KINGSTON, R.I. – For the second consecutive week, sophomore Haley Knox (Bristol) broke the women's indoor program record at 1,000 meters to highlight Eastern Connecticut State University's participation in the Coaches Tribute Invitational, hosted by the University of Rhode Island Saturday.
For the men, senior tri-captain Lawrence McGill (New Haven) placed eighth in the 400 meters and ran a leg of the 4x400 relay which was fifth and senior Jason Bindner (Milford) was seventh in the long jump as the highest finisher in the event among Division III competitors.
Among 13 teams which included six from Division I, the Eastern men finished 12th with seven points. The Eastern women did not score in a field of 14, half of which were from Division I.
Knox, who entered Saturday's meet having established a record-setting time of 3:16.77 last Saturday at Springfield College, chipped nearly four seconds off that mark with a time of 3:13.16 which placed her 19th in a field of 27. She was the second Division III athlete in the race.
McGill was timed in 52.37 in a 25-person field in the 400, good enough for one point. The 4x400 relay of freshman Zach Parisella (Hamden), freshman Mike Braley (Oxford), McGill, and senior tri-captain Mike Underwood (Farmington) was timed in 3:34.51 in a six-team field, picking up four points. Bindner earned the team's final two points with his performance in the long jump (20-5 ¼).
Additionally for the men, junior Nick Afragola (Killingworth) excelled at 200 and 60 meters and sophomore Matt Pinney (Mansfield) in the shot. Afragola raced to tenth place (23.02) in a field of 46 in the 200 and was 17th among 37 in the 60 (7.27), while Pinney placed tenth in a field of 21 (43-11 ¾).
Eastern competes in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at the University of Southern Maine.