Little East Conference
Weekly Awards Program

Through Sunday, April 22 

Women’s Track & Field – Report #4

Rookie Track Athlete-of-the-Week

Arlene Blackwell, Fr., Winsted

Freshman Arlene Blackwell (Winsted) won the 400 hurdles in a field of three with a personal-best time of 1:14.36 at the Eastern Connecticut State University Invitational Friday, helping Eastern to first place in a field of four teams. Blackwell’s previous-best indoor time came April 14 (1:14.83) with a third-place finish among ten competitors at Mount Holyoke. . Indoors this past winter, Blackwell competed in the 60 hurdles, high jump and 600 meters. Blackwell becomes the women’s program’s third such honoree this year, following freshman 800 meter runner Lauren Bresson (Roxbury), who was recognized in two of the first three reports of the outdoor season.

Rookie Field  Athlete-of-the-Week

Madeleine Dalberg, Fr., Pitea, Sweden 

The indoor record-holder in the long jump and 60 hurdles, freshman Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden) won the long jump in a field of ten competitors with a mark of 17-7 ½ (5.37m) at the Eastern Connecticut State University Invitational Friday, helping Eastern to first place in a field of four teams. Dalberg’s distance was the best among 14 total participants in the event, which included three members from the University of Connecticut club team and one unattached competitor. The outdoor competition was the first since March 30 for Dalberg, who had opened the outdoor season with a mark of 17-10 ¾  and second-place finish in a field of 22 at Eastern’s Warriors Invitational. During the indoor season, Dalberg was twice recognized by the LEC with weekly awards after setting the program record in the 60 hurdles and after posting the third-best long-jump mark in program history (later breaking the indoor record in the LEC Championships).

 

Men’s Track & Field – Report #4 

Rookie Track Athlete-of-the-Week

Maxwell Chace, Fr., Brooklyn 

Freshman  Maxwell Chace (Brooklyn) broke the facility record in winning the 3000 steeplechase in a field of two runners when Eastern placed second in its own four-team invitational this past Friday. Chace was timed in 10:27.16, bettering the previous record by eight seconds. Chace outran a total field of five in that race, which included three runners from the University of Connecticut club team. At Mount Holyoke the previous week, Chace was timed in 10:32.07 in the steeplechase. Chase opened his track career March 30 with a time of 16:37.73 in a second-place finish to freshman teammate Brian Balkus (Ashford) at 5,000 meters in a field of 13 runners. During the cross country season, Chace ran as the No. 2 runner early in the season before injury curtailed his season.

 

The Eastern men and women’s track & field teams participate in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at Bridgewater State University.