PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior John Boisette (East Hartford) and sophomore Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford) were double winners as the Eastern Connecticut State University men won the Plymouth State University Panther Invitational Saturday at ALLWell North on the PSU campus.
For the women, who were second only to Division II Southern New Hampshire University, freshman Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) won the 200 and was second in the 60 and ran a leg of the winning 4x200 relay.
In a meet where only two competitors in individual events were awarded points, the Eastern men totaled 110 points, Plymouth State 97, Colby-Sawyer College 64, Regis College (MA) 35 and Lasell College 18. In the women's meet, SNHU totaled 115 points, Eastern 103.5, Colby-Sawyer 49.2, Plymouth State 49, Regis 27, and Lasell 1.
Boisette was timed in 7.18 in winning the 60 and 23.46 in the 200, with Ndibe reaching 6-2 in capturing the high jump and 43-3 ¼ in the triple jump. Additional winners for the men were senior tri-captain Lawrence McGill (New Haven) with a time of 51.91 in the 400 and senior Chris Armstrong (Bolton) with a clocking of 16:59.56 in the 5,000.
Also securing firsts for the women were sophomores Samantha McKosky (Deep River), Fanta Faro (New Haven) and Haley Knox (Bristol), along with the 4x200 relay of freshman Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook), Brown, freshman Brittany Kriley (Fair Lawn, NJ) and Faro. Brown claimed the 200 in a time of 28.12, McKosky the 5000 (19:13.72), Faro the 400 (1:04.55), Knox the 800 (2:31.45). The 4x200 relay finished first in 1:52:30. In a battle of freshmen, Brown's photo-finish time of 8:365 in the 60 was a hair behind winner Bernice Boateng (8.361) of Regis.
Contributing five points each to the men's total by placing second in individual events were senior tri-captain Mike Underwood (Farmington), junior Nick Afragola (Killingworth), sophomores Ryan Adams (Manchester), Sone Sourignamath (Old Saybrook) and Matt Pinney (Mansfield) and freshman Kevin Russell (Berlin). Underwood ran the 800 (2:07.48), Afragola the 60 (7.34), Adams the 5000 (18:58.29), and Russell the 500 (1:12.94). Sourignamath competed in the triple jump (40-6), Pinney in the shot put (43-7).
Joining Brown for the women with second-place showings were Brodeur, Kriley, junior Ariel Smith (Stratford), and sophomore Brianna Starkey (Columbia), along with the 4x800 relay. Brodeur ran the 200 (29.13) and Smith the 5000 (20:14.53) while Kriley competed in the high jup (4-9 ¾) and Starkey the pole vault (8-8 ¼). Forming the 4x800 relay were junior tri-captain Rachel Berkowsky (Stoughton, MA), Knox, freshman Maggie Dulak (Northford) and senior tri-captain Mariah McPhee (Bristol), which trailed only SNHU in 10:42.59
Eastern participates in the Springfield College Massasoit Classic Saturday at 11 a.m.