BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Husson University men's outdoor track and field team competed at Bowdoin Saturday, scoring 36 points and finishing in third place. Husson faced heavy competition from Bowdoin and Middlebury, two schools who have some of the best athletes in the country in their events.
Husson was unfazed by the competition, however, and the Eagles took advantage of the beautiful day to record several personal bests and school records.
Justin Martin had a monster of a day for the Eagles in the javelin. Martin threw the javelin 51.33 meters, a school record, college best, and most importantly, a DIII New England Championship qualifying mark. Martin just snuck by the qualifying standard of 51.00 meters to take second place and still has several weeks left to improve on his mark and position himself for a solid finish at New England Championships. Owen Freeman also made an important contribution for the Eagles in the javelin, finishing in third place with a toss of 46.31 meters.
Martin wasn't the only school-record breaker on the day for the Eagles. Breaking a record of his own was 400-meter runner Nick Young. Young finished the race in 52.81 seconds, good for a personal best, school record, and fifth place at the meet.
Eric Hathaway continued his strong spring for the Eagles as well. Hathaway's best performance of the day came in the hammer throw. Hathaway threw the hammer out to a distance of 41.34 meters, which is a personal best and a school record. Hathaway also grabbed a third-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 13.06 meters.
It was a strong day all around for the Eagles in the field events. Aside from record-breaking performances from Martin and Hathaway, the team saw important contributions and personal bests in a wide range of events.
Triple jumpers Alex Charette and Dom Locke took second and third place, respectively, for the Eagles, with jumps of 12.38 meters and 10.77 meters.
Charette also placed in high jump, where he was joined by teammates Josh Wheeler and Will Goforth. Wheeler led the trio, leaping over the bar at 1.68 meters and snagging third place, while Charette and Goforth got out just one height earlier at 1.63 meters to tie for fourth.
Goforth also jumped out to a college personal best in the long jump with a leap of 5.88 meters and a fourth-place finish.
Pole-vaulter Francesco Wright also got in on the scoring for the Eagles, soaring over the bar at 3.80 meters to take fifth place.
The Eagles will be back in action Sat. Apr. 22 where they'll look to continue their strong performances in the State of Maine Outdoor Championship at Bates College.