NEW LONDON -- In the third meet of the season – second in two days – the Warriors competed at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Spring Invitational Saturday. After taking part Friday at the abbreviated Regis College Invitational – called off after several events were completed due to steady snow – a limited number of Eastern competitors helped the men's team to 58 points and the women's team to 67 at Coast Guard.
Three Eastern individuals won field events: juniors Matt Pinney (Mansfield) and Brianna Starkey (Colchester), and sophomore JahDey Wright (Colchester). Pinney won the shot put (43-8 ½), Starkey the pole vault (9-2 ¼) and Wright the triple jump (41-0 ½).
The first-place finish was the fifth in outdoor pole vault competition for Starkey, the fourth outdoors in the shot for Pinney and first in the career of Wright in the triple jump either indoors or outdoors. In the process, Wright also established a personal best.
In addition to out-throwing a field of nine in the shot, Pinney was also fifth in the discus (116-11).
After winning the mile at the outdoor season-opening Warrior Invitational a week ago, freshman Brian Balkus (Ashford) contined to shine in distance events, posting a third-place finish in a field of 15 at 5,000 meters with a PR of 16:11.14.
In his first career outdoor meet in the pole vault, freshman Tai Barron (Mansfield) placed third with a mark of 12- 5 ½.
Behind Wright's winning mark in the triple jump, junior Sone Sourignamath (Old Saybrook) was fourth (38-11 ½) and junior Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford) seventh (36-8 ½) to provide Eastern with 17 points in the event.
Sophomore Brittany Kriley (Fair Lawn, NJ) was second in the high jump for the women's team, matching her mark of 4-10 ½ at last week's Warrior Invitational.
Additional women's team members placing among the top five were junior Samantha McKosky (Deep River), who was third in the 800 (2:22.1), and fifth-place finishers Haley Knox (Bristol), a junior, and sophomores Ahriyan Brown (New Britain), Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook) and Savannah Johnson (Ledyard).
Brown, Brodeur, McKosky and Knox were all placed in the fastest heat in their respective events.
Knox, the indoor record-holder in the 1,000, set a PR of 5:03.61 in the 1,500;
second in the 200 at the Warrior Invitational, Brown was timed in 26.71 in the 200 at Coast Guard; Brodeur, who won the Warrior Invitational 400, was timed in 1:03.77 at Coast Guard; Johnson was measure at 108-6 in the javelin.