Central Connecticut star hurdler, sophomore Edwin Alston, broke his previous 110 meter school record at the Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational on Saturday, April 8th in Coral Gables, F.L. Alston first set the 14.31 record back in 2016 at the Georgia Tech Invitaional. Alston's record time of 14.17 (watch it here) placed him in sixth overall at Miami, while falling under IC4A qualifying standards.
CCSU ended in third place out of 12 other schools, with a grand total of 75 points across the board.
The majority of the men's outdoor track and field team took its talents to Lawrenceville, N.J. on Saturday for the Rider Invite. Senior Joseph Gioielli highlighted the Blue Devil performances with a first place finish in the 800 meter run, topping all other runners with a time of 1:53.84 (IC4A qualifier). Following right behind in his verteran footsteps, was rookie Jonathan Gill who ran an impressive second place time of 1:54.11.
In CCSU's sophomore class, Quincy Sanchez helped himself to a third place performance in the 110m hurdles with a IC4A qualifying time of 14.90. Jero Sneh led the Blue Devils in the 100m and 200m dash, with times of 11.52 and 23.72, respectively. Julio Gil-Martinez raced in the 100m (11.73) and 200m (24.13).
Senior Brendan Callahan excelled in the 3,000 meter steeplechase as the runner-up after crossing the finish line at 9:55.12. CCSU's 4x100 meter relay team consisting of Sneh, freshman Evan Walker, junior Mike Lang, and senior Zach Andrews, placed fourth overall compling a time of 44:67.
The Blue Devils went three-four-six in the javelin, with senior Jeremy Willis leading the pack with a throw of 55.28 meters. Classmate James Frey hit the 53.33 meter mark, and freshman Nana Kissi threw 51.94 meters. Kissi added on a hammer throw of 27.16 meters in his second event Saturday.
Rookie Kevorni Welsh and Lang were solid in the men's high jump, taking sixth and eighth place, respectively. Welsh jumped 1.89 meters, tying his career best, and Lang jumped 1.84 meters. Lang also placed sixth in the long jump (6.69m), and rookie Jack St. Clair sprung 6.47 meters, good for ninth place. Welsh recorded a mark of 12.72m as the lone Blue Devil in the triple jump.
CCSU's 4x400m relay squad made up of two juniors, Will Ribeiro and Eric Davidson, and two freshmen, Julio Arredondo and Gill, ran a 3:42.51 time. Arredondo also competed in the 1,500m run for Central, finishing in 4:14.99. Sophomore Kyle Welch ran a 16:49.71 in the 5K run.
Junior Austin Trainor and Gioielli both competed at the Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, N.J. Trainor placed sixth and qualified for the IC4A's (9:20.90) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and Gioielli ran a 4:20.72 time in the 1,500 meter run.
The Central Connecticut men's outdoor track and field team will next compete at on Thursday-Friday, April 13-14th at the SCSU Decathlon, and the Mt. Sac. Relays.