Eagles Take Third Place in NAC Championship

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

NEW LONDON, N.H.—Husson finished in third place in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Colby-Sawyer College on Sunday, scoring 116 points.

The men were led by Justin Martin, who continued his strong season in the javelin with Husson's only first-place finish on the day.  Martin threw the javelin out to a mark of 55.36 meters, setting not only a school record but also breaking the former meet record.  Martin's toss was also good enough to qualify him for the NEICAAA Championships where he'll face his toughest competition of the year.  Teammate Eric Hathaway also snuck into a sixth-place finish in the event for the Eagles.

Jake Dobos set a new school record of 11.60 in the 100-meter dash as he ran to a third-place finish.  More impressively, Dobos ran the time in prelims but came back in finals to run an 11.64 despite facing a slight head wind.  Andrew Wilbelkin and Dustin Wood also managed to slide into placing positions for the Eagles, finishing in fourth and sixth, respectively. Wood earned a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash as well, with teammate Dobos right behind him in sixth.

Nick Young broke the school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.13 seconds.  Young's time earned him a second-place finish and would've broken the existing meet record had Colby-Sawyer's Kyle Diezel not broken it as well in the same race.

Francesco wright had an impressive day in the hurdling events for the Eagles.  Wright started off with a fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, but his highlight came later in the 400-meter hurdles.  Wright raced his way to third place with a time of 1:01.40, which is now a new school record for Husson.  Wright also captured second-place in the pole vault, clearing 3.95 meters.

The sprinting trio of Dobos, Wilbekin, and Wood all came together with William Goforth to take third place in the 4x100-meter relay, finishing in 45.23, less than two tenths of a second out of second place.  In the 4x400-meter relay team, Young, Wright, William Richard and Josh Wheeler finished in 3:45.13, good for fourth place.

Goforth showed his versatility as he also cleared 1.78 meters in high jump, taking fourth place.  Husson also showed their young talent in the triple jump with underclassmen Wheeler, Alex Charette, and Dominic Locke all placing for the Eagles in third, fourth, and sixth, respectively.

In the throwing events, Eric Hathaway had another great performance for the Eagles, placing in the shot put, discus throw, hammer throw, and javelin.  Hathaway's highlight of the day was in the shot put.  Hathaway tossed the shot out to a distance of 13.94 meters, a new school record and a mark good enough to earn him second place.  Hathaway grabbed another second-place finish in the discus with a throw of 38.68 meters, and then took third in the hammer throw as well.

Chris Pomerleau contributed to the scoring for Husson, grabbing fourth place in the grueling 3000-meter steeplechase event with a time of 11:48.48 and finishing in fourth place.

Husson will be back on the track Fri. May 5 at Williams College where they'll compete in the New England DIII Championships.