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Track & Field: Women, Men Combine for 18 Firsts, Sweep Own Invitational

Track & Field: Women, Men Combine for 18 Firsts, Sweep Own Invitational


Sophomore Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden) exceeded 18 feet outdoors for the second time in her career with an outdoor program record of 18-1 ¾ (5.53), which was exceeded only by senor Fatima St. Hillaire of Nichols College. Dalberg broke the four-year-old outdoor record of 18-1 set by Taylor Driggers in 2015. As a freshman in 2018, Dalberg set the program indoor record and all-time long jump record (18-4 ¼). Friday's jump, converted to 18-1, is the sixth-farthest in New England Division III this year (tied for 29th-best in Division III).

Junior Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook) won the 400 in a field of ten with a facility-record time of 59.01, breaking the previous facility record of 59.10, set 11 years ago by Eastern's Karina Johnson.

Junior Brittany Kriley (Fair Lawn, NJ) was a double winner in the 100 hurdles (16.20) in a field of ten and high jump (5-1/1.55m) in a field of seven. She posted a PR in the high jump.

Sophomore Arlene Blackwell (Winsted) won the 400 hurdles in a field of four in a time of 4:26.93.

Senior Haley Knox (Bristol) won the 800 in a field of ten in a time of 2:26.37.

In her first try at that distance, freshman Maggie Santacroce (Bristol) won the 5000 in a field of three with a time of 20:53.10.

Senior Brianna Starkey (Columbia) won the pole vault in this meet for the fourth straight year with a mark of 9-0 ¼  (2.75m)  in a field of five.

The 4x400 relay won in a field of three with a time of 4:26.93. Participants were sophomore Lauren Bresson (Roxbury), Knox, junior Maggie Dulak (Northford) and senior anchor Christina Gosselin (Old Saybrook).

Juniors Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) and Brodeur placed 2-3 in a virtual photo-finish in the 200 in a time of 26.26, giving Eastern 14 points. Eastern also picked up 12 points in the 100 when Brown and Brodeur placed 2-4 in times of 12.55 and 12.89, respectively.  Brown's time was a PR. Running unofficially, 2016 Rio Olympian Sunayna Wahl of Suriname posted the fastest time with a facility record of 12.12, .19 seconds better than Regis College's Fatima St. Hilaire.

Brodeur totaled  22 points in her three sprinting events. Her time in the 100 was a PR.

Behind Knox' winning effort in the 800, three of her teammates checked in at 3-4-6 to provide the Warriors with 21 of a possible 31 points in the event. Bresson (2:33.41) and Maggie Dulak (2:36) crossed the line at 3-4, with junior Holly Dulak (Northford) sixth (2:38.10).

In the high jump, 23 points came from a 1-2-3 finish of Kriley, sophomore Jasmine Conduah (Fairfield)  Blackwell. Conduah cleared  4-11 (1.50m) and Blackwell 4-9 (1.45m).

Junior Savannah Johnson's (Ledyard) throw of 111-4 (33.94m) in the javelin despite a swirling wind was her best of this year's outdoor season. The throw was good enough for second place and eight points, just two inches shy of the winner.


1. EASTERN CONN. 201; 2. Bridgewater State U. 148; 3. Regis College 122; 4. Nichols College 23; 5. UMass Bosotn 18; 6. Mass maritime Academy 13.