Track & Field: Warriors Claim Three First-Place Finishes at Springfield Invitational

Track & Field: Warriors Claim Three First-Place Finishes at Springfield Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  – The men's and women's teams competed in their third indoor meet of the season – second in the spring semester – at the Springfield College Massasoit Classic at the Springfield Field House. Including Eastern, a total of eight teams participated in the non-scoring meet: Division I Bryan University, Division II AIC and fellow Division III programs Springfield College, Ithaca College, Mount Holyoke College, Trinity College and Westfield State University.

Meet Highlights

Three Eastern individuals won events: juniors Matt Pinney (Mansfield) and Haley Knox (Bristol) and freshman Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden). Pinney had a PR of 46-2 ½ (14.08m) in the shot to win in a field of 14 participants; running the 1000 for the first time this year, Knox was timed in 3:13.09  to top a field of 20 by just under two seconds; and Dalberg (17-2 3/4/5.25m) bested a field of 21 by nearly a foot with her first career win in her second collegiate meet. Her jump was .20 meters shy of qualifying for this weekend's New England Open Championships. Pinney won the indoor shot for the second time at Springfield and for the third time overall in his three-year career. The 1000 record-holder (3:09.91) Knox won the indoor 1000 for the first time. She was third at Springfield in the event last year and tenth as a freshman and placed fourth at the Little East Championships when she set the current record as a sophomore.

Junior Samantha McKosky (Deep River) lowered her time in the mile for the third straight meet, running to a second-place finish in a field of 19 with a time of 5:22.60 which was .46 seconds off the six-year program indoor record. McKosky followed later in the day by taking fourth in the 800 (2:27.44) in her first attempt at that distance indoors. It was the fifth-fastest 800 in program history.

Junior Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford) was entered in three field events, placing second in a field of 23 in the long jump (20-1 3/4/6.14m) and sixth among 13 in the triple jump (40-0 ½ (12.20m).

Running the 1000 for the first time since his freshman season, senior co-captain Cooper Goslin (South Windsor) PRd with a time of 2:38.63 in a third-place finish in a field of six runners, .63 shy of second place.

At left: Junior Samantha McKosky continued her assault on the program's indoor mile record, falling just .46 seconds shy of the six-year-old mark with a time of 5:22.60.

More than 25 percent of the women's 35-person 200 was filled out by Eastern runners, who numbered ten. Placing in the Top 10 of the race were sophomores Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) and Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook) and junior Tara Shayler (Avon). Brown won her heat and was seventh (27.74) overall, Brodeur ninth (28.01) with a PR, and Shayler was tenth (28.24) in her first race at that distance.

In addition to running the relay, Brodeur raced to third place in a field of 24 in the 400 (1:03.25) – her second PR of the afternoon. Two of the top four times in the 400 were submitted by runners from Division II AIC.

After finishing last in the long jump, sophomore JahDey Wright (Colchester) redeemed himself by claiming fourth place in a field of 13 in the triple jump (40-10 1/2/12.46m)

Sophomore Brittany Kriley (Fair Lawn, NJ) was entered in four events: the 200 and 400, 60 hurdles and high jump, setting PRS in the hurdles and high jump.  She was Eastern's top finisher in the 60 hurdles -- tenth overall in the preliminaries (10.33) – and in the high jump (5-0 1/2/1.54m). She was technically fifth in the high jump but only two competitors had better heights.

Competing in the 400 for the first time, first-year sophomore Nicklas Brink (Stockholm, Sweden) led three Eastern runners at the finish line with a time of 54.11, placing sixth overall in a field of 21.

Including event winner Haley Knox, Eastern had three of the top ten in the 1000. Senior tri-captain Kassandrah Banks (Wethersfield) was seventh (3:20.97) and sophomore Maggie Dulak (North Branford) tenth (3:26.64). Banks demolished her previous best of 3:49.30, which came in her only other attempt at that distance as a freshman at the Yale Invitational.

Freshman Lauren Bresson (Roxbury) posted a PR of 2:36.30 in a seventh-place finish in a field of 14 in the 800, trailing only Samantha McKosky among Eastern runners in the event. Behind Brodeur, junior Fanta Faro (New Haven) was Eastern's second runner with a fifth-place finish in a field of 24 in the 400 (1:04.13). She was also 13th among 35 in the 200 (28.69).

Men's senior co-captain Nick Afragola (Killingworth), a sprinter, has missed all three meets this year with injury.

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At the Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday at the Bacon Field House, beginning at 10 a.m., the first of three track & field invitationals hosted by the Cardinals this year.