NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Warriors returned to competition following a layoff of over five weeks for exams and the holidays, with just three days of formal workouts prior to the third meet of the indoor season at the Smith College Pioneer Invitational at the Smith College Indoor Track & Tennis Center.
Among 13 scoring teams, the men placed third, and got points from ten individuals – led by freshmen Rahman Oteng (Accra, Ghana) and Ryan Escoda (Newtown) -- who combined for 29 of the team's total of 74.
Senior Samantha McKosky (Deep River) earned 16 of the women's 39 points as the Warriors took eighth among 17 scoring teams. Six individuals combined on the team's point total.
After struggling last year, the men have been strengthened this season with the additions of several newcomers, among them senior Brendan Cullinane (South Windsor) and freshmen Oteng, Escoda, Christopher Weir (Norwich), Tamarko Oakes (West Haven) and Shemar Stewart (Bloomfield).
* Oteng became the first individual in program history to break seven seconds in the 60, clocking a winning time of 6.96 in the final after winning his heat in a time of 7.10. The time qualified him for the New England Open, is the second-fastest time this year in New England Division III and tied for the 13th-best time among New England Open qualifiers.
* In addition to outrunning a field of 37 in the 60, Oteng was second among 36 in a PR of 23.03 in the 200. Oteng won his heat and was just .23 off the winning time. Oteng amassed 18 points in his two events.
* The team's top cross country runner in the fall, Escoda recorded 11 points in two events. He was third in a field of 18 in 3,000 (9:01.27) and fourth among 25 in the mile (4:33.59).
* Cullinance improved in the long jump for the third straight meet, earning eight points with a second-place finish in a field of 22 (20-9 3/4/6.34m). He posted a mark of 37-10 ½ (11.54m) in his first try in the triple jump.
* Senior Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford) added seventh points by placing in two events: he shared fifth place among 22 in the long jump (20-3 1/2/6.18m) and was fifth among 15 in the triple jump (41-1/12.52m).
* Oakes and Weir each contributed six points with third-place finishes. In a field of nine competitors, Oakes equaled his PR of 5-8 ¾ (1.75m) in the high jump and Weir cleared 12-11 (3.95m) in the pole vault.
* Fourth-year senior Matt Pinney (Mansfield) uncorked the second-longest indoor throw of his career (45-9 1/4/13.95) in collecting five points with a fourth-place finish in a field of 20 in the shot put, qualifying for the New England Division III Championships once again. Pinney's longest indoor throw came last year when he won at Springfield College.
* Sone Sourignamath (Old Saybrook), another fourth-year competitor, chipped in four points in two events. He was sixth among 15 in the triple jump (40-2 1/4/12.25m) and eighth among 14 in the pole vault (9-6 1/4/2.90m).
* Stewart scored in the 60 hurdles with a finals time of 9.21 that netted him sixth place among 16 and three points.
* Graduate student Nick Afragola (Killingworth), who missed last year's indoor season with injury, rounded out the scorers with two points. H was seventh among 36 competitors with a time of 23.58 in the 200.
The Warriors have returned 20 individuals from last year's outdoor team which won two invitationals and placed second in the conference meet and fifth in the alliance.
* A four-year member of the cross country and track & field teams, McKosky won the mile, outrunning a field of 32. Her time of 5:14.29 was just two seconds shy of her program indoor mile record, set at last year's New England Division III Championships. Running the 800 for the first time this year, McKosky set a PR of 2:24.19 in placing third in a field of 24.
* Junior Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) PR'd in the preliminaries of the 60 (8.27), then broke the program record in the final. In a field of 46, she was fourth, good enough for five points. She was timed in 8.15 in the finals, bettered the previous four-year-old record of 8.22 Her previous best came in December (8.32) at the Rhode Island College Invitational.
* Junior Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybrook) qualified for the New England Division III Championships in the 400 with a PR of 1:01.86 that equals the 21st-best time in New England Division III this year. She earned one point with an eight-place finish among 28 competitors.
* Running the 5000 for the first time indoors, senior Haley Knox (Bristol) was timedin19:58.33 for fifth place among nine competitors and four points. Junior Rachel Osak (Portland) followed Knox in that race with a six-place finish. She crossed the finish line in 20:29.38.
* Senior tri-captain Christina Gosselin (Old Saybrook), another four-year cross country and track & field participant, rounded out the scorers. She added two points with a 23-second PR of 5:34.84 that landed her in seventh place among 32 runners.