LEWISTON, Maine -- Freshman Chris Fasano (Lake Grove, N.Y.) broke his own school shot put record and the team of Sarah Lapham (Greenwich, Conn.), Jacklyn Sullivan (Plymouth, Mass.), Melissa Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Olivia Weiss (Newton, N.J.) set a new program record in the 4x800 meter relay as the Bryant University track & field team competed in the Bates Invitational this weekend in Lewiston.
COACH SWITZER'S COMMENTS:
"I am pleased with how the team competed at Bates. While we lost to a very good UMaine team, we came away with a lot of individual victories and a few school records. I told the team this was a chance for us to compete while focusing on place and they did just that. In a few weeks at NECs, that's whats going to be most important."
TOP PERFORMERS (MEN)
- Fasano's throw of 14.74 meters broke his school record of 14.58 meters that he set last week at the Spartan Invitational on Staten Island.
- The freshman also entered the record books in the weight throw, throwing for a distance of 14.67 meters. The distance put him fourth all-time, besting his previous distance of 14.58 meters, also set last weekend.
- Christopher Wrenn (Norton, Mass.) ran the fourth-fastest 600-meter time in Bulldog history. Wrenn finished the course in 1:25.99. Freshman Jordan Dagrin (Providence, R.I.), 1:27.59, and Brian Salit (Seekonk, Mass.), 1:31.59, also had top-10 times in the event.
- Evan Smith (Chester, Conn.) qualified for the 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.20 time in the preliminaries. He followed that up with a time of 7.22 seconds in the finals, good for third among Division I participants. The 7.22 is eighth in the Bryant record books.
- In the 4x800-meter, the foursome of Robert McCabe (Marlborough, Mass.), Dagrin, Matt McGovern (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Wrenn finished with a time of 8:31.53, good for ninth in program history. Wrenn is now a part of four of the top 10 times in Bryant's record book in the event.
- Senior Ryan Poholek (North Attleboro, Mass.) won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.80. The time was good for fifth in the Bryant record book.
- Sophomore Brian Murray (Westford, Mass.) took first place in the 400 meter with a time of 53.05.
- Freshman Ryan Dumont competed in the heptathlon, competing in seven events over the two days of the Bates Invitational. He would finish second among Division I participants with 3152 points.
TOP PERFORMERS (WOMEN)
- The Bulldogs won the 4x800 with a time of 9:41.46, which is just over a half-second better than the previous best time. The same foursome of Lapham, Weiss, Sullivan, and Lodge had the previous best, as well.
- Junior Alexandra Watts (Clinton, Conn.) finished first overall in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.05 meters.
- Sophomore Emily Cluck (Johnson City, N.Y.) finished the 60-meter dash in 7.97 seconds, just four-hundredths of a second behind her career-best time of 7.93, set this season.
- Sullivan also set a new program record in the 600-meter run. Sullivan had a time of 1:37.71, which qualified her for the NEICAAA Championships. She set the program record in the same event last year.
- In the 1000 meter, Lodge took home a first-place finish, completing the event in 3:02.38. Weiss finished right behind her, crossing the finish line with a time of 3:04.39. Both women qualified for the NEICAAA Championships.
- Senior Rebecca Varney (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and freshman Amanda Whitham (Newton, Mass.) each competed in the pentathlon. Varney finished with 2011 points, while Whitham finished with 1874.
- This was the second straight season the Bulldogs participated in the Bates Invitational.
The Bulldogs next compete in the Terrier Invitational next Friday and Saturday in Boston. Saturday will also see some of the team competing in the Springfield Invitational out in Springfield, Massachusetts.