Radden Named Most Valuable Performer as Blue Devils Place Fourth at NEC Championships

Freshman Aaron Radden was named Most Valuable Performer, Outstanding Track Performer and Outstanding Rookie Performer as the Central Connecticut State University men's track and field team placed fourth for the second straight year at the Northeast Conference Indoor Track Championships in Landover, MD. Radden won both the 60 and 200 meter dashes, recording times of 6.91 and 21.86 seconds, respectively.

The Blue Devils scored 67 points to finish fourth, while Long Island won the meet with 147 total points. Monmouth and Sacred Heart earned second and third place finishes, recording scores of 128 and 82 points, respectively.

Juniors Josue Paul and Shawn Buchanan added top performances in the sprints, as the former took seventh in the 60 meters and the latter placed seventh in the 500 meters. Paul recordd a time of 7.11 seconds, while Buchanan finished in 1:06.83.

Sophomores Matt Berube and Rashad Williams continued their competition in the field on Sunday. After placing second and fourth in the high and triple jump on Saturday, Berube finished in seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 44'10.25" on Sunday. Williams recorded a mark of 46'8.75" to take 10th in the weight throw.

Three Blue Devils put forth top 10 performances in the 5,000 meters on Sunday. Sophomore Sam Alexander and freshman Craig Hunt took sixth and eighth place in the event, crossing the line in 15:16.84 and 15:36.34, respectively. Senior Ry Sanderson was the top CCSU performer in the event, placing fourth with a time of 15:12.00.

Sophomore Jeremy Schmid was the only other Blue Devil to place in an individual event on Sunday. He took sixth in the one mile run, finishing in 4:24.26. Both the Central Connecticut 4x400 meter relay and the Distance Medley relay team placed seventh. The 4x400 squad of Buchanan, Radden, junior Eric Rathbun and freshman Dan Hopper recorded a time of 3:25.64. The Distance Medley team consisted of Schmid, sophomores Harrison Katz and Dan Watson, and freshman Mohamed Hrezi. They finished in 10:32.55.

The Blue Devils will next compete at the New England Indoor Track Championships on February 26 and 27.