Wortman Goes Down in Program History as Men's Indoor T&F Take Fourth at Bates Invitational

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

LEWISTON, Maine – Sophomore Cayd Wortman set new standards for the Husson men's indoor track & field program, at the Bates Invitational on Friday night and Saturday, as the first male Eagle to ever compete in a heptathlon. Competing in a combination of seven track and field events, Wortman helped Husson bring home fourth place while even taking on DII Franklin Pierce along with several other DIII schools.

After 24 hours of nonstop competition for Wortman, he accumulated 4,427 points to qualify for the DIII New England Championships in the heptathlon with a third-place overall finish and a four-place ranking in New England. This feat currently makes Wortman the only Eagle out of both men and women's indoor track & field squads, to qualify for the DIII New England Championship in more than one event this season. 

Out of all the competitors Wortman posted the best result in high jump with 1.84 meters which was good enough to break the current program record. He also broke a school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.69 seconds, faster than any other male in the heptathlon. The sophomore distance in the long jump now puts him at second in the Husson indoor program with 6.04m and third in Husson history in both the pole vault (3.70m) and 1000-meter run (2:58.82). In the 60-meter dash, Wortman now sits in seventh in school history with his time of 7.53 seconds. The shot put rounds out his seven events as he tossed it 9.25m. 

Three Eagles won their events on Saturday with Zach Hartman qualifying for the DIII New England Championship in the 800-meter run for a new school record (1:59.43) which put him in ninth out of all New England in this event. In the field Dominick Lizotte vaulted himself over 4.4m to break the program record in pole vault and tie him for seventh in New England. In his first ever collegiate meet, freshman Dominic Laptiste not only qualified for the DIII New England Championship, but also broke the Husson program record in the long jump with 6.7m to currently rank sixth in New England. Jeff Ward took fourth in the event jumping to 5.87m and Lizotte grabbed sixth accomplishing 5.69m. To round out the field events, John Chen snagged fifth place in the weight throw with a 13.15m toss.

In the short distance events, Nasiar Rivera took fifth in both the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.34 seconds to sit at 13th in New England as well as the 200-meter dash, crossing in at 24.09 seconds for a season best and second all-time in school history.

Two Eagles set new school records with Ricky Smith dashing across the finish line in the 400-meter for a season best time of 55.41 seconds. In the 3000-meter run, Joel Bond crushed 15 seconds off his personal best time with 9:50.41. 

A team effort in the 4x400-meter relay by Hartman, Carter Patterson, Joey Gay, and Smith helped bring home third with a time of 3:52.46, for the fifth best time in the event in program history.

The Eagles will compete next Saturday, January 26th at the Southern Maine Invitational II, after competing at the University of Southern Maine in their first meet of the season back in December 2018.