WESTON, Mass. – Claiming second place at the 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship with ease, the Husson men's outdoor track & field squad earned 209 points altogether, just 23 points behind SUNY Delhi winning the meet. The Eagles also captured second in the inter-conference meet held at Regis College this past weekend, competing against schools from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).
Dominating in the field, Eric Hathaway swept all throwing events he partook in, bringing first place honors in the hammer, shot put, and discus back to Bangor, Maine. His hammer throw of 48.43 meters was far enough to not only beat out all NAC competitors for the second-straight NAC Championship, but everyone in the inter-conference competition, too. He snagged the second-best throws in the inter-conference competition in both shot put and discus, as well, with his 13.27-meter heave in the shot put and 38.84-meter send off in discus. By the end of the day, Hathaway had accumulated 30 points for his team.
Helping Husson nearly sweep in hammer, shot put, and discus, John Chen, Justin Martin, and Tyler Blair placed in the top six in all three events while Joe Minard and Chris Ortiz contributed to the scoring. In shot put, Chen (11.80m), Martin (11.79m), Minard (11.65m), and Blair (11.13m) accomplished third, fourth, fifth, and sixth places while Martin's mark was a personal best in his career. Helping Husson capture second, fourth, fifth, and sixth in the hammer throw were Chen (40.20m), Minard (33.81m), Ortiz with a PR (32.32m), and Blair (31.87m). Tossing the discus far enough for second, fourth, and fifth-place marks was Martin with a PR (35.82m), Chen (34.05m), and Blair (33.05m).
Jeff Ward wrapped up scoring in the throwing events over in javelin as he outthrew everyone at the inter-conference meet sending it flying 48.55 meters. He also scored in the triple jump skipping to 12.50 meters in the sand for fourth and fifth in long jump hitting 6.20 meters. Alvaro Valls also took on both jumping events, finishing ahead of Ward in the long with a personal best fourth-place jump of 6.26 meters, then jumped just a tenth of a meter shy of Ward's mark in the triple (12.49m) for fifth. Leading all Eagles in the long jump was Dominic Laptiste posting a second-place score of 6.61 meters while Cayd Wortman rounded out scoring in the event with sixth (6.15 meters).
Wortman also competed in several other events, both on the track and in the field. He finished fourth (3.65m) in pole vault behind Dominick Lizotte in third with the same clearance and ahead of Christian Brookhouse achieving a PR of 2.45 meters. Wortman flung his body into the air in yet another event, clearing 1.75 meters (fifth) in high jump while Kyanti Blyden led in second tying his PR of 1.95 meters. The multi-talented sophomore also took on the 110-meter hurdles with a 15.93-second time and ran a leg in the 4x400-meter relay, passing the baton amongst teammates Ricky Smith, Race Bouchard, and Zach Hartman to break the school record with a third-place time of 3:35.54.
Continuing his successes this season in hurdling events, Phillip Feeney broke a new personal best in the 400-meter hurdles after earning third place in the event thanks to a time of 1:02.35. He also took second in the NAC after crossing the finish line in 18.82 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, which was fast enough for fifth out of all participants at the meet.
In the longer distances, Hartman was one of seven Husson men to win an event as he crossed the finish line first in the 800-meter run ahead of everyone at the meet with an official time of 1:59.60. In the 10,000-meter run, Joel Bond cruised to a new school record time of 34:24.49 for fifth.
Finishing on the track with a new personal record in the 200-meter while leading nearly all competitors, Evan Chadbourne took second in the NAC and a posted a third-place time out of all inter-conference competitors as he finished the race in 23.26 seconds. Following him was Bouchard hitting a PR in 23.44 seconds (fourth) and Jake Dobos on his tail at 23:48 (fifth). The sophomore had the same scores in the 100-meter dash after a time of 11.46 seconds while teammate Nasier Rivera trailed in third with a speedy time of 11.6 seconds. In the 4x100-meter relay, Chadbourne helped his team snatch first with a season best and NAC Championship record shattering time of 43.44 seconds, also the second fastest time in HU program history. This time was also good enough for first place out of any team entered into the event with credit given to Dobos, Bouchard, and Rivera for all running legs. Four different Eagles helped set another new school record (9:12.93) in the 4x800-meter relay between a combined effort from Smith, Adam Hitchcock, Joey Gay, and Hartman for fifth-place scoring.
The Eagles who qualified for the New England Division III Championship have one week to prepare for the two-day event scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 3rd and 4th, at Williams College.
The first-place and second-place finishers in each event at the NAC Championship have earned NAC All-Conference Team honors. Complete All-Conference honors will be released on Friday, May 3 by the NAC.