PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Samantha McKosky (Deep River) became the first Eastern Connecticut State University female to win the Little East Conference mile – setting a program record in the process -- and ran a leg of the New England Alliance champion 4x800 meter relay at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.
In the mile, McKosky (5:16.90) won the LEC and was second in the NEA, and teamed with juniors Haley Knox (Bristol) and Christina Gosselin (Old Saybrook) and freshman Laura Bresson (Roxbury) to give the top-seeded Warriors their first NEA title in the 4x800 relay since 2007.
The Eastern women were fourth among seven teams in LEC scoring and sixth among 11 teams in NEA scoring. The Eastern men were seventh among seven in the LEC and 11th among 11 in the NEA scoring.
Freshman Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden) broke her own program record in the 60 hurdles with a finals time of 9.43 and also broke the program long jump record with a mark of 18-4 ¼ (5.59m). Dalberg was one of three competitors to break the NEA Championship record in the event, with former Eastern and current UMass Boston athlete Taylor Driggers winning with a record mark of 18-11 ¾ (5.78m). Dalberg was third in the long jump in both LEC and NEA scoring and third in the LEC and sixth in the NEA in the hurdles.
Senior tri-captain Kassandra Banks (Wethersfield) raced to second place in LEC scoring with a time of 19:53.83 in the 5000 and the 4x200 relay was second in the LEC in a time of 1:50.27. Competitors were junior Fanta Faro (New Haven) and sophomores Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook), Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) and Savannah Johnson (Ledyard).
Knox placed second in the 1000 (3:10.13) – a quarter-second off her program record and less than a second behind the winner – in both LEC and NEA scoring.
For the men, junior Matt Pinney (Mansfield) was second in the LEC in the shot put (44-2 3/4/13.48m) and freshman Tai Barron (Mansfield) second in the LEC in the pole vault (12-11 1/2/3.95m) and senior Cooper Goslin (South Windsor) placed fourth in the LEC mile (4:27.07).
Qualifiers will compete in the New England Division III Championships Friday and Saturday.