GORHAM, Maine – The Husson men made history on Saturday afternoon as they competed for the first time together on the newly established men's indoor track & field team, a new program for Husson University. Every student-athlete that competed in an event set the tone for the Husson record book making history with each jump, race, or throw they completed. Despite being a non-scoring meet, Dominick Lizotte, Francesco Wright, and Eric Hathaway already impressively qualified for the DIII New England Championship at the Southern Maine Invitational.
Six Eagles competed in the 55-meter dash. Setting the pace was Jake Dobos taking fifth place finishing in 6.87 seconds. His fellow teammates crossed over the line shortly after, Lizotte at 7.06, Evan Chadbourne at 7.09, Marcus Theriault at 7.11, Jeff Ward at 7.24, and Nick Langille at 7.35.
Chadbourne led the way in the 200-meter dash finishing in 24.80 seconds while six Eagles trailed behind. Ward and Blake Trueworthy were within a second of his time at 25.14 and 25.61. Taking up the rear included; Nick Chandler finishing in 26.55 seconds followed by three Eagles one after another, Edward Miner at 28.54 (racing 25.00 in prelims), Shane Althouse at 28.85 (racing 26.55 in prelims), and Langille at 29.58.
Taking 7th, 8th, and 9th in the 400-meter dash was Trueworthy sprinting a 57.44 seconds race while Althouse and Miner set better times in the preliminary race with Miner's time being 58.75 and Althouse crossing in at 1:03.79.
William Richard tackled the longest distance event for Husson, finishing the 600-meter run in 1:34.20.
Husson submitted two teams for the 4x200-meter relay and walked away with 2nd and 3rd places times. 'B' Team included Chadbourne, Dobos, William Goforth, and Miner as they raced a 1:40.34. Barely over a second after, the 'A' Team strolled in, consisting of Wortman, Wright, Trever LaFramboise, and Lizotte.
Kicking off the field events, Zion Gurney cleared 1.80 meters in the high jump. Teammate Richard surpassed 1.75 m while Charette jumped over 1.68 m.
Lizotte launched himself over 4.25 meters in pole vault for second while Wright pursued 4.10 m for fourth. In 8th place, Wortman achieved a height of 3.50 m.
Goforth was the only Eagle to place in the top ten in the long jump clearing 5.88 meters in one of his first jumps. Four other Eagles competed including; Gurney soaring 5.42 m, Ward leaping 5.29 m, Joe Johnson jumping 5.26 m, and Dominic Locke notching 5.43 m in his first jump.
Over in triple jump, Husson swept 6th to 9th place as Zion and Johnson led in the finals with distances of 11.78 and 11.49 meters. Charette and Locke saw better success in the preliminary rounds, jumping 13.03 m and 12.25 m.
Eric Hathaway dominated the throwing events taking first in both shot put and the weight throw with ease. In one of this first throws, he tossed the shot put 14.49 meters which was good enough to qualify for the DIII New England Championships. In weight throw, Hathaway sent it flying 12.59 meters. Other competitors were Tyler Blair notching 10.92 in shot (7th) and 9.51 in weight (4th), Joseph Minard hit 11.71 m in shot and 10.31 m in weight (3rd), Keyshawn Green threw 10.61 m in shot (10th) and 8.33 m in weight (9th), Oliver William cleared 9.67 m in shot and 8.35 m in weight (8th), Dobos sent the shot put 9.99 m, David Weymouth saw the shot go 5.98 m and the weight 4.84 m, and John Chen saw a huge improvement from his shot put throw to his weight throw as he tossed the weight 11.56 m for second.
The men's team will rest for the remainder of the 2017 year until they compete at the Bowdoin Invitational on January 13th in 2018.