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Men's & Women's Track and Field Close Out Indoor Season at New England Division III Championships; Dalberg Repeats in LJ

Men's & Women's Track and Field Close Out Indoor Season at New England Division III Championships; Dalberg Repeats in LJ

Sophomore Madeline Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden) repeated All-New England honors, senior Haley Knox (Bristol) broke her own record at 1000 meters and freshmen Christopher Weir (Norwich) and Ryan Escoda (Newtown) set personal bests at the New England Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend. The women's event was held at Bowdoin College and the men's at MIT.

Despite competing in the long jump for only the fourth time this season due to injuries, Dalberg placed seventh among 32 participants with a mark of 17-2 (5.23m). Last year, Dalberg had set the current long jump record of 18-3 ¾ and went on to place third at the New England Championships.

The top eight individuals in each event score points and are named All-New England. With two points for her seventh-place finish, Dalberg was the only Eastern male or female to register points.

O Knox broke her own record with a time of 3:07.55 in a 15th-place finish in the 1000, eclipsing her previous program record of 3:07.70 set last Friday at Boston University.

O Weir was the only Eastern athlete to compete on Friday, when set a PR of 14-2 (4.32m) in a tenth-place finish in the pole vault, bettering his previous mark of 13-9 ¼ in a second-place finish at last week's Little East Conference Championships. Weir reached the opening height Friday on his third and final jump and exceeded the next two heights on his first tries.

O Second at last weekend's LEC meet, Escoda was clocked in a PR of 8:49.96 to place 17th in the 3000. His previous best of 8:51.37 had come Jan. 26 at Springfield College.

O Junior Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) had a PR of 26.71 in a 13th-place finish in the 200, just .32 shy of the nine-year-old record It was the fourth straight time she broke 27 seconds.

O Senior Chide Ndibe (West Hartford) had qualified this year in both the long jump and triple jump. Saturday, he was 11th in the triple jump (43-2 1/4/13.16m) and 16th in the long jump (20-2 ½ /6.16m). The triple jump distance was the second-best of his career.

O Senior Matt Pinney (Mansfield) exceeded his best in New England competition by nearly five feet with a mark of 45-1 (13.74m) in the shot put, where he placed 12th. He was 22nd as a sophomore.

O The two-time LEC indoor champion in the mile, senior Samantha McKosky (Deep River) was11th in a time of 5:15.32.

O McKosky also anchored the 4x800 relay which placed 14th in a time of 9:59.00. The relay, which also won its second straight LEC title last weekend, included sophomore Lauren Bresson (Roxbury), Knox and senior Christina Gosselin (Old Saybrook).

O Also competing were first-year senior Brendan Cullinane (South Windsor), juniors JahDey Wright (Colchester) and Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook), sophomore Jasmine Conduah (Fairfield), and freshman Shemar Stewart (Bloomfield). Cullinance was 20th in the long jump (19-11 ¾ /6.09m), Wright  18th in the triple jump (40-6/12.34m), Brodeur 23rd in the 400 (1:03.16), Conduah tied for 19th in the high jump (5-0 1/4/1.53m) and Stewart competed in the preliminaries of the 60 hurdles (9.04).

Eastern opens its outdoor season March 23 at the Ursinus College Outdoor Invitational at a time not yet announced