Hultzman, Gingras qualify for post-season in pent, McElveen in 500
At left: Hultzman, Kruppa
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University junior sprinters Akaya McElveen (New Haven) and Fredrick Hewett (New London) won the 500 and 400 meter sprints, respectively, at the Springfield College Invitational Saturday at the Springfield Field House.
McElveen outran a field of 12 at 500 meters in a time of 1:21.11, winning by just under two seconds over Springfield College's Jenn Kapinos while Hewett topped a field of 19 at 400 meters in a time of 51.44, besting runnerup Anthony Barnes of the City College of New York by 1.29 seconds.
The Eastern women totaled 58 points to finish fifth among ten teams while the Eastern men collected 59 points for a sixth-place finish in an eight-team field.
Senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) qualified for post-season competition in the pentathlon, Gingras for the third straight year and Hultzman for the second. Saturday, Hultzman was second with 2,734 points and Gingras third with 2,686. Hultzman won the high jump (5-1 ¾) and long jump (15-9 ¾) and was second in the shot put (27-6); Gingras was second in the 800 (2:39.70) and second in the high jump (4-11 ¾). Ramatulai Bah, a junior at CCNY, trimmed Hulzman by 32 points to claim the pentathlon title. Bah won the 60 meter hurdles and shot to overcome a fifth-place finish in the 800.
McElveen qualified for post-season competition in her third event, following earlier qualification in the 600 and 800.
Hewett totaled 16 points on the day, adding six points with a third-place finish in the 200 (23.32) to go along with ten points in the 400.Sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford) totaled 13 points with a second-place finish in the 60 hurdles (8.89) and fourth-place finish in the 400 (54.17). Sophomore Dylan Kruppa's (Torrington) second-place finish in the long jump (20-9 ¼) netted eight additional points.
Hulzman was credited with eight points and Gingras six in the pentathlon while junior Amy Huhn (Hebron) picked up eight points by taking second in the pole vault (9-6- ¼) and freshman Emily Kohn (Columbia) added eight with a second-place finish in the shot put (32-0 ¾).
Eastern competes in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at the Costello Athletic Complex on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.