Aaron Hostetler Staff Editor
The Indoor Track and Field Season has finally come to a close when Eastern participated in the New England Division III Championships meet. This meet took place over the course of two days. It started on Friday, February 28th, and continued into Saturday, February 29th. The Men’s team and Women’s team also participated in two separate locations, with the men performing at the Springfield College Field House, in Springfield, MA; and the Women competing at Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont. Not everybody participated in this particular meet, only because the highest ranking individuals in each event were able to compete.
Eastern placed well in this meet, finishing 14th for the boys, and 25th for the girls, out of approximately 34 teams. The hard work that has been exhibited by Eastern’s Track Athletes for the past few weeks have continued to pay off with some very impressive performances to end the season on.
For starters, Sophomore Rahman Otang got third place in the preliminaries for the 60 meter dash, with a time of 6.97 seconds. He then beat his own time when he participated in the finals for this race, and won with an amazing time of 6.90 seconds. This accomplishment has gained him the impressive reputation of becoming the first Eastern Athlete to win a New England Championship, and has allowed him to be placed seventh nationally. As a result of his efforts, Otang will be competing in the NCAA Division III National Championship Meet in Winston Salem, NC, at the JDL Fast Track, on March 13th and 14th.
Other major accomplishments on the Men’s team were made by JahDey Wright, Ryan Escoda, and Corey Bill. Wright performed the triple jump with 44-10 ¾ (13.68 meters), which equaled the ten-year record for Indoor Track. Ryan Escoda finished 14th in the mile with a time of 4:26, and Corey Bill ran the 600 meter race with a time of 1:25.97. They both also competed in the 4×800 meter relay with Kyle Smith, and Tyler Wright. Their combined efforts placed the relay in 11th place, with an overall time of 8:21:67.
The Women’s team also had many impressive achievements. Brittany Kriley performed her personal best in the high jump with 5.3 inches (1.60 meters), while Ahriyan Brown ran the 60 meter dash in 8.22 seconds, as well as the 200 meter dash in 26.63 seconds. Throwers Manar Enany and Wendie Stewart also performed very well, with Enany placing 17th in the weight throw (42-9 ½ (13.04 meters), and Stewart placing 11th in the shot put, with which she scored 37-5 ¼ (11.41meters). Stewart was also recognized earlier in the season for being recognized as Rookie of the Week, in the Springfield College Massasoit Classic Meet on January 25th. She has continued to perform well all season, and shows a lot of potential for placing higher records in her remaining time at Eastern.
The Women’s 4×800 team also performed spectacularly, with Seniors Samantha McKosky, Holly Dulak, Maggie Dulak, and Junior Lauren Bressen all giving their best efforts. They finished in ninth place with a total time of 10:04:66. Unfortunately, the eighth place spot was taken by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, who took their spot for All-New England Recognition. However, the close finish was fought for well by the Eastern women’s 4×800 team, who still hold the reputation for being three-time defending LEC Champions, and for running many spectacular races in prior weeks.
The Eastern Indoor Track team have once again had a very successful season, with many athletes continuously improving their personal best records with each meet, and with many of them qualifying for New Englands. All of the Coaches and athletes are pleased with the performances this season, which are a very strong indicator for their future successes during the Outdoor Track season, and in the following seasons to come.