WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Led by senior Chidebe Ndibe (West Hartford) and junior Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden), Eastern Connecticut State University athletes ranked in the Top 20 among New England Division III track & field competitors in 14 events during the 2019 outdoor season.
For the men, eight individuals and one relay ranked in the final Top 20, and four women and one relay cracked the Top 20.
Among the season-best marks, four established program records (two for the men and two for the women) and seven were the best this season by any Little East Conference athlete. Five of the Top 20 marks were set at the New England III Championships the weekend of May 3-4 at Williamstown, MA.
Ndibe ranked third in New England in the long jump with a mark of 23-6 ¼ -- best among LEC competitors this year -- and his triple jump of 44-9 ¾ ranked 12th overall. Two freshmen set program records with their Top 20 marks: Rahman Oteng (Accra, Ghana) in the 100 (10.78) and Ryan Escoda (Newtown) in the 3000 steeplechase (9:40.77). Coupled with his time of 22.12 in the 200, Oteng boasted the top time among LEC athletes in both of those sprint events.
Junior JahDey Wright (Colchester) saved his best career mark in the triple jump for the New England Division III Championships, which gave him seventh place and All-New England recognition. Wright's jump was measured at 44-6 – the 14th longest in New England this year.
For the women, Dalberg and junior Hayley Brodeur (Old Saybook) recorded Top 10 marks in the final two meets of the year: Dalberg broke her outdoor program long jump record with a distance of 18-2 ¼ (7th best in NE) at a Last Chance meet May 15 and Brodeur moved to within a second of the program's 400 meter record with a time of 57.37 en route to All-New England honors at the New England Division III Championships May 4 (8th-best in NE). Her time was .71 seconds shy of the 20th and final national qualifier in that event.
Final New England Ranks
2019 Outdoor Track & Field
Name Event Rank Mark Meet
Chidebe Ndibe Long Jump 3rd 23-6 ¼ (7.17m)* ECSU
Rahman Oteng 100m 7th 10.78*^ CGA
4x100m Relay# 8th 42.86* NE DIII
Chidebe Ndibe Triple Jump 12th 44-9 ¾ (13.66m) UMD
Matt Pinney Shot Put 14th 46-7 ½ (14.21m) SNHU
Ryan Escoda 3000mSC 14th 9:40.77^ SNHU
JahDey Wright Triple Jump 14th 44-6 (13.56m) NE DIII
Rahman Oteng 200m 15th 22.12* CGA
Christopher Weir Pole Vault t-16th 14-1 ¾ (4.31m) NE DIII
Madeleine Dalberg Long Jump 7th 18-2 ¼ (5.54m)^ Final Qualifier
Hayley Brodeur 400m 8th 57.37* NE DIII
Haley Knox 3000mSC 11th 11:29.45*^ SNHU
Ahriyan Brown 100m t-16th 12.55 ECSU
*-Best among Little East Conference competitors