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Southern Connecticut (Men), Bryant (Women), Garner Titles at New England Intercollegiate Outdoor Track & Field Championships



May 11, 2024


Shawn Green, Commissioner

Larry Newman, Media Relations

(978) 821-9800


Worcester, MA –  Bryant College captured their first-ever women’s championship and Southern Connecticut keeps rolling along with their fifth men’s title in the past six years – including a runner-up finish last year - at the New England Intercollegiate Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.


            The lady Bulldogs amassed a total 98 ½ points to outdistance runner-up Holy Cross with 83 ½. Southern Connecticut State was third with 75, followed by Rhode Island (4th) 63 and Quinnipiac (5th) 58. Bryant’s point total was a result of their overall depth, including two first place finishes (long jump, 4x800) and six second place runner-up positions over the two days of competition. The Bulldogs claimed first in the long jump during Friday’s opening day, as senior, Jasmine Hope, got things rolling claiming the title with a leap of 6.05m | 19-10 ¼.  Bryant freshman, Desani Stewart, chipped in with a key fourth place finish. The penultimate event on Saturday sealed the win for the Bulldogs over the pesky Lady Crusaders, as Bryant captured the 4x800m relay in 9:06.11 as Holy Cross finished sixth.


              Celia Kulis single handily kept Holy Cross in contention throughout a good portion of day two.  Kulis was fourth in the 100m hurdles (14.08) and finished second overall in the seven-event heptathlon, scoring 4653 points. The heptathlon was won by Sacred Heart’s Madeline Archangelo with 4788 points. She finished sixth last year behind Kulis, who was fourth.



            Southern Connecticut’s Coach John Wallin has guided the Owl’s to prominence here in New England and on the national stage. Locally, Southern is constantly mixing it up with the larger division one schools and putting on display its solid all-around program. The Owl’s used a plethora of team depth in claiming this year’s championship with a hard-fought come from behind 103-90 victory over the University of New Hampshire. Division three Tufts University was third with 74 points, followed by Holy Cross (4th) 56- ½ and the University of Maine (5th) with 55 points.

           

Southern combined their team depth with outstanding individual performances to highlight their men’s team title after last year’s runner-up finish. The Owl’s scored in thirteen events and parlayed three first place finishes, including a 1-2-3 sweep in the shot put and a meeting record 1-2 finish in the javelin. Jordan Davis, the twice defending champion in the Javelin, got things rolling for Southern with his meeting record toss of 78.60 meters, 257 feet, 10 inches. Placing second was his teammate, Nevan Burke with a toss of 67.57m | 221-00. Davis’ 3rd win now ties him with the most consecutive NEICAAA javelin titles with Reid Crawshaw (Connecticut) 1959-61. He currently leads all NCAA javelin throwers in the country with his all-time NCAA Division-II record-setting throw last month of 83.77m | 274-10.

Two events provided the Owl’s with significant points (24) on Saturday. Southern swept the first three spots in the shot put as Cameron Beltron led the way with a heave of 17.86m | 58-07 ¼. Teammates Bernardo Mbaya and Nathanael Barbosa completed the sweep. Ramsley Exantus led a 1-5-7 finish for the Owls in the 400m hurdles winning in 52.37, holding off runner-up Adrian Sutton (UNH) who finished in 52.56.

 

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”

COMPLETE RESULTS:

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Larry Newman/New England Track - for the NEICAAA 5/11/2024


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