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Track and field teams place second at annual Reggie Poyau Invitational

Last weekend, the Judges hosted the annual Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational at the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. Both the men’s and women’s teams finished in second place. The men’s team finished second with 83 points, behind Division I school Merrimack College. The women’s team also placed second with 97 points, training behind Division II school Assumption College.

Men’s Track and Field

The Judges dominated in the heptathlon with Jack Allan ’20 and Dionysus Morris-Evans ’22 finishing first and second, respectively. Allan finished with 4639 points while Morris-Evans finished with 4198 points. Not only was this a personal record (PR) for Allan, this score is the second-highest performance so far among all Division III schools this season. Morris-Evans’ score is the sixth-highest performance in Division III.

Allan finished first in three of the seven events, including long jump with a distance of 6.43 meters, 60-meter hurdles in 8.72 seconds and pole vault with a height of 3.74 meters. Morris-Evans finished first in the 1000-meter run with a time of 3:00.44, second in the high jump with a height of 1.91 meters and third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of nine seconds. 

Patrick Quinlan ’21 won the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.46 seconds, almost two-tenths of a second faster than the second place finisher. His teammate Jamie O’Neill ’22 came in fourth, with a time of 53.31 seconds. 

Matthew Driben ’22 won the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:07.75. Rookie Casey Brackett ’23 finished in seventh with a time of 9:34.34. 

Breylen Ammen ’21 tied for second in pole vault after clearing a height of 4.0 meters on his first try. Aaron Corin ’20 finished in fourth after clearing a height of 4.0 meters on his second try. 

Jacob Judd (GRAD) finished third in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:03.54, half a second behind the second place finisher from Merrimack College. Rookie Siva Annadorai ’23 finished 12th in the 800 with a time of 2:08.28.

Aaron Baublis ’21 finished fourth overall in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.85.

The 4×400 meter relay team of Aaron Portman ’22, O’Neil, rookie Dean Campbell ’23 and Quinlan finished fourth with a time of 3:39.93, fourth-hundredths of a second behind the third place team. The relay team of Baublis, Reese Farquhar ’22, Tanner Richards ’22 and Judd finished sixth with a time of 3:42.90. 

Maddox finished fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.23 seconds, three-hundredths of a second behind the fourth place finisher from Bentley University. He also came in second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.18, just a second behind Anthony Spignese ’23 from Assumption College. 

Rookie Thomas Vandalovsky ’23 finished fifth in shot put, throwing a distance of 13.51 meters. Vandalovsky also placed 11th in weight throw with a distance of 11.21 meters. Teammate Jonathan Hau ’23 finished in 12th in the weight throw with a distance of 11.00 meters. 

Alec Rodgers ’20 finished in sixth in the mile run with a time of 4:37.09. Teammate Dan Curley ’20 finished in 14th with a time of 4:45.70. 

Kevin Truong ’21 finished ninth in the long jump with a length of 5.99 meters. Teammate Michael Leung ’21 finished in 13th with a distance of 5.75 meters. 

Women’s Track and Field

All-American Devin Hiltunen ’22 and rookie Sydney D’Ammadio ’23 were both double winners, helping the Judges to five wins. Hiltunen and D’Ammadio were part of the winning 4×400 meter relay, with Hiltunen as anchor and D’Ammadio running the third leg. Both were joined by rookies Yahni Lapa ’23 and Victoria Morrongiello ’23, who ran the first and second leg, respectively. The team won the race with a time of 4:16.25, over a second faster than the second place team from the University of Southern Maine.

Hiltunen also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.78 seconds, winning by seven-hundredths of a second over second place finish Claudia Koontz ’22 from Assumption College. D’Ammadio won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.55, also beating Koontz by two-hundredths of a second. Hiltunen finished in sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:04.40, beating out teammate Lapa by four-hundredths of a second. 

The Judges had two more wins from the middle and long-distance runners. The Judges swept the top four positions in the 3000 meter run, led by Niamh Kenney ’21, who won the race with a time of 10:45.58. Danielle Bertaux ’20 came in second with a time of 10:48.9, followed by Erin Magill ’22 in 10:56.98 and Kate Danziger ’22 in fourth with a time of 11:03.49. 

In the mile, Andrea Bolduc ’21 finished nearly five seconds faster than the second place finisher, finishing the race in 5:14.38. Her teammate, Natalie Hattan ’22 finished in third with a time of 5:32.83, a new PR. 

Morrongiello added another eight points to the Judges’ total with a second place finish in the 600 meter run, finishing the race in 1:46.97. Teammates Lisbeth Valdez ’21 and Mahala Lahvis ’21 finished in third and seventh with times of 1:47.44 and 1:49.94, respectively. 

In the 60-meter hurdles, Lydia Harris ’20 hit a new PR with a time of 10 seconds, placing fifth in the final. Willa Moen ’20 and Tessa Holleran ’20 placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in the preliminaries, just missing the mark for finals. 

Moen finished third in the inaugural women’s pentathlon with 2545 points after finishing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles, 800 meter run, high jump and long jump. Holleran finished eighth with 2231 points. 

The Judges will head to Bowdoin College this weekend for the second Bowdoin Invitational of the season. 

Editor’s Note: Victoria Morrongiello is a member of the women’s track and field team and is the Deputy News Editor of The Hoot.

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