MANSFIELD -- Junior Akaya McElveen (New Haven) qualified for the New England Division III Championships at 400 meters with a winning time of 1:00.64 to headline six individual and one relay winner Sunday at the 6th Annual Eastern Connecticut State University Track & Field Invitational at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
At left: Akaya McElveen
McElveen won by nearly three seconds over Taylor Donaldson of Salve Regina University, qualifying for the New England meet next month.
Also for the women, junior Lauren Hultzman (Putnam) won the long jump (16-4 ½) and high jump (4-11 ¾).
For the men, junior Fredrick Hewett (New London) captured the 400 in a time of 50.15 to outrun a field of 12, while junior Andrew Prince (Orange) claimed the 200 (23.17) in a field of 17 and sophomore Andre Reynolds (Hartford) was first in the long jump (20-8 ½) in a field of nine.
Freshman John Boisette (East Hartford), sophomore D'Vonte Chambers (West Haven), Hewett and Prince teamed to lead the men's 4x100 to first place in a time of 43.85.
Other top performances for the men included Chambers in the 200 (fourth among 17), sophomore Dylan Kruppa (Torrington) in the 400 (third among 12) and long jump (second among nine), Reynolds in the 110 hurdles (second among seven) and senior Alex Verrill (Hiram, ME), who was fifth in a field of 17 in the 200 and third among nine in the long jump.
At left: Andre Reynolds
For the women, sophomore Nikki Chambers (East Hampton) was second in a field of 11 in the 800, and freshmen Sherry Gilronan (Darien) third among 13 in the 100 and Emily Kohn (Columbia) second among 11 competitors in the discus.
Joining Eastern in the non-scoring meet were Trinity College, Lasell College, Bridgewater State University and Salve Regina University.
Eastern competes in the Connecticut College Silfen Invitational Saturday at 9 a.m.