Two More Male T&F Student-Athletes Qualify for New England's at Sunshine Classic

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

MEDFORD, Mass. – Sending two more Eagles to the New England Division III Championship, the men's outdoor track & field team took third with 125 points at the Tufts Sunshine Classic on Saturday. 

Winning the triple jump, Alvaro Valls set a new personal best mark hitting 13.09 meters to send him on his way to the New England DIII Championship. Two other Eagles added on points in the event with Cayd Wortman taking third (11.76m) and Christian Brookhouse finishing in sixth (11.01m). Valls also set a PR in long jump hitting 6.13 meters in the dirt (7th). Jumping a tenth of a meter farther, Dominick Lizotte reached 6.14 meters for sixth. Dominic Laptiste brought home ten points with a winning jump of 6.84 meters for a new career record. 

The other Eagle qualifying for New England's was Kyanti Blyden hitting a new PR in high jump with 1.95 meters. Joining him in the event were teammates Wortman in fourth (1.75m) and Laptiste in seventh (1.65m). 

Adding on to Husson's success in the field, both Eric Hathaway and Lizotte took second with a 4.10-meter clearance in pole vault and Hathaway's 44.51-meter heave in the hammer throw while John Chen added a 41.60 (7th) fling. Also scoring in throwing events, Justin Martin took third in javelin (45.91m) while Chen posted PR throws of 37.24 meters in discus (5th) and 12.21 meters in shot put (8th). 

Leading his team on the track, Zach Hartman sped to a time of 1:59.93 (2nd) in the 800-meter dash while Joel Bond set a PR in the 5k with a time of 16:44.94 (3rd). Reece Rodrigue captured fourth (19:31.36) in the long event while Hartman had barely ten minutes to recover from the 800 before having to run the 5k. He finished the race in 19:51.59 for fifth. 

In the shorter distances, Nasier Rivera now sits at third all-time in program records thanks to an 11.35-second sprint for fourth place, followed in by Evan Chadbourne with a PR of 11.47 seconds (5th). Phil Feeney took also finished in fourth and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles with times of 18.85 seconds and 1:04.32 (PR) for the second-best time in school history. Adam Hitchcock also set a personal best in the event as he crossed the finish line in 1:10.09 (8th). 

In the 4x100-meter relay, Jake Dobos passed the baton off to Jeff Ward, Chadbourne, and Rivera for a fourth-place time of 45.51 seconds. 

The Eagles have one last chance to qualify for the New England DIII Championship next weekend at the two-day North Atlantic Conference Championship scheduled for April 27th and 28th at Regis College.