Junior Joseph Gioielli and sophomore Sam Borecki both broke school records and qualified to compete at the IC4A Championships as the Central Connecticut men's indoor track and field team competed at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at the BU Track and Tennis Center in Boston, MA on Saturday. The facility will also host the New England Championships and IC4A Championships that select Blue Devils will compete in at the end of February and early March.
Borecki broke the CCSU school record in the pole vault that had stood since 1969. Al Berardi held the previous best CCSU indoor pole vault mark at 15' 4" until Saturday when Borecki cleared 16' 0.75". The personal best clearance earned him a tied for third place finish in the event and also qualified him to compete in the New England Championships and IC4A Championships. He currently ranks tied for fifth on the NEICAAA performance list and tied for 16th on the IC4A performance list.
Gioielli continued his strong start to the 2015-16 indoor track and field season as he adds CCSU school record holder in the indoor men's mile to his list of accolades on the year. The junior raced to a time of 4:02.93, besting Brian Biekert's time of 4:06.05 set in 2014, to take over as the school record holder. Gioielli shaved nearly 16 seconds off his previous personal best time in the event to earn a 13th place finish and qualify for the New England Championships and IC4A Championships. He currently ranks second on the NEICAAA performance list and sixth on the IC4A performance list.
In the 400 meter, sophomore Tyler Latham clocked in with a new personal best time of 49.62. The time earned him a 56th place overall finish out of 155 runners in the event and also qualified him to compete in the race at the New England Championships. He currently ranks 37th on the NEICAAA performance list.
Junior Will Ribeiro recorded a 39th place finish in the 500 meter run after registering a new collegiate best time of 1:07.18. The mid-distance specialist edged his previous collegiate best time which stood at 1:07.99 to earn the result.
Freshman Richard Grudzwick placed 46th out of 145 competitors in the 800 meter run on Saturday. In his second time contesting in the event collegiately, the rookie raced to a personal best time of 1:55.18 to pick up the result and qualify for the New England Championships.
In the 5,000 meter run, senior Matt Walker qualified to compete at the New England Championships in late February after crossing the finish line 28th out of 89 with a time of 14:48.39. The time was a season best and currently ranks him 20th on the NEICAAA performance list. Norstrom also competed in the event and also qualified for the New England Championships. The rookie finished at the 14:57.36 mark in his first time contesting in the race.
Amaziah Gadson had an excellent showing at the John Thomas Terrier Classic, picking up a runner-up finish in the high jump for the Blue Devils. The freshman cleared a new personal best height of 2.00 meters to earn the result and qualify for the New England Championships. Senior Dashawn Putman finished right behind Gadson in fifth place after clearing 1.95 meters on Saturday.
The CCSU men's indoor track and field team will return to action next as they head to Kingston, RI on Saturday, Feb. 6 to compete in the Coaches Tribute Meet inside Mackal Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Rhode Island.
April 22, 2016 Gioielli, Alston Break MTF School Records on the Weekend
April 19, 2016 Alston Earns NEC Men's Track & Field Rookie of the Week
April 12, 2016 Willis, Grudzwick Earn Northeast Conference Weekly Awards
April 9, 2016 Trio of Blue Devils Compete at Sam Howell Invitational
April 8, 2016 Trio of Blue Devils Compete at Sam Howell Invitational
April 5, 2016 Putman Named NEC Field Athlete of the Week
April 1, 2016 Blue Devils Host CCSU Track & Field Invite Saturday
March 17, 2016 Men's Indoor Track and Field Earn NEC Honors
March 12, 2016 Alston, Henry Open Outdoor Season at USF Invitational
February 20, 2016 Men's Track and Field Finishes Runner-Up at NEC Indoor Championships
February 19, 2016 Men's Track and Field Second After First Day of NEC Indoor Championships
February 15, 2016 Putman Grabs NEC Field Athlete of the Week Award
February 9, 2016 Gioielli Picks Up Fourth NEC Track Athlete of the Week Award
February 2, 2016 Gioielli, Borecki Honored With NEC Weekly Awards
January 26, 2016 Gioielli, Alston Collect NEC Weekly Honors
January 19, 2016 Borecki Tabbed NEC Field Athlete of the Week
January 11, 2016 Gioielli Named NEC Track Athlete of the Week
January 8, 2016 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Picked Second in NEC Preseason Poll
December 16, 2015 Latham Earns NEC Field Athlete of the Week Honors