Husson Men Tabbed as Favorite in 2019 Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Poll

Husson Men Tabbed as Favorite in 2019 Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Poll
 

Team

Points (1st Place Votes)

1.

 Husson

46 (4)

2.

 SUNY Delhi

45 (3)

3.

 Thomas 34

4.

 UMaine-Farmington

29

5.

 UMaine-Presque Isle

20

6.

 NVU-Lyndon

13

7.

 NVU-Johnson

9

WATERVILLE, Maine - Husson received four first-place votes and a total of 46 points to edge SUNY Delhi by one point for the top spot in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Track and Field pre-championship coaches poll. The Broncos received the remaining three first-place votes for a total of 45 points and second place.

Thomas College racked up 34 points for third-place, followed by UMaine-Farmington (29) in fourth, and UMaine-Presque Isle in fifth with 20 points. Northern Vermont-Lyndon (13) and Northern Vermont-Johnson (9) round out the poll in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

2019 Championship Information

NAC track and field programs will compete in a multi-conference championship event Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 on the campus of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) will also participate. Each conference will crown their own Men's and Women's Team Champions. An overall Combined Team Champion for each gender will also be awarded for the team that accumulates the most points across all three conferences.

Participating Teams

NAC (7): UMaine-Farmington, Husson, NVU-Johnson, NVU-Lyndon, SUNY Delhi, Thomas, UMaine-Presque Isle
GNAC (6): Emmanuel, Lasell, Regis, St. Joseph's (Maine), Suffolk, Colby-Sawyer
NECC (5): Elms, Lesley, Newbury, Southern Vermont, Eastern Nazarene

The male athletes will compete in a total of 21 events. For the schedule of events, click HERE.

For the 2019 Championship Heat Sheet, click HERE.

Event Scoring
Event management (scoring and timing) will be provided by Wilber Racing Systems.
Final Results will be made available after the championships.

NAC Men's Performance Results this Season - click HERE
NAC Men's Championship Meet Records
- click HERE

NAC Preview

Husson: Led by 2018 NAC Coach of the Year Kate Goupee, the Eagles are ready to vie for the 2019 title after winning their first NAC Outdoor Championship Title in 2018. Husson features several key returners, including the 2018 NAC Field Athlete of the Year, Eric Hathaway, who destroyed the previous meet record in the hammer throw by nearly nine meters last year and has already qualified for the New England Division III Championship in the event. A strong team in field events, rookie Dominic Laptiste is a threat in the long jump while reigning NAC javelin champion Justin Martin attempts to repeat. Returning sophomores, Dominick Lizotte (pole vault), Jeff Ward (javelin), and Cayd Wortman have also already qualified for New Englands. Wortman is a multi-wonder and the first Eagle ever to compete in the decathlon. Husson leads the league in eight events to date.

SUNY Delhi: - Head Coach Robb Monro heads into the championship weekend with sprinter and two-time NAC Athlete of the Week Sean Andrews, as well as four other weekly honorees, Shamar Barker, Glenn Butler, Abshir Yerow and Alex Irving. The Broncos have multiple qualifiers for regional championships and lead the NAC in ten events, ranging from sprints and distance running to field jumps and throws. SUNY Delhi also boasts the fastest relay times in the conference heading into the championship meet.

Thomas: Thomas head coach Ian Wilson leads the Terriers into the NAC Championship meet in their first season as a varsity program. Athletes to watch for the Terriers include Devon Davis, who holds the fastest times in the conference in the 200 and 400-meter sprints; Jarrod Ottman with the top seed in the 3000-meter Steeplechase; and thrower Troy Worster with the top seed in the shot put. Thomas will push for a top-three finish at this year's championship.

UMaine-Farmington: UMaine Farmington finished in third-place last year, and first-year head coach Joe DiSalvo intends to build on that success. David Doering is the lone senior for the Beavers, and will compete in the middle-distance races. Isaiah Reid has also shown strong distance running performances this season. The Beavers are a small, young team, and are expected to grow and progress throughout the NAC championship.

UMaine-Presque Isle: Chris Smith is in his second year as head track and field coach, and has been the head cross country coach for 30 years. The Owls tied for fifth-place in the 2018 NAC Championship, and are on the hunt for an improved performance in 2019. Student athletes Paul Kaplan (triple jump, discus), Will Griffiths (100/200-meter), Tyler Beach (javelin) and Zach Boyle (javelin) lead a well-rounded and diverse group of runners, throwers, and jumpers into the meet.

Northern Vermont-Lyndon: The Hornets have set their sights on improving on their seventh-place finish in the 2018 conference championship. Second-year head coach Hayden Bunnell expects strong individual finishes at the 2019 NAC Championship. Top performers are expected to be Kevin Desmond in triple jump, Matt Francis in the 3000-meter steeplechase, and Robert Denton III in the Javelin.

Northern Vermont-Johnson: Northern Vermont University-Johnson is poised to make a run in the 2019 NAC Championship. Head Coach Shawn Woods leads a team featuring jumper Ryan Willette, who holds top-ten conference marks in the high jump and triple jump, and Randall Willette with a top-ten javelin throw.

NCAA Division III Qualifying Lists

2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Qualifying List - click HERE
DIII New England Region Outdoor Performance List - click HERE

2018 Championship Results

Husson won its first NAC Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship on a cold and rainy Sunday in 2018. The Eagles earned the victory by compiling 198 points, while Colby-Sawyer, the two-time defending champions, finished second with 182 points. UMaine-Farmington placed third (127), followed by Castleton (49) in fourth, while Johnson and UMaine-Presque Isle tied for fifth with 12 points and Lyndon finished seventh (8). SUNY Delhi did not score in the meet as a team, but if an individual athlete won an event he was recognized as a NAC champion.

For complete results, click HERE.