PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In her first collegiate meet, first-year sophomore Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden) broke the Eastern Connecticut State University women's indoor track & field record in the 60 hurdles (9.70) and recorded the third-farthest long jump (17-3 ¼) in program history in helping the Warriors to second place among nine teams at the Plymouth State University Invitational Saturday at ALLWell North on the PSU campus.
Behind Dalberg's 19 points in three events and first-place finishes from juniors Haley Knox (Bristol) in the 800 (2:31.69), Samantha McKosky (Deep River) in the mile (5:25.09) and the 4x800 relay (10:32.40), the women compiled 141 points, just five behind winner Division II Franklin Pierce University.
Behind junior Matt Pinney's (Mansfield) second-place finish in the shot put (44-6 ¾), the Eastern men tied for third among eight teams in the competition, collecting 64 points. Franklin Pierce won with 214 points.
Both Eastern teams were coming off six-week layoffs.
In her first semester at Eastern, Dalberg easily broke the four-year-old 60 hurdles record of 9.93 after three days of training in placing third in the finals after advancing out of a field of 13 with a preliminary and record-breaking time of 9.74.She was second in a field of ten competitors in the long jump, with her distance third all-time behind Taylor Driggers (18-1 ¾) and E-Club Hall of Famer Judy Pemberton (17-5 ¾). In a field of 25, in the 60, Dalberg won her heat (fourth overall in a time of 8.52) and was timed at 8.47 for fourth place in the final.
Running the winning 4x800 (10:32.40) were senior Kassandrah Banks (Wethersfield), Knox, freshman Lauren Bresson (Roxbury) and McKosky.
McKosky's time in the mile was the third-fastest in program history and less than three seconds off the indoor record.
Sophomore Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook) was third in the 400 (1:05.09) and fourth in the 200 (28.36) to add 11 points to the women's total.
For the men, Pinney's toss exceeded his previous indoor best of 44-0 ½, set in the season-opener Dec. 9 at Rhode Island college.
All-New England junior Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford) took fourth in the long jump (21-0 ½) and third in the triple jump (41-2 ½) for 11 points, and senior Cooper Goslin (South Windsor) contributed ten points with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 800 (2:04.76) and mile (PR of 4:34.06).
Eastern competes at the Springfield College Massasoit Classic Saturday at 11 a.m.