SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – In the fourth meet of the outdoor season, the Warriors dominated the eight-team field by capturing 11 firsts and rolling up a meet-best 218 points -- 137 more than second place Elms College – at the Mount Holyoke College Spring Fling Invitational at the MHC Turf & Track. All ten competing teams were members of Division III. Eight individuals combined for the team's nine first-place finishes in individual events, with sophomore Matt Pinney (Mansfield) a double winner in throwing events.
Pinney was virtually unchallenged in winning the shot put and discus and totaling 20 points. Pinney's toss of 115-5 in the discus was 30 feet farther than his nearest competitor and his mark of 43-10 in the shot was nearly nine feet farther than the second-place competitor.
Senior Adam Pszczolkowski (Colebrook) collected 16 points in three events. He was second to Pinney in the shot (35-2), fourth in the high jump (5-8) and sixth in the long jump (20-4 ¼).
Also contributing in field events with six points apiece were sophomore Sone Sourignamath (Old Saybrook) and freshman JahDey Wright (Colchester). Sourignamath was third in the triple jump (40-7 ¾). Wright was right behind Sourignamath in the triple jump (40-3 ¼) and placed eighth in the long jump (19-1 ½).
At 800 meters, the Warriors recorded 38 of a possible 39 points by taking the top seven spots, led by junior winner Cooper Goslin (South Windsor). Following Goslin among the top four were senior Mike Underwood (Farmington), freshman Zach Parisella (Hamden), senior Greg Schroeder (Wethersfield). Goslin was timed in 2:01.74, Underwood 2:03.73, Parisella 2:06.19 and Schroeder 2:06.59.
In the sprints, junior Nick Afragola (Killingworth) contributed 16 points by claiming the 200 (22.70) – the first of three Eastern runners across the line in a field of 23 – and placing third in the 100 (11.77). Following Afragola in the 200 were senior John Boisette (East Hartford) and freshman John Meade (Southington). Boisette was timed in 22.89 and Meade 23.68.
Additional individual winners were seniors Lawrence McGill (New Haven) and Chris Armstrong (Bolton), junior Noah Hallisey (East Lyme), and sophomore Ryan Adams (Manchester): McGill in the 400 (50.09), Armstrong in the 1,500 (4:33.97), Hallisey in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:53.27) and Adams in the 5,000 (18:36.49).
In addition to the individual titles, the 4x100 and 4x400 relays were also first. Comprising the 4x100 (44.49) were Afragola, Boisette, senior Jason Bindner (Milford) and McGill. Winning 4x400 (3:37.25) runners were Boisette, freshman Mike Braley (Oxford), Parisella and McGill.
In a field of 17 runners, Bindner (11.72) edged Afragola by .05 for second place in the 100.
Eastern hosts its annual invitational Friday at 2 p.m., with this year's field including Bridgewater State University, Franklin Pierce University, Wheelock College, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy.