BANGOR, Maine - The Husson men's outdoor track & field team will be sending 11 student-athletes to Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. for the 2019 New England Division III Championship.
Becoming the first Eagle to ever compete in a decathlon, Cayd Wortman set a new milestone at Southern Connecticut State University, as he also became the first track & field student athlete to qualify for the New England DIII Championship in the decathlon. The sophomore accumulated 5,700 points to earn ninth place out of 20 competitors from all three division levels at the Northeast Combined Events Challenge. He posted the third best overall performance out of DIII participants and is now ranked 5th in New England after his first go at the ten-event challenge.
For his second consecutive year in just two years on the Husson outdoor team, Kyanti Blyden hit a qualifying mark in the high jump with a new PR at the Tufts Sunshine Classic, clearing 1.95 meters. This mark leaves him in a ten-way tie for the eighth best jump in New England.
Returning to New England's for pole vault as a sophomore, Dominick Lizotte put up an impressive performance at the first meet of the season. He pushed off with enough momentum to clear 4.26 meters at the Shark Invitational hosted by Nova Southeastern University. Lizotte enters the weekend in a two-way tie for 15th in New England.
Breaking his qualifying jump later in the season, freshman Dominic Laptiste set a new program record with his 6.77-meter leap in long jump at the 2nd Annual Penman Relays hosted by SNHU. He jumped up in rankings to 10th out of all New England competitors in the event after his winning jump of 6.84 meters at the Tufts Sunshine Classic for a new career and HU program record.
Also achieving a new personal best mark at the Tufts Sunshine Classic, freshman Alvaro Valls won the triple jump while skipping his way to 13.09 meters. He ranks 29th in New England going into competition this weekend.
Qualifying for New England's in the first meet of the season at Nova Southeastern University, Eric Hathaway returns to the big meet for his third-straight season and second consecutive time to compete in the hammer throw after tossing the hammer 48.20 meters for the win at the Shark Invitational. Achieving a season-best throw at the NAC Championship, the senior beat out everyone in the inter-conference competition with his 48.43-meter throw to rank 11th in New England.
Both Justin Martin and Jeff Ward will be traveling to Williams College to take on javelin after they each achieved qualifying throws at the Regis Spring Classis this season. A junior, Martin returns to New England's to compete in the event for his third-straight year while sophomore Ward will be contending for his first time in javelin, but second time at the big meet. Martin enters into the weekend ranked 13th after his 54.30-meter fling while Ward sits at 22nd following his 51.20-meter throw.
In the 4x100-meter relay, the Eagles will be sending Jake Dobos, Race Bouchard, Nasier Rivera, and Wortman as they enter into competition in a two-way tie for New England rankings after snatching first with a season best and NAC Championship record-shattering time of 43.44 seconds which is also the second fastest time in HU program history. This time was also good enough for first place out of any team at the Inter-Conference Championship Meet.
The New England DIII Championship meet takes place from May 2-4.