Men's Track & Field Underclassmen Perform Well in L.A.

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

LOS ANGELES – The Husson men's track & field underclassmen dominated their first meet of the season, competing at the Oxy Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic on L.A. on Saturday. Six Eagles finished in the top-ten in their events facing countless other schools.

Posting top-ten finishes in the field for the Eagles, freshman Zion Gurney cleared 1.78 meters in the high-jump for 5th while also tying for the second best clearance in school records. Freshman Dominick Lizotte also displayed skill over in pole vault as he broke the previous Husson program record by .15 meters, clearing 4.25m for 7th to qualify for the New England Division III Outdoor Championship. Dominating the javelin, sophomore Justin Martin earned 1st place surpassing his previously set school record last season, he tossed the javelin 58.06 meters which was good enough to qualify him for the New England Division III Outdoor Championship. Following his lead, freshman Jeff Ward took 4th with a 49.16m throw and sophomore Josh Martin captured 8th with a 45.11m toss.

Junior Francesco Wright led the way for the Eagles, setting a personal record in the 100-meter finishing 45th out of 79 competitors, in 11.71 seconds. Finishing out the short distance events, freshman Blake Trueworthy raced in at 54.89 seconds in the 400-meter for a personal record along with the third fastest time in program history. 

The lone Eagle to tackle a long distance track event, freshman Zach Hartman, placed 31st out of 86 runners with a time of 2:01.16 in the 800-meter. Not only did Hartman accomplish a personal record, but he also broke the previous Husson program record by over five seconds.

In the 110 meter hurdles, freshman Cayd Wortman posted an impressive 5th place finish leaping over the hurdles to a 16.42 seconds time. This time was speedy enough for a new school record. He also helped his team as the third leg in the 4x100 meter relay, racing around the track along with teammates Wright, and fellow classmates Lizotte and Trever LaFramboise, notching a final time of 45.97 seconds.

The Eagles will have the remainder of March to prepare for their next meet when half of the team will venture down to Mass. for the Regis "Under the Lights" Invitational on the weekend of April 6-7 while the remaining half will compete at the Bowdoin Invitational.