FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Bridgewater State University men's outdoor track & field team captured both the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) and New England Alliance championships on Saturday at the Elliot Field Athletic Complex in Fitchburg.
The Bears won the MASCAC outdoor title for the second straight year and fifth time in program history. Bridgewater also won the conference championship in 1996, 2012 and 2013. The Bears tallied 220 points in the MASCAC scoring to easily outdistance runner-up Worcester State University (165 pts.).
Bridgewater captured the New England Alliance title for the second straight year and fifth time in the last seven years. The Bears won three straight Alliance outdoor championships from 2013 to 2015. Bridgewater accumulated 147.5 points in the Alliance scoring to finish well ahead of second place University of Southern Maine (118 pts.).
Junior Lamont Haynes (Boston, Mass.) won the MASCAC and Alliance individual championships in both the 200-meter dash (22.32) and the 400-meter dash (48.99). Haynes posted a time of 22.32 seconds in the 200 and a season-best time of 48.99 seconds in the 400. He also ran a leg on the Bears' MASCAC and Alliance winning 4x400-meter relay along with classmates Joshua Higgins (Fitchburg, Mass.), Olivier Ndikumana (Amherst, Mass.) and sophomore John Lara (South Boston, Mass.). The foursome posted a time of 3:24.23.
Freshman Jacob DeAndrade (Taunton, Mass.) recorded a finals time of 11.15 seconds to place first in the 100-meter dash in both the MASCAC and Alliance standings.
Higgins, classmate Trevor Wysong (Taunton, Mass.) and seniors Joseph Keough (Walpole, Mass.) and Josh Quinnie (Attleboro, Mass.) also won MASCAC individual titles in track events for the Bears. Higgins in the 800-meter run (1:58.56), Wysong in the 5,000-meter run (15:58.00), Keough in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:48.35) and Quinnie in the 110-meter hurdles (15.25). Keough and Quinnie both notched season-best times in their respective events.
In the field events, senior Jamie Carlson (Jericho, Vt.) won the MASCAC championship in the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet, 5.25 inches (4.10m), while junior Ryan Bain (Tewksbury, Mass.) captured the conference title in the javelin with a toss of 174 feet, one inch (53.06m). Carlson tied his own school record which he set last season.
Next weekend, qualifying members of the BSU men's outdoor track & field team will compete at the Division III New England Championships hosted by Williams College.