90 seconds. On his tail in second place was teammate Race Bouchard hitting 23.21 seconds. Chadbourne also grabbed second in the 55-meter dash (6.68 seconds) to add on to his accumulation of 18 points for the Green and Gold. Fellow dasher, Bouchard was also among the finalists in the 55-meter as he crossed in at 6.79 seconds for sixth place. He was also a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that snagged sixth (3:49.25) amongst fellow Eagles; Sam Roy, Cayd Wortman, and Jeff Ward.
Continuing Husson's successes in the field, Joel Bond cut down his previous school record time by ten seconds to cross the finish line at 9:28.12 (5th) in the 3000-meter run. The sophomore rounded out seven points on the track individually with a new personal best in the mile run as he jogged in with a time of 4:47.32 (6th). He then went on to run a leg in the 4x800-meter relay passing the baton off to Joey Gay, Liam McKinnon, and Voldivain Mboma. The group of four took seventh with a final time of 9:34.68. Ricky Smith and Roy also tackled a long-distance race, taking sixth and eighth with times of 1:34.75 and 1:37.79.
Adelino Daveiga hit a new high in the weight throw after tossing a 14.17-meter mark for third place to lead the Eagles in the field. Two other Eagles scored points with Jeff Ward's long jump distance of 5.96 meters (8th) and Josh Hart's height of 3.85 (8th) meters achieved in pole vault.
The Eagles have one more meet to attempt qualifying marks for the NCAA Division III New England Championship. The Husson men are set to compete next at the University of Maine on Saturday, February 8th.