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New England Record Holders and Defending Champions to Highlight NEICAAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

May 8, 2024


Shawn Green, Commissioner

Larry Newman, Media Relations

(978) 821-9800


Boston, MA –More than two dozen defending champions and several meeting record holders will highlight the 2024 New England Intercollegiate Outdoor Track & Field Championships (NEICAAA) set for this upcoming weekend, May 10-11 at the Hart Track, College of The Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. The meeting combines both the men’s and women’s championships to be conducted over two days.


Fresh off his NCAA Division II all-time Javelin record of 83.77 | 274-10, set at last month’s Texas Relays, Southern Connecticut State junior, Jordan Davis, will seek to defend his New England Intercollegiate title he won last year and in 2022. Davis holds the New England Intercollegiate meeting record of 74.37 | 244-0 from his 2023 performance. Entering this weekend’s meeting he stands as the top-ranked javelin thrower in the nation in all three NCAA Divisions. Davis leads Georgia’s Marc Minichello, who has a seasonal best of 82.32 | 270-1, by almost five feet. He seeks to become only the second thrower to win three consecutive NEICAAA javelin championships since Reid Crawshaw (Connecticut) 1959-61. A native of Wallingford, CT., Davis is the first Southern Connecticut State University performer to be named M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week during the outdoor season.


In addition to two-time defending champion Davis in the javelin, 16 other men’s champions will be on hand to defend their titles, including the Springfield (4x100m relay), Southern Connecticut (4x400m relay) and Rhode Island (4x800m relay). Last year the men’s 5000-meter record was taken down when Elias Lindgren (Williams College) who ran 13:58.80. That bettered the previous long-standing record of 14:03.35 set by Providence’s John Treacy in 1978. The oldest men’s record in the modern area was set Northeastern’s Marc Lech who ran 1:48.1y for 880 yards back in 1977.


Women’s defending champions and meeting record holders include Estel Valeanu (Harvard) in the discus throw and the Southern Connecticut State University team in the 4x100m relay. A total of 13 defending champions will compete in the women’s competition. The oldest women’s records were set in 1980 and belong to Judi St. Hilaire (Vermont) in the 5000-meters, 16:03.6, and Julie White (Boston University) in the high jump, 1.81 | 5-11 ¼. The meeting records, for both men & women are noted below.


DATE:                                      Friday/Saturday May 10-11, 2024

MEETING DIRECTOR:        Shawn Green, Commissioner, NEICAAA

                                                 Steve Vaitones, Assistant, USATF-NE

LOCATION:                           Worcester, MA

VENUE:                                  College of the Holy Cross, “Hart Track”

CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL:     https://www.neicaaa.net/outdoor2024 


MEDIA NOTES: A small working area will be available to credentialed members of the media at the finish line. Results and team scores will be available in hardcopy and email following the conclusion of the races. Media outlets planning to attend should make contact with Press Liaison, Larry Newman, as noted above. For those media organizations not attending, if you want results sent directly to your news outlet, please advise the press liaison in advance. A complete listing of all athletes and teams will be sent out prior to the championships. Additional press releases will be sent later this week.


CHAMPIONS CORNER: The University of Rhode Island men’s and women’s teams are the defending champions. The Ram’s men posted 111 points last year to defeat runner-up Southern Connecticut (99). Third place went to M.I.T (85). For the women, the Lady Rams posted a total of 92 points, outdistancing UMass Amherst (75) and Northeastern (60. Northeastern hosted the 2023 championships at the Solomon Track in Dedham.


MEDIA NOTES: A small working area will be available to credentialed members of the media at the finish line. Results and team scores will be available in hardcopy and email following the conclusion of the races. Media outlets planning to attend should make contact with Press Liaison, Larry Newman, as noted above. For those media organizations not attending, if you want results sent directly to your news outlet, please advise the press liaison in advance. A complete listing of all athletes and teams will be sent out prior to the championships. Additional press releases will be sent later this week. CHAMPIONS CORNER: The University of Rhode Island men’s and women’s teams are the defending champions. The Ram’s men posted 111 points last year to defeat runner-up Southern Connecticut (99). Third place went to M.I.T (85). For the women, the Lady Rams posted a total of 92 points, outdistancing UMass Amherst (75) and Northeastern (60. Northeastern hosted the 2023 championships at the Solomon Track in Dedham.


DIRECTOR EMERITIS: The 2023 Outdoor Championships marked the final championship meeting for Irwin Cohen, the long-time Director of the NEICAAA Cross Country, Indoor & Outdoor Championships. Cohen will serve in an advisory role and official this year. The 2023 Outdoor Championships marked the final championship meeting for Irwin Cohen, the long-time Director of the NEICAAA Cross Country, Indoor & Outdoor Championships. Cohen will serve in an advisory role and official this year.


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Larry Newman/New England Track - for the NEICAAA 5/08/2024


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