SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Eastern Connecticut State University athletes won four events in the fourth indoor track & field meet of the season at the Springfield College Massasoit Classic at the Springfield Field House. It was a non-scoring event.
For the men, freshman Rahman Oteng (Accra, Ghana) won the 60 meters for the consecutive week, freshman Ryan Escoda (Newtown) captured the mile after taking fourth a week ago at Smith College, senior Matt Pinney (Mansfield) was tops in the shot put, and Christina Gosselin (Old Saybrook) outran the field in the 1000. For the third straight year, Pinney won the event at Springfield, where he established a PR of 46-2 1/2 as a junior.
After setting the program record of 6.96 a week ago, Oteng was first among 25 entrants in the 60 Saturday (7.09). Escoda followed up last week's time of 4:33.59 with a PR of 4:27.91 in the mile, which remains the sixth-fastest in program history. Coming off his second-best throw ever last week, Pinney recorded a 45-8 (13.92m) in a field of 20 Saturday, and Gosselin was timed in 3:18.75 in a nine-team field in her first try at the 1000 this year, and was followed at the finish by junior Maggie Dulak (Northford) (3:23.02).
In addition to the mile, Escoda repeated his third-place finish in the 3000 with a PR of 8:51.37 which remains the second-fastest time in program history.
Capturing second place in their events were Dulak in the 1000, junior Ahriyan Brown (New Britain) in the 200 (26.89), freshman Tamarko Oakes (West Haven) in the high jump (5-8 3/4/1.75m), and senior Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford) in the long jump (21-6/6.55m). Ndibe was also fourth in the triple jump (40-4/12.29m). Brown qualified for the New England Division III Championships with her personal-best time.
Eastern competes in the Plymouth State University Panther Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.