Cattanach, McElveen and 4x800m relay break records for Warriors
NEW HAVEN - Sophomore Lee Cattanach (New London) broke his second record in as many weeks, junior Akaya McElveen (New Haven) broke a ten-year mark and the women's 4x800 meter relay established a new record in its first try for the Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's indoor track teams at the Yale University Invitational Saturday at Coxe Cage.
At left: Akaya McElveen
After breaking Pat Dennen's nine-year-old record at 5000 meters in his first try at that distance in the season-opener Dec. 1, Cattanach broke Dennen's ten-year mark in the 3000 by four seconds iin his first try at that distance Saturday with a time of 9:03.65.
Running the 500 for the third time in her career, McElveen chopped just under two seconds off the ten-year-old record set by Beth Littlefield at the ECAC Division III Championships in 2003. McElveen was timed in 1:20.52 Saturday.
Running together for the first time, the 4x800 relay was clocked in 10:14.47, knocking nearly eight seconds off the previous mark which was established in February of 2003 at the New England Division III Championships. Combining for the record were junior Katie France (Portland), sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton) and freshmen Chelsea Morsey (East Hampton) and Kylie McCartney (Manchester).
At left: Lee Cattanach
Qualifying for the New England Division III Championships in mid-February were junior Fredrick Hewett (New London) at 200 meters, sophomore Luisantonio Rosado (Ponce, PR) in the 60 hurdles and Nikki Chambers in the 500 (Chambers missed breaking the Eastern record by .02).Hewett was timed in 22.85 in the 200, qualifying for post-season in his third event (60 and 400 previously) in two weeks. Rosado was clocked at 9.02 in the finals and Nikki Chambers in 1:22.37.
Top finishes for the men in the non-scoring meet were Hewett, who was sixth in a field of 35 in the 60 and eighth among 51 in the 200, junior Mark Jolley (East Berlin), who was second in a field of eight in the high jump, sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington), who was eighth in a field of 26 in the long jump and eighth among 23 in the 400, sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford), who was fifth among 16 in the 60 hurdles, and Rosado (eighth in the 60 hurdles).
For the women, McElveen's record-breaking time in the 500 was good enough for fifth in a field of 16 and Chambers was sixth; freshman Shanique Bunsie (Bridgeport) placed fourth in a field of 17 in the shot put and eighth among 15 in the weight, and freshman Samone Jones-McCarthy (Windham) was seventh in the shot.
At left: Kylie McCartney
A total of 20 individual personal bests were established in the meet, with senior Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury), sophomore Christopher Brown (Hartford) and freshman Kyle Bolden (South Windsor) all setting bests in the long jump, freshmen Joe Mott (Chaplin) and Mitchell Brusseau (Niantic) in the pole vault, and junior Tacia Bryant (Guilford) and freshman Sherry Gilronan (Darien) in the 60.
Eastern competes in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Invitational Jan. 19 at noon.