Reynolds breaks record in 60mH; Hewett, Chambers, McElveen qualify
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford) broke his own program record in the 60 meter hurdles and three teammates qualified for post-season competition at the Springfield College Track & Field Invitational Saturday at the Springfield College Field House.
At left: Andre Reynolds
Reynolds broke his own record in the 60 meter hurdles and junior Fredrick Hewitt (New London) and sophomores Akaya McElveen (New Haven) and Nikki Chambers (East Hampton) qualified for post-season championship competition.
The Eastern men finished ninth in a field of 11 with 24 points while the women were last in a field of 12 with 18 ½ points. The St. Lawrence men and women's both scored over 100 points in topping their respective fields to take team titles.
Reynolds finished fifth in a field of 20 in the 60 hurdles in a record time of 8.78, eclipsing the previous record of 8.87 which he had established in the season-opener Dec. 1 at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Having already qualified for the New England Division III Championships in the 60, 200 and 400 meters, Hewett qualified for the New England Open Championships at 400 meters for the second time in as many years. Hewett was timed in 51.05 seconds to capture second place in a field of 43 to earn eight points. Hewett also added six points with a third-place finish among 48 competitors with a time of 7.26 in the 60 and ran the anchor on the 4x400 relay which picked up four points with a fourth-place finish (3:34.43).
The program record-holder in the 600 and with the 4x800 relay, Chambers qualified for the ECAC Division III Championships with a time of 2:20.20 in a second-place finish among 35 in the 800, while McElveen qualified for the New England Division III Championships in her third event with a personal-best time of 1:02.29 in claiming fourth place in a field of 29 in the 400. McElveen earlier met the New England Division III Championship standards in the 600 and 800.
At left: Akaya McElveen
Other top finishes for the women included McElveen in the 200 (ninth among 59), junior Tacia Bryant (Guilford) in the long jump (sixth among 29) and the 400 (11th of 29), freshman Shanique Bunsie (Bridgeport), who was 11th in a field of 30 in the shot; senior Christina Charpentier (Monroe) who was ninth among 29 in the 400, junior Katie France (Portland), who was 11th among 35 in the 800 and 13th among 42 in the mile; senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton), who was eighth among 16 in the triple jump, junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) who was fifth among 27 in the high jump and 11th among 29 in the long jump; and freshmen Samone Jones-McCarthy (Windham) and Emily Kohn (Columbia), who tied for 15th place among 30 competitors in the shot.
For the men, Reynold shared ninth place in a field of 57 in the 200, freshman John Boisette (East Hartford) was 24th among 57 in the 200 and sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington) was fifth in a field of 26 in the long jump and seventh among 30 in the 600.
Eastern returns to the Springfield College Invitational Saturday at 11 a.m.