Track & Field: Women Break 4x800 Meter Relay Record at NE Championships

Track & Field: Women Break 4x800 Meter Relay Record at NE Championships

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Senior John Boisette (East Hartford) became the first Eastern Connecticut State University athlete to achieve All-New England honors at both 100 and 200 meters in 17 years at the 2017 Division III Track & Field Championships this past weekend at the Lee Track & Field Complex at Weston Field on the Williams College campus.

A total of 19 Eastern men and women competed in the championship by virtue of qualifying during the regular season, with six men earning All-New England honors a total of seven times. The top eight finishers in each individual and relays score points and earn All-New England recognition.

Boisette equaled his personal best with a time of 10.89 in the final of the 100, where he placed sixth in an original field of 26, and set a personal mark with a time of 22.01 in capturing seventh place among 34 entrants in the 200. They were the first outdoor All-New England honors in individual events for Boisette, who became the first Eastern athlete since E-Club Hall of Famer Jason Edwards in 2000 to double in those events. Edwards was  2nd in the 100 and 200 (and third in the long jump) that season.

Additional individuals achieving All-New England honors were junior Nick Afragola (Killingworth) in the 200 and the 4x800 relay team of junior Greg Schroeder (Wethersfield), senior tri-captains Lawrence McGill (New Haven) and Mike Underwood (Farmington) and junior Cooper Goslin (South Windsor).

Afragola was one spot behind Boisette in the 200, where he placed eighth in a personal-best time of 22.03. The 4x800 relay broke the program record of 8:09.44, set at the New England Championships two years ago. Underwood and Goslin were both members of that 2015 relay.

McGill fell .10 seconds shy of eighth place in the 400 with a PR of 49.27, roughly a second off three-year-old record, qualifying for this coming weekend's New England Open, also at Williams College. Boisette also qualified for the Open in the 100 and 200 and Afragola in the 200.

Like the men, the women's 4x800 established a program record, clocking a time of 9:54.89 which wiped out the previous record of 10:00.87 set at Springfield College in the 2014 New England Championships. Comprising the record-setting relay which finished tenth among 14 teams were sophomore Haley Knox (Bristol), junior tri-captain Kassandrah Banks (Wethersfield), sophomore Christina Gosselin (Old Saybrook), and senior tri-captain Mariah McPhee (Bristol). McPhee had run the third leg of the 2014 record-setting 4x800.

The 4x100 relay fell roughly a second off the 33-year-old program mark. Runners included freshman Savannah Johnson (Ledyard), Brown, sophomore Fanta Faro (New Haven) and freshman Haley Brodeur (Old Saybrook).

Freshman Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) was the top individual finisher for the women, taking a share of 11th place in a field of 22 in the 200. Her PR of 25.63 was just .35 seconds off the 34-year-old record set by E-Club Hall of Famer Judy Pemberton at the 1983 national championships.

Sophomore Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford), an indoor All-New England qualifier in the long jump as a freshman, was scratched from the long jump and triple jump due to injury sustained prior to the Little East Conference Championships April 29.