New London, N.H. - The Husson University men's track & field team collected a fourth place finish at the inaugural North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship on a cold and rainy Sunday at the Sally Shaw Veitch Track & Field. This year's championship featured seven varsity programs and a pair of club teams.
Colby-Sawyer, who was the preseason favorite, earned today's victory by compiling 227 points. Castleton finished as runner-up with 126 points. UMaine-Farmington placed third (96), followed by Husson (78), New England College (32), Green Mountain (26) and Johnson State (3).
Each event winner was honored as a 2016 NAC champion:
Rasheed Foster earned a pair of victories for Colby-Sawyer in the sprints winning the 100 meter dash in 11.09 and the 200 meter dash in 22.81.
In two of the final events of the day, Colby-Sawyer's Karl Nyholm saved the best for last. After winning the discus with a distance of 39.75m, Nyholm set a school record with a toss of 16.21m to win the shot put and place him 14th in the nation.
Kyle Diezel collected 10 points for the Chargers by winning the 400 meter dash in 52.21.
Brandon Legendre won the 800 meter in 1:59.91 and 1500 meter to add to Colby-Sawyer's win total.
Colby-Sawyer's Ben Bunnell won the day's longest race by taking the top spot in the 5000 meter run with a time of 15:58.06.
Castleton received a win from Austin Beauregard in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.15.
UMaine-Farmington took top honors in the 400 meter hurdles. Shane Hathaway gave the Beavers first place points with a time of 1:00.57.
New England College got in the win column after Scott Shaw won the 3000 meter steeplechase.
Colby-Sawyer won both relay events. The 4x100 team of Kyle Diezel, Matt Carl, Al Sayce and Foster clocked in at 43.67, while Diezel, Legendre, Eric Morin and Chris Martin teamed to win the 4x400 in 3:37.36.
Israel Dudley achieved a height of 1.83m to win the high jump for Castleton.
The Chargers' Curtis Warren climbed to the top spot in the pole vault with a height of 3.80m. Cullen Robinson came away with a 12.89m distance to win the triple jump.
Husson picked up a win in the long jump, as Miguel Caballero won with a distance of 6.25m, setting a new meet and facility records.
Castleton added two wins in the throw events, as Tayler Larmie won the hammer (35.88m) and Bowen Lord took the top spot in the javelin (49.93m).
Other Eagles who placed in the top six were Dustin Wood in the 100 meter dash (12.01), Caballero in the 100 (11.84) and 200 (23.89) meter dashes, Nick Young in the 400 meter dash (53.14), William Richard in the 400 meter dash (55.87) and the high jump (1.64m), Andrew Balsamo in the 1500 (4.16.81) and 5000 (16:37.41) meter runs, Lucas Kinney in the 5000 meter run (17:31.76) and the 3000 meter steeplechase (11:52.18), Francesco Wright in the 110 (18.59) and 400 (1:04.93) meter hurdles and the pole vault (3.35m), Josh Wheeler in the high jump (1.69m) and the pole vault (3.35m), Joe Minard in the shot put (11.09m) and the hammer (31.67m), and Owen Freeman in the javelin (41.85m).
Lyndon State and Thomas competed as club teams and did not score.
The Eagles return to track next weekend at the New England Division III Championship Meet.