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Bulldogs post successful first day of NECs

Photo by: Kelsi-Mariah Oresman
Photo by: Kelsi-Mariah Oresman

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Three medals and two broken records highlighted day one of the Northeast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship as the Bryant University men's track and field team stands at seventh and the women in third.

COACH SWITZER COMMENTS

 Men | "The guys came out firing on all cylinders today. We talked a lot about how our main focus needs to be putting ourselves in a place where we can score for the team and focus more on competing with others and less on ourselves. We ended up having a lot of guys make finals for tomorrow including a few unexpected ones. From the day one point scoring side, we got huge points in the throws with Brett coming in fourth in shot, Bill sixth in hammer, and Sam putting himself out there to secure a big eighth place point for us. It was a great momentum boost to end the day with the bronze medal in the 4x8 led by an incredible 1:48 leg by Jason. The guys are in a great place right now. Just have to finish the job tomorrow." 

Women | "All season the women have been on fire, and today was no different. They set themselves up to be very successful going into the weekend and knocked it out of the park today. We had women make finals in almost every event we entered and ended the day with a ton of PRs and two new school records. As they have all year, our throws crew really carried us today and we got big points from them, including a silver medal from Kasey in shot. On the jumps side, it was really exciting to see Jasmie step up as a freshman and walk away with the victory in long jump, absolutely crushing our school record. The women are in an awesome spot right now and seeing the energy they had today jacks me up for how tomorrow will go for us!"

MEN'S TEAM STANDINGS

After day one

1. Wagner – 55
2. Mount St. Mary's – 34
3. Saint Francis U – 32
4. Fairleigh Dickinson – 30
5. Central Connecticut – 25
6. Sacred Heart – 22
7. Bryant – 15
8. LIU – 12
9. Merrimack – 9

WOMEN'S TEAM STANDINGS

After day one

1. Saint Francis U - 46
2. Sacred Heart -35
3. Bryant - 31
4. LIU - 27
5. Wagner - 23 
6. Central Connecticut - 21
7. Mount St. Mary's - 19
8. Fairleigh Dickinson - 18
9. Merrimack - 11.5
10. St. Francis Brooklyn - 2.5 

MEN TOP PERFORMERS

  • The men's 4x800 team of Jordan Dagrin, Aidan Hickey, Nolan Hickey, and Jason Dolan won the first medal for the Bulldogs with a third-place finish. The relay team posted a time of 7:43.10.
  • Peter Theuerkauf and Noah Tellier led the Bulldogs in the 10,000m to start the day. The duo finished 9-10 led by Theuerkauf with a PR of 32:35.92.
  • Three Bulldogs qualified for the final heat in the 1500m during the preliminary heats today. Dolan led the Black and Gold with a time of 4:13.78 in seventh followed by William Bittrich (4:14.27) in ninth, and Nolan Hickey (4:14.56) in 11th.
  • Junior Kevin Aroke will represent Bryant in the final heat of the 110m hurdles on Sunday after posting a personal-best time of 15.70.
  • Freshman William Remkiewicz finished first overall in the prelims of the 400m. The rookie posted a time of 48.56. Freshman Ethan Ferraiola will accompany Remkiewicz in the final heat as he posted a PR of 49.84.
  • Remkiewicz will also represent Bryant in the final heat of the 200m after posting a time of 21.90.
  • In throwing action, Bill Conlan scored three points for the men after finishing sixth overall in the men's hammer final. Conlan posted a 47.54m mark.
  • Aidan Hickey and Jordan Dagrin finished 4-5 in the 800m preliminaries and qualified for the finals. Hickey led with a time of 1:56.32 followed by Dagrin with a PR of 1:56.47.
  • Senior Brett Cloutier brought five points to the men's team with a fourth-place finish in shot put. The shot put event was the final heat and Cloutier posted a personal-best mark of 15.33m.

WOMEN TOP PERFORMERS

  • Julia Ayres kicked off the weekend for the women with a big personal best in the 10,000m. Ayres finished fourth overall to score the first five points for the women's team. The junior finished with a PR of 38:20.45 which is more than three minutes faster than her previous PR of 41:51.55.
  • Freshman Jasmine Hope was one of the many highlights for the women as she took home a gold medal in long jump. Hope not only won the event but also shattered Bryant's school record with a 6.01m mark. The record was previously held by Nicole Dempsey '16 with a 5.70m mark.
  • Kasey Thomas earned a silver medal in shot put with a 12.81m mark. Lily LaGoy also scored in the event as she threw 11.85m for a sixth-place finish. The duo combined for 11 points for the Black and Gold. 
  • Sophomore Grace Yost also set a new school record as she qualified for the final heat in the 100m hurdles. Yost posted a record-breaking time of 15.36.
  • Both Sarah Freeman and Grace Sullivan qualified for finals in the 1500m. Freeman finished second overall in the preliminary round with a time of 4:57.22. Sullivan finished ninth with a time of 5:03.21.
  • In the 400m, sophomore Emma Garrity will represent the Black and Gold in the final heat tomorrow after finishing fourth with a personal-best time of 57.79.
  • Nicole Xiarhos led the Bulldogs in the 100m with a PR of 12.52 in sixth. Hope followed in seventh and also qualified for the finals with a time of 12.55m.
  • Xiarhos also qualified in the 200m with a time of 25.37. 
  • The 4x800 relay team of Garrity, Marissa Crowley, Ellie Goyette, and Freeman scored two points for the women with a seventh-place finish and a time of 9:45.59.