By Brendan Coughlin
Bridgewater State’s men’s track team finished fifth in team scoring amongst all DIII New England indoor track teams. This past weekend at Springfield College, the BSU men had nine athletes earn All-New England honors at the 2015 Division III New England Championships.
BSU’s Head Coach of Men’s track & field T.J. Smith said, “We are moving in the right direction. The guys on the team believe in each other and in the process.”
BSU senior Chinedu Chukwu was the most impressive of the bunch. He now places seventh in all of Division III in the 60 meter-dash.
Chukwu surpassed his own school record. A 6.89 finish in the 60-meter dash was good for second place. This beat his own record from one week earlier at the MASCAC/Alliance Championships of 6.92. BSU’s Andrew Couture finished fourth in the same race.
Junior Conor Murtagh also exceeded a record of his own that had been set one week earlier. His 60-meter hurdle time from the MASCAC/Alliance Championships was 8.04. In the Division III New England Championships Murtagh ran a 7.99. That mark also set a BSU school record for best time.
“With three weeks to go in the season we like how much we have progressed since October,” said Coach Smith on his team’s success. “We expect to get better each week the rest of the way.”
The remainder of the athletes who received All-New England honors are seniors Josh Goehring, Andy Sukeforth, Chris Perry and Brian Espinosa. Juniors Couture and Kevin Sawyer joined the list. Goehring finished in second place in men’s 600 meter.
Bears freshman Cameron Williamson, also a football player at BSU, has received DIII All-New England Honors as well for his performance. Williamson finished in fourth place in the men’s triple jump.
Coach Smith added that, “The success is a result of their hard work and their commitment to the team. The senior class has raised the expectations each year, and this team is a byproduct of the culture they created.”
Alex Krevosky added to BSU’s success this weekend. She participated in the pentathlon at DIII New England Championships for women’s indoor track at Smith College.
Krevosky finished in fourth place, scoring 2,944 points. The junior athlete also placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a school record time of 9.22 seconds.
Krevosky’s performance this past weekend was recognized as she was also given All-New England honors two days in a row for the pentathlon and 60-meter hurdles, respectively.
Both the men’s and women’s athletes who have qualified for the New England Intercollegiate Amatuer Athletic Association (NEIAAA) will compete this coming weekend, Feb. 27-28 at Boston University.
Brendon Coughlin is the Sports Editor for The Comment.