In the 20th Annual New England Alliance/Little East Conference Track & Field Championships Saturday at the Jerry Gravel Track on the campus of Westfield State University, the Eastern Connecticut State University men finished fifth among seven teams in LEC scoring for the third time in four years. Alliance team results were unavailable. The University of Southern Maine claimed its third straight LEC team title and seventh ten years since Eastern won six straight from 2002-2007. In the Alliance, the Warriors scored points in eight of 21 events (all running events): 10,000, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500, 4x100 and 4x800 relays.
Senior John Boisette (East Hartford) and the 4x800 meter relay posted the highest Alliance finish, both taking second place. In a field of 22, Boisette was timed in 10.89 in the final, while the 4x800 relay was clocked in 8:15.94 in a field of 11 relays.
Junior Nick Afragola (Killingworth) scored Alliance points in two events. HE was fourth in a field of 22 in the 100 (two spots behind Boisette) in a time of 11.01 and eighth among 25 in the 200 (22.34).
Senior Lawrence McGill (New Haven) and junior Cooper Goslin (South Windsor) each captured a fifth in the Alliance scoring. Goslin was timed in 4:08.05 in a field of 22 in the 1,500 and McGill was timed in 50.14 in a field of 23 in the 400.
Freshman Zach Parisella (Hamden) in the 800 and the 4x100 relay contributed two points each with seventh-place finishes in the Alliance. Among 22 competitors, Parisella was timed in 2:00.08 and the 4x100 was clocked at 43.33 among 11 relays.
Contributing the final point was senior Chris Armstrong (Bolton), who was eighth among 21 at 10,000 meters (35:06.75).
Qualifiers will compete this weekend at the New England Division III Championships at Williams College.