Women set personal records at Springfield College Invitational
Above: Kylie McCartney (left), Fred Hewett
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Junior Fred Hewett (New London) won the 100 meters and was second by .05 in the 200 and was part of both winning relays and freshman John Boisette (East Hartford) was third in the 100 and sixth in the 200 and ran the anchor of the winning 4x100 relay to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University men's track and field team to a fourth-place finish at the Springfield College Invitational Saturday at Blake Track.
The Eastern men dominated the sprints, placing three among the first five and five among the top 14 in the 100 and two among the first six and five among the top 15 in the 200 en route to their fourth-place finish among ten teams. The Warriors collected 84 points and were only 14 points shy of third place in the meet, won by WPI (229).
On the women's side, freshman Emily Kohn (Columbia) took fourth place in a field of 16 in the shot, and junior Akaya McElveen (New Haven) was eighth among 33 in the 200 as the Warriors finished seventh in a field of eight teams, scoring 27 points. Host Springfield totaled 159 points, edging WPI by two points for the team title.
Depth in sprints carries men in meet
Running the 100 for the first time this year, Hewett qualified for next month's New England Division III and New England Open championships with his winning time of 11.13 -- .11 seconds faster than sophomore Ken Toal of Springfield in a field of 29 competitors. Boisette (11.33) and junior Andrew Prince (Orange) (11.39) both qualified for the New England Division III Champinoships with their times. Prince was fifth overall.
At right: John Boisette
In a field of 43 in the 200, Hewett fell just .05 shy of becoming a double winner. He was timed in 22.76, just behind American International College freshman Gordy Dufresne. Boisette followed as the second freshman across the line, and Prince was 11th in a time of 23.47.
Senior Alex Verrill (Hiram, ME) was 13th in the 100 and 24th in the 200, and freshman Brandon Sullivan (Coventry, RI) 14th in the 100 and 15th in the 200.
The 4x100 relay edged Westfield State University for first. Eastern was timed in 43.44, the Owls in 43.56. Joining Hewett and Boisette on that squad were sophomore D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven) and Prince. The 4x400 outran Springfield College by just under five seconds, checking in at 3:27.04. Sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford) ran the opening leg, with Chambers second, Hewett third and Kruppa assuming the anchor position.
Eastern also dominated the long jump competition, with sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington), Verrill and Reynolds all breaking 20 feet and claiming the 3-through-5 spots with marks of 20-8 ½, 20-7 ¾ and 20-1 ½, respectively.
The Eastern men compete in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at Bridgewater State University.
Women establish personal bests
Running the 200 for the first time this year, McElveen established a PR of 27.36, while Kohn's fourth-place throw in the discus was measured at 113-6.
At right: Tacia Bryant
Others establishing personal bests were junior Tacia Bryant (Guilford), sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton), and freshman Kylie McCartney (Manchester). Bryant reached 16 feet for the third time in her career, posting a PR of 16-3 ¾ in taking seventh in a field of 19 in the long jump; running the 400 for the first time this year, Chambers was timed in 1:03.14 and crossed the line fourth overall among ten participants; and McCartney recorded PRs in the 800 (2:36.14) and 1,500 (5:19.81), taking 11th among 24 and seventh among 19, respectively.
Junior Amy Huhn (Hebron), the outdoor pole vault record-holder, was fifth among 11 Saturday with a jump of 9-0 ¼ and was also sixth among 12 in the shot put (29-8).
At the two-day College of Holy Cross Multi-Event in the middle of last week, junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam), senior Cora Gingras (East Hampton) and freshman Erica Andrasi (Trumbull) qualified for post-season competition in the heptathlon. Hultzman led the trio with 3,401 points, with Gingras, the program heptathlon record-holder, scoring 3,392 points, and Andrasi, in her first heptathlon competition, totalling 2,767 points.
Hultzman qualified for next month's Division III New England Championships with her javelin throw (107-2) and 100 meter hurdle time (16.50).
The Eastern women compete in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at Bridgewater State University.