WESTON, Mass. – Running everyone off the track, the Husson men dominated at the Regis Spring Classic on Friday, accumulating a whopping 211 points competing against ten other teams. By the end of the meet, the Eagles had secured ten event wins with two Eagles qualifying for the New England Division III Championship in the same event.
Zach Hartman and Cayd Wortman were the only Eagles to win individual events on the track while both ran a leg on their 4x400-meter relay team, passing the baton off to Race Bouchard and Ricky Smith to help capture the ten-point win (3:43.07). Husson's 4x100 relay team also took first with a combined effort from Jake Dobos, Evan Chadbourne, Nasier Rivera, and Bouchard also ran a leg in the shorter relay, as well, for a time of 44.51 seconds. Both relay teams bumped off the previous second-best time in school history.
Hartman claimed his first-place victory in the 1500-meter run as he set a new personal record with a time of 4:23.32, marking down as the second-best in program history. Then Wortman took his win in the 110-meter hurdles, beating his previously set school record in the first meet of the season by .06 seconds, with a 15.55 time in the prelims. Phil Feeney also took on both hurdle events, capturing the fifth best time HU history in the 110-meter hurdles (20.65) and fourth best time in HU history in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.12) which was good enough for third.
Dobos led the charge in the dashes, snagging second in 11.36 seconds with Evan Chadbourne right on his tail at the 11.73 mark for sixth. Both Eagles also raced in the 200-meter dash, as Chadbourne set a personal best with a time of 23.93 (fifth) and Dobos crossed in at 24.01 for sixth. Leading his two teammates, Bouchard took third in 23.68 for a new PR. In the final full-sprint event, Hartman left it all on the track rushing in at the 53.78-second mark (second) for a new personal best while Smith and Carter Patterson followed behind in third (54.35) and sixth (59.15). Hartman and Smith's times put them at second and third all-time in the record book.
Rounding out the track events, Joel Bond took on the 5000-meter run, playing leap frog over the 12 laps with the Endicott runner who kicked it up a notch in the final push as they took first and second with Bond crossing in at 16:50.70. This time set a new personal best for him as well as knocking off the second-best time in school history.
Wortman was the only Eagle to win an event on both the track and in the field, as he swiped ten points in long jump clearing 6.04 meters. Kyanti Blyden, Jeff Ward, and Dominick Lizotte nearly swept the board taking second (5.89m), fourth (5.86m), and fifth (5.81m). Ward also excelled in the triple jump, competing in the event for his first time, he not only set the second-best jump in program history, but also took home the win (12.54m). Alvaro Valls posted the fourth best jump in HU history with 12.27 meters for second and Christian Brookhouse finished out the event with a PR on an 11.07-meter jump (fifth).
The remaining wins in the field for the Eagles took place over at high jump as Blyden pushed off gliding over the bar set at 1.88-meters and in javelin off a 54.30-meter throw from Justin Martin. His throw, along with a 51.20-meter throw from Ward, qualified both Eagles for the New England DIII Championship. Wortman rounded out scoring with a personal best, sending the javelin 44.00 meters.
Competing against 27 other throwers in shot put, Eric Hathaway and John Chen snagged fifth and sixth place with 12.39m and 12.04m (PR) heaves. Hathaway opened up the meet taking second in both hammer throw and discus. In the hammer, he sent it flying through the air to the 43.49-meter mark while Chen hit 38.47m for fifth. Chen then took third (34.43m) in discus, following Hathaway's 35.54m toss.
Finishing out the field events, Lizotte and Dobos took first and second in pole vault, clearing 4.00 meters and 2.10 meters. This was also the first time ever that Dobos tried this event competitively.
The Eagles will be splitting their team next weekend as they send half to Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday (April 13) for the 2nd Annual Penman Relays and the other half to Colby College on Sunday (April 14) for the Thomas (Maine) Small School Invitational.