Track & Field: Women and Men Each Take Nine Firsts at Eastern Invitational

Track & Field: Women and Men Each Take Nine Firsts at Eastern Invitational

MANSFIELD, Conn. – The Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's teams each won nine events at the 11th Annual Eastern Invitational Friday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

Eight different individuals and one relay copped firsts for both the women and men, the women capturing their second invitational title in seven days. The Eastern women totaled 194 points to edge Bridgewater State University (180). Regis College was third (65) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (36) fourth.

In the men's competition, Bridgewater State compiled nearly 30 percent of its points in four throwing events – outscoring Eastern 74-6 in those events – en route to an easy team victory. The Bears collected 276 points, Eastern 152, Regis 55 and Massachusetts Maritime 40.

The Eastern women won five individual running events, two jumps and one throwing event.

Senior Amanda Terenzi (Coventry, RI) won the 5,000 (19:42.90), juniors Samantha McKosky (Deep River) the 800 (2:21.53) and Haley Knox (Bristol) the 1,500 (5:03.52), sophomores Lydia Niderno (Willington) the javelin (113-1), and Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) the 200 (26.93), and freshmen Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden) the long jump (17-7 ½), Arlene Blackwell (Winsted) the 400 hurdles (1:14.36), and Jasmine Conduah (Fairfield) the high jump with a jump of 5-2 ½.

Running uncontested, the Warriors also claimed the women's 4x400 relay, with competitors including junior Fanta Faro (New Haven), freshman Lauren Bresson (Roxbury), junior Raquel Romano (Southington) and sophomore Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook).

In addition to taking the 4x100 relay in a time of 44.09, the Eastern men grabbed ten points with first-place finishes in five running events and three jumps. Individual winning included seniors Nick Afragola (Killingworth) in the 200 (22.85) and Cooper Goslin (South Windsor) in the 800 (1:59.29), junior Chidebe Ndibe  (West Hartford) in the long jump (21-11 ½), sophomores Mike Braley (Oxford) in the high jump (5-6) and John Meade (Southington) in the 100 (11.30), and freshmen Brian Balkus (Ashford) in the 5,000 (16:36.05), Maxwell Chace (Brooklyn) in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:27.16) and Tai Barron (Mansfield) in the pole vault (12-3 ½).

Running the winning 4x100 men's relay were Meade, freshman Nicklas Brink (Stockholm, Sweden), sophomore Lucian Afragola (Killingworth) and Nick Afragola.

Eastern competes in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday, April 28 at Bridgewater State.