NEW LONDON – In the third indoor meet of his career back at Smith College on January 19, freshman Rahman Oteng (Accra, Ghana) became the first individual in program history to break seven seconds in the 60, clocking a record winning time of 6.96 in the final and qualifying for the New England Open indoor championships.
Saturday, in his third outdoor meet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Spring Invitational, Oteng wrote himself into the program recordbook again, trimming .01 seconds off the eight-year-old record in the 100 by winning the event in a time of 10.78 and qualifying for the New England Open outdoor championships.
Oteng was running the 100 for the third time, having clocked an 11.07 in the preliminaries at the outdoor opener March 23 at Ursinus College, then racing to a winning time of 10.99 in a field of 61 competitors last Saturday at UMass Dartmouth.
At Coast Guard, Oteng bested 28 other competitors as one of two individuals to break 11 seconds in the event. In a battle of freshmen, Oteng edged Robert Allen of Trinity (10.99) in the fourth heat.
In addition to capturing the 100, Oteng collected gold again by winning the 200 (22.12) in another large field (39 competitors. The time bettered his mark of 22.66 in his first outdoor effort at that distance at UMass Dartmouth.
The Eastern men (105 points) tied UMass Dartmouth for third among seven scoring teams with 105 points, while the women were fifth among eight scoring teams with 82.5 points.
Junior Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) was second in a field of 19 with a time of 12.86 in the 100. Her time was just off her personal record of 12.81 set in the preliminaries of last year's New England Division III meet. Brown also raced to third place in a field of 42 in the 200 with a time of 26.37, her top time in outdoor competition this year.
In the field events, junior Brittany Kriley (Fair Lawn, NJ) was second in the high jump (4-11/1.50m) and sophomore Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden) second in the long jump (17-5.5/5.32m) and junior Savannah Johnson (Ledyard) was third in the javelin (111-3/33.91m).
For the men in field events, senior Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford) won the triple jump (44-4.25/13.52m) among 12 entrants for the second consecutive met and placed third in the long jump (20-11.75/6.39m) and third in the high jump (6-0.75/1.85m).
Eastern competes at the Southern New Hampshire University Penmen Relays Saturday at 10 a.m.