GORHAM, Maine – After competing in back-to-back non-scoring meets at the University of Southern Maine, the Husson University men's track & field team already showed improvement from their first meet competing as a program in early December. Husson had student-athletes competing in fifteen different events on Saturday afternoon at the Southern Maine Invitational II.
Jake Dobos once again set the pace for the Eagles in the 55-meter dash finishing the race in 6.95 seconds. Shaving off a couple milliseconds from their times in the last meet, Dominick Lizotte crossed over at 7.00 seconds and Marcus Theriault hit 7.08 seconds.
The top three runners in the 200-meter dash for the Eagles included Dobos who set a new school record with a time of 24.76 seconds, followed by Therialt immediately after at 24.99 seconds and Jeff Ward crossed over at 25.09 seconds.
Finishing the 400-meter dash for Husson in under one minute was Blake Trueworthy in the lead setting a new program record in 56.71 seconds for fifth. Trailing after him was William Richard in 57.71 seconds and Saker Ghanayem in 58.53 seconds for sixth and seventh.
Only one Eagle competed in each of three longer distance events. Coming out on top in the 800-meter run was Zach Hartman for first place finishing with a time of 2:05.12. Increasing the distance, Derek Hawes took on the 1000-meter run and crossed the finish line at 3:10.14. Closing out the long distance was Chris Pomerleau in the 1 mile run, racing around the track several times to clock a 5:22.91 mile. Each student-athlete who competed in these three events was the first Eagle ever to compete in them since the program was started.
The Husson men competed in the 4x400-meter relay and the distance medley for the first time and achieved third (3:49.36) and fourth (12:30.26). Trueworthy, Ghanayem, Richard, and Francesco Wright composed the relay team while Hartman, Hawes, Adam Hitchcock, and Pomerleau made up the medley.
Zion Gurney was vying for second in a four-way tie after clearing 1.78 meters in the high jump. Richard was just short of him at 1.68 m. Over in the pole vault, Lizotte cleared 4.11 meters for third place. Coming in fifth and eighth were Wright and LaFramboise topping 3.65 m and 3.35 m.
Gurney competed in both the long jump and triple jump, recording his best finish in the triple in fifth place with the best jump out of the other Eagles at 11.68 meters. In the long jump he covered 5.07 m. Ward took 11th place in the long jump notching 5.40 m and Locke hit 5.16 m. In triple, Charette cleared 11.25 m and 10.85 m for sixth and seventh.
Closing out the meet were the throwing events with Eric Hathaway once again led the way for Husson in both shot put (13.43 meters – second place) and the weight throw (12.05 meters – first place). John Chen, Joe Minard, and Tyler Blair all finished in the top 10 in both events. In shot put, Chen threw 11.25 m (fourth), Minard threw 10.91 m (fifth), and Blair threw 10.30 m (ninth). Over in the weight throw the trio took third, fourth, and fifth places in the same order, Chen (11.28 m), Minard (10.49 m), and Blair (7.58 m).
The men's indoor track & field team will travel to Brunswick Maine next weekend for the Bowdoin Invitational I at Bowdoin College on Saturday, Jan. 13.