Men's Track & Field Splits Squad and Captures 4th Place at Two Meets

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

HOOKSETT, N.H. / WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Husson University men's outdoor track & field team divided and conquered this weekend, as half the team competed at the SNHU Penman Relays in N.H. while the other half stayed in Maine at the Maine Small School Open hosted by Thomas College. An eventful Saturday for the Eagles, both squads brought home 4th place with 12 student-athletes racking up 80 points at the Penman Relays while taking on DII and DIII schools and the remaining 11 student-athletes brought in 70 points facing five competitor schools in Maine.  

SNHU Penman Relays

Eric Hathaway was on his game on Saturday, crushing the competition winning both the shot put and hammer throw while also qualifying for the New England Division III Championship in both events. He tossed the shot put 14.01 meters, then went on to set a personal and school record in the hammer throw, achieving a distance of 46.00 meters, nearly three meters further than the second place throw. Hathaway also competed in discus, capturing 4th after clearing 37.11 meters.

Three other Eagles also added on points for Husson in the throwing events. John Chen knocked off the second best throws in Husson program history in both the discus and hammer throw. Chucking the hammer 36.89 meters, he achieved 5th place and then whipped out the discus 35.08 meters for 7th. Justin Martin posted an impressive performance, bringing home 2nd place in the javelin after flinging it 54.18 meters. Coming in 8th in the shot put was Matt Storer with 11.30 meters.

Finishing out the field events, Dominick Lizotte and Jeffrey Ward took 7th and 8th in the long jump taking over the 2nd and 3rd best jumps in school history with 6.15 and 6.10 meters. In the pole vault, Francesco Wright cleared 3.8 meters to take 3rd.

Robenson Saintard posted several successful finishes in the dashes, capturing third in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash with times of 11.45 seconds and 23.08 seconds for two new Husson program records. He also helped his team place 4th in the 4x100-meter relay to break another school record with a time of 44.44 seconds, racing with teammates Jake Dobos, Race Bouchard and Evan Chadbourne. Chadbourne also found himself a top-ten ranked time in school history after finishing the 100-meter dash in 11.80 seconds.

Closing out the meet, Wright crossed the finish line in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:01.38 (5th) setting a new Husson program record. Dominic Locke followed behind in 8th (1:07.77).


Maine Small School Open

Finishing in the top-eight in the track events, Blake Trueworthy and Ed Miner captured 4th and 8th place with times of 56.21 seconds and 1:01.48. Trueworthy went on to seize 3rd in the 800-meter run, posting a time of 2:16.65. Following shortly behind was Derek Hawes in 6th (2:33.10).

Joseph Gay was the lone Eagle to tackle the long distance events, crossing the finish line in the 1500-meter run in 5:20.79 (6th) and 21:19.47 in the 5000-meter (5th). Husson also had a student-athlete compete and place in the 3000-meter steeplechase for the first time this season as Adam Hitchcock earned 4th place (14:10.14).

In the 400-meter hurdles, Will Richard and Trever LaFramboise were neck-and-neck down to the final second finishing in 5th and 6th with extremely close times, 1:10.42 and 1:10.98.

To close out the track events, Husson sent two teams into the relays. In the 4x100-meter, Alex Charette, LaFramboise, Miner, and Zion Gurney achieved 2nd place in 48.93 seconds and in the 4x400-meter relay, Trueworthy, Miner, Zach Hartman, and Richard crossed in at 4:13.83 (4th).

Gurney posted the best finish of the day for the Eagles, taking home 1st place in the high jump after clearing 1.83 meters. He continued on take 2nd in the triple jump, soaring over 11.97 meters. Charette followed his lead and reached 11.27 meters (5th).

Two Eagles placed in the top-six in shot put, discus, and the hammer throw. Joe Minard threw the shot put 11.39 meters (4th), discus 29.38m (6th), and hammer 32.43m (5th). Tyler Blair notched 10.96 meters (5th) in shot put, tossed the discus 33.25m (4th), and threw the hammer 33.96m (3rd). 

The Eagles will be competing at the State of Maine Championship next Saturday, April 21 at Bates College.