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Track & Field: Women Fifth, Men Sixth at New England Alliance Outdoor Championships

Track & Field: Women Fifth, Men Sixth at New England Alliance Outdoor Championships



FITCHBURG, Mass. –Senior Haley Knox (Bristol), junior Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook) and freshman Rahman Oteng (Accra, Ghana) and the men's 4x100 relay all won individual titles for Eastern Connecticut State University at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Fitchburg State University at Elliot Field Saturday.

In fields of 13 scoring teams, the Eastern women placed fifth and the men sixth.

The program recordholder in the 3,000 steeplechase, Knox became the first Eastern female or male to win either the NEA or LEC outdoor championship in that event, winning the NEA in a time of 12:03.42.

Brodeur became the first Eastern woman to win the 400 when she won the LEC title and placed second in field of 18 in the NEA with a time of 58.99.

Oteng became the first male or female in eight years to win the 100, when he captured the LEC title with a time of 11.38. He was third overall in the NEA in a field of 26.

The men's 4x100 continued its mastery in this meet, winning the LEC  for the tenth time since 1999 and for the fourth time in the last nine years with a time of 43.46. The team was third overall in the NEA.

For the men, other Top 5 finishers in NEA scoring included freshman Ryan Escoda (Newtown), who was the first freshman across the line in both the 1,500 (4:14.23) and 3,000 steeplechase (9:41.16). He was third in the NEA in the steeplechase and fourth in the 1,500.

Junior JahDey Wright (Colchester) was third in the triple jump (44-5 ¼), freshman Cody Goodson (East Hampton) fourth in the pole vault (12-11 ½), freshman John Walker (Westerly, RI)  fifth in the 5,000 (16:07.24), senior Brendan Cullinane (South Windsor) fifth in the long jump (21-8 ¾) and sophomore Tai Barron (Mansfield) fifth in the pole vault (12-5 ½).

In addition to Knox and Brodeur, Top 5 finishers for the women in NEA scoring: the 2018 champion 4x800 relay was second (10:20.80), junior Savannah Johnson (Ledyard) was third in the javelin (111-5), senior Christina Gosselin (Old Saybrook) was third in the 5,000 (19:15.68), junior Brittan Kriley (Fair Lawn, NJ) tied for third in the high jump (4-11), junior Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) was fourth in the 200 (27.01) and fifth in the 100 (13.30 in the finals)., Knox was fourth in the 1,500 (5:02.59), freshman Maggie Santacroce (Bristol) fifth in the 10,000 (42:51.33) and sophomore Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden) fifth in the long jump (16-11 ¼).