ORONO, Maine – Staying close to home this weekend, the Eagles took a trip down the highway to the University of Maine for a small non-scoring meet against Division I Black Bear track & field athletes along with several more competitors from a variety of schools.
In the last-chance meet to qualify for the NCAA Division III New England Indoor Championships, first-year Adelino Daveiga pulled through big time, qualifying in two events with PR's. He cleared the weight throw with room to spare as he sent it flying 14.73 meters for third place. He will be joining teammate John Chen in the event at New England's, who heaved yet another qualifying toss this season, hitting 14.64 meters (4th). In shot put, Daveiga just barely qualified as the ball landed exactly at 13.40 meters (5th) to write his ticket.
Two additional Eagles set personal bests in the field, but in jumping events. Christian Brookhouse captured fifth in triple jump with a PR distance of 11.30 meters and eighth in long jump as he cleared 5.58 meters. Joining him in the triple jump with the best jump of his indoor career, Alvaro Valls soared 11.90 meters for fourth. He also achieved third in high jump clearing 1.55 meters and seventh in long jump (5.82m).
Wrapping up top-marks in the field, Josh Hart and Jack Jowett took fifth and sixth in pole vault with heights of 3.48 and 3.36 meters. Additionally, Jowett snagged second (1.75m) in high jump for the highest placing in the field for the Eagles, as well as, second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.80).
Evan Chadbourne was the only Eagle on Saturday to bring home gold in an event as he sprinted across the finish line in 23.17 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Right on his tail was teammate Race Bouchard in third (23.43). Chadbourne also took fourth in 60-meter dash with a time of 7.19 seconds in the finals. Both Chadbourne and Bouchard ran legs for the third-place 4x200-meter relay team, alongside Austin O'Neal and Nas Rivera (1:43.69).
In the 400-meter dash, Sam Roy cruised across the tape to a new personal record time of 55.62 seconds (10th) while Liam McKinnon also set new strides for himself in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:16.90. Zach Hartman also tackled the 800-meter, taking it with ease, he brought home silver (2:01.17). In the mile run, Ben Francis paced 6:00.97 to take seventh. Then the team of Hartman, Roy, Bouchard, and Cayd Wortman took fourth in the 4x400-meter relay (3:54.65).
Impressively enough, Joel Bond closed out the meet by breaking his own indoor track & field program record at Husson in the 3000, shaving off two more seconds this season to accomplish a time of 9:26.78.
The Eagles who qualified for New England's have three weeks off to prepare while a good majority of the team will begin preparing for outdoor track & field.