WATERVILLE, Maine – Out of nine teams that scored, the Husson men's outdoor track & field team took fourth overall with a total of 50 points by the end of a long day at the Thomas (Maine) Small School Invitational hosted by Colby College.
Leading his team in the field, Tyler Blair took fourth in both the discus and hammer throw while snatching third in shot put with an 11.46-meter heave. He sent the discus 31.57 meters and the hammer 34.57 meters for a new personal best. Chris Ortiz also participated in shot put for his time ever at an outdoor meet as he took sixth with a 10.47-meter heave.
Finishing out scoring in the field, Christian Brookhouse jumped 10.78 meters in triple jump for fifth.
Several Eagles finished in the top-six on the track with both relay teams performing well. For the first time ever, the men entered into the 4x800-meter relay as they finished in fourth place with a final time of 9:39.54. Joel Bond, Joey Gay, Brady Leavitt, and Ricky Smith all contributed to this new venture for the Eagles. In a more familiar event, Shane Althouse, Carter Patterson, Brookhouse, and Smith all ran a leg in the 4x100-meter relay as the four captured a time of 48.45 seconds for third.
Smith also performed well on his own in individual events after he was the third runner to cross the finish line in the 800-meter run in 2:11.77 and was the sixth student-athlete to cross in for the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.64 seconds.
In the longer distance races, Bond set a new personal record time of 4:28.95 in the 1500-meter run which was good enough for second place at the meet and the third best time in school history. Tackling an event for his first time outdoors, Reece Rodrigue ran around and around the track until he hit 5000 meters with a final time of 18:35.54 for sixth place.
Cruising over the hurdles as he sprinted around the track once, Adam Hitchcock captured fifth place with his time of 1:11.93 at Colby College.
The Eagles are set to compete again on Saturday, April 20th at the Sunshine Classic which will be hosted by Tufts University in Medford, Mass.