DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's track & field teams made their presence felt in a big way Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Corsair Classic.
Senior Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford) and freshman Rahman Oteng (Accra, Ghana) were double winners in field events and sprints, respectively to pace the men to third place in a field of 20 scoring teams, while senior Haley Knox (Bristol), juniors Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook) and Brittany Kriley (Fair Lawn, NJ) and sophomore Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden) all won events to help the women's team to second place in a field of 16 scoring teams.
The men totaled 108 points – one shy of runner-up Westfield State University and 33 behind team champion Bridgewater State University; the women's point total of 108.50 exceeded that of the other six New England Alliance teams competing and trailed only Division II Southern New Hampshire University (136.5).
Ndibe established a personal record of 44-9 ¾ (13.66m) in winning the triple jump in a field of 29 with the fourth-best distance in program history, qualifying for the New England Division III Championship in the process. He also recorded his second-best mark ever with a 22-5 ¼ (6.84m) in winning the long jump by a foot among 34 competitors – an event in which he qualified last week for the New England meet.
Oteng qualified for the New England meet with a time of 22.66 in the 200 in out-running a field of 80 in his first outdoor effort in that event. Oteng, who sat out the second half of the indoor season with injury, followed up his 100 meter time of 11.07 last week at Ursinus College with a winning time of 10.99 – the ninth-fastest time in program history. He outran 60 other competitors in the race.
With a time of 9:55.05 in the 3000 steeplechase – the third-fastest in program history, freshman Ryan Escoda (Newtown) also qualified for the New England meet. He was second among 13 in the event, improving his time by over 20 seconds from a week ago.
Brodeur's 400 time fastest in 36 seasons
In a field of 27 runners, Brodeur ran the fastest 400 (58.74) since All-America and Eastern Hall of Famer Judy Pemberton posted a record time of 56.44 at the 1983 outdoor nationals.
Knox was the only finisher under 12 minutes when she recorded a winning time of 11:55.82 in the 3000 steeplechase. Her winning time was second only to her program-record of 11:46.63, set at the New England meet.
Competing in her first meet since the New England indoors Feb. 23, Dalberg won the long jump in a field of 37 by over a foot with a PR of 18-0 ¼ (5.49m) – just ¾ of an inch shy of the program's outdoor record (she holds the program's indoor record).
Kriley won the high jump for the second time in her career with a mark of 4-11 (1.50). She was one of four individuals to reach that mark and was award the winning ten points on jumps.
Brodeur, Knox and Dalberg all met the standard for competing in the New England Championship in early May.
The Warriors compete in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Spring Invitational Saturday at 11 a.m.