HANOVER, N.H. – Four Bulldogs qualified for the NEICAAA Championship at the end of January to help the Bryant University track and field team more than double both the men's and women's team scores from last season at the Dartmouth Relays on Friday.
The Bulldogs both finished sixth out of nine teams at Dartmouth as the men posted a team score of 26 and the women posted a score of 30. Andrew Canale (Lincroft, N.J.) and Chris Fasano (Lake Grove, N.Y.) qualified for New Englands on the men's side while Nicole Xiarhos (Berlin, Conn.) and Lily LaGoy (San Diego, Calif.) were qualifiers for the women.
COACH SWITZER'S COMMENTS
"I'm very happy with how the team opened up coming off a break. This was one of our strongest openers to date and a big step up from last year. We talked a lot as a team about taking advantage of every opportunity you get this year. We walked away more than doubling our point totals from the meet last year, so I think that message was heard. Nicole, Lily, and Andrew finished second for collegians in their respective events and all qualifying for New England's really set the tone and I'm looking forward to how we're able to carry this through the rest of the season.
TEAM RESULTS (M)
1. Dartmouth - 114
2. Vermont - 100
3. Central Connecticut - 89
4. New Hampshire -53
5. American International - 28
6. Bryant - 26
7. Maine - 22
8. St. Josephs (Maine) - 8
9. Keene State - 2
TEAM RESULTS (W)
1. Dartmouth - 211
2. New Hampshire - 51
3. Central Connecticut - 50
4. Vermont - 49
5. American International - 40
6. Bryant - 30
7. Maine - 15
8. Southern New Hampshire - 7
9. St. Josephs (Maine) - 1
MEN TOP PERFORMERS
- Canale highlighted the men's team finishing second overall in the 400m. Canale's time of 50.14 qualified him for NEICAAA's.
- Fasano also became a New England qualifier on Friday in the shot put event, throwing 15.54 meters. Fasano finished third overall at Dartmouth.
- Freshman Grant Dubiel (Canton, Ga.) etched his name in the top-10 record book after throwing 13.57m in shot put. Dubiel is now eighth all-time and finished 13th overall at Dartmouth.
- In pole vault, Jacob Borgia (Westborough, Mass.) placed himself in Bryant's top-10 record book clearing a height of 4.25m. Borgia is now third all-time at Bryant.
WOMEN TOP PERFORMERS
- Xiarhos led on the women's side after running to a second-place finish in the 60m. Xiarhos posted a time of 7.86 and qualified for NEICAAA's.
- In the 800m, freshman Emma Garrity (Wilmington, Mass.) finished 11th overall with a time of 2:24.41 and is now tenth all-time at Bryant.
- A pair of relay teams entered Bryant's top-10 record book including the 4x400 squad of Grace Yost (Wanaque, N.J.), Emily Cluck (Johnson City, N.Y.), Xiarhos and Garrity who finished third overall with a time of 4:03.33. The team now ranks fourth all-time at Bryant. The 4x800 team of Jackie Prestininzi (Shrewsbury, N.J.), Julia Ayres (Collegeville, Pa.), Jacklyn Sullivan (Plymouth, Mass.), and Sarah Freeman (Merrimac, Mass.) are not fifth all-time at Bryant finishing fourth overall with a time of 10:30.77.
- Freshman Megan Lawlor (North Reading, Mass.) entered the top-10 record book in two different events. First in long jump when Lawlor posted 5.12m finishing among the top-10 at the meet in the five spot. Lawlor is now fourth all-time. The rookie also finished sixth overall at Dartmouth in the triple jump. She is now third all-time at Bryant with 10.52m.
- LaGoy accompanied Xiarhos, Canale, and Fasano as a New England qualifier. Lagoy threw 12.75m in shot put finishing second overall. Lagoy is now second all-time at Bryant.
The Bulldogs head north for Maine this weekend as they are set to compete in the Bates Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 18.