The University of Hartford men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up competition at the 2012 America East Indoor Track & Field Championship at the BU Track and Tennis Center. The two squads combined to match or break nine school records over the two-day championship meet.
Senior sprinter Anderson Emerole CETA STUDENT had the top performance of any Hawk, picking up a second-place finish in the men’s 400-meter dash final Saturday. Emerole crossed the line in 48.26 seconds, breaking his own school record, which he set in 2011, by .14 seconds. Emerole’s second-place finish earned eight points for the Hawk men.
The men broke two more records in the distance events, with junior Wayne Lawrence and senior Andrew Chalmers improving their own top school marks.
Lawrence broke his own record in the 1,000-meter run, covering the distance 2:31.77, more than one second better than the previous record. Lawrence finished 10th in the event at the championship.
Chalmers, who set the record for the 5,000 meters at the championship meet on Friday, finished the 3,000 meters in a time of 8:32.14, .54 seconds faster than his 2011 record pace. Chalmers finished 13th overall in the event.
"Andy Chalmers has been on fire," said head coach Mike DuPaul. "In the past three weeks, he's run a lifetime best time in the 400, 800, mile 3,000 and 5,000 meters, the last three of which were also school record times."
Jonathan Choiniere and John Busque also posted personal-best times Saturday Choiniere improved his mile time by nearly seven seconds while Busque lowered his best time by more than ten seconds in the 5,000 meters.
In addition to Chalmers’ record-setting run on Friday, the men matched or tied two other records. Senior Cody Adamson CETA STUDENT tied the school mark in the 60-meter hurdles with his time of 8.86 seconds. The Hawks also set a new school record in the distance-medley relay.
On the women’s side, freshman Sam Crisafulli set a school record in the 80-meter run, finishing seventh overall. Crisafulli completed the race with a time of 2:17.47. The freshman’s time at the championship broke the record she set at that distance last December.
In the sprint finals, a pair of women picked up points with seventh-place finishes. Junior Priscilla Appiagyei finished seventh in the 400-meter final with her time of 57.58. Freshman Tiffany Harrison posted a time of 1:15.99 to finish seventh in the 500-meter dash. Harrison set the Hartford record in the distance in the championship preliminary round Friday.
The Hawk women set one other record on day one of the championship as the distance-medley relay bettered the school mark.
In the field, sophomore Alisha Beeman also picked up a seventh-place medal in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.58 meters.