The Warriors celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Eastern Invitational with a third-place finish that included five first-place finishes and one facility record. Eastern accumulated 138 points for a solid third-place finish behind meet champion Bridgewater State University (193) and Division II Franklin Pierce University (166). Massachusetts Maritime Academy was a distant fourth with 31 points and Wheelock College (1 point) was fifth. Also competing but not scoring was the University of Connecticut club team and several unattached competitors. Recognized before the start of the meet's running events were the team's seven outgoing seniors: Chris Armstrong (Bolton), Jason Bindner (Milford), John Boisette (East Hartford), Lawrence McGill (New Haven), Adam Pszczolkowski (Colebrook), Greg Schroeder (Wethersfield) and Mike Underwood (Farmington). McGill, Pszczolkowski and Underwood are serving as captains this year.
Junior Noah Hallisey (East Lyme) broke the year-old facility record by winning the 3000m steeplechase in a time of 10:35.46. He won the six-person race by just over three seconds over sophomore Anthony Barinelli of Franklin Pierce.
Freshman Mike Braley (Oxford) was a double winner in the 400 (52.42) and in the high jump (5-6 ½/1.69m). Steve Fossi-Noue, who competed unofficially and unattached, broke the facility record of 6-2 with a mark of 6-4 (1.93m) in the high jump. Eastern's Greg Dinas had set the previous record in the first year of the invitational (2008). Braley and classmate John Meade (Southington) finished 1-2 in the 400, with Meade posting a time of 53.62
Boisette and junior Nick Afragola (Killingworth) placed 1-3 in the 100. Boisette (11.36) edged Franklin Pierece sophomore Jaris Neville (11.42) in the second heat. Afragola won his heat in a time of 11.52. Running unattached, Daniel Jamieson recorded the fastest time (11.19) but it was not enough to break the facility record of 10.57, set in the first invitational in 2008 by Eastern's Tope Ayeni.
All-New England sophomore Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford) picked up ten points by winning his only event, the long jump. In a field of ten, Ndibe's jump was measured at 20-8 ½ (6.31m). He was one of four competitors to break 20 feet. Fossi-Noue (20-10/6.35m) recorded the top mark in an unofficial capacity, just 1.5 inches farther than Ndibe.
Sophomore Matt Pinney (Mansfield) was second only to Braley, with 14 points. Pinney was second in a field of ten in the discus (125-6/38.25m) and third among 15 in the shot (43-3 3/4/13.20m). In the shot, Pinney followed Austin James and Brayden Hollowell of Bridgewater and was second only to Bridgewater freshman Nick Johnson. Competing unattached, Michael Goulet won the discus (143-1) but was well short of his facility record of 155-8, set in 2014.
Eastern entered seven runners among the 29 that comprised the 800, which was run in four heats. Freshman Zach Parisella (Hamden) and Schroeder both finish in the points. Parisella (1:59.67) and fourth and Schroeder sixth (2:02.37), with junior Cooper Goslin (South Windsor) also placing among the top ten with a ninth-place finish (2:03.67). Parisella was fourth in the first (fast) heat and Schroeder topped the second heat, with Goslin third in the second heat.
In addition to Pinney and Meade, four others contributed eight points with second-place finishes: McGill in the 200 (23.18), Goslin in the 1500 (4:11.13), Armstrong in the 5,000 (16:35.88), and freshman JahDey Wright (Colchester) in the triple jump (39-7 3/4/12.08m).
The invitational was the final one before Saturday's Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships, which will be hosted by Westfield State University.