After day one of the 2019 Northeast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship, Central Connecticut sits in second place with a total of 57 points just four points behind the defending champions Mount St. Mary's. Junior Kevorni Welsh lead the Blue Devils taking home the gold in the men's long jump (7.11m) and high jump (12.05m).
Junior Marquis Ward won the silver in the long jump (7.00m) and finished fourth in the men's high jump with a height of 1.96 meters.
In the 10,000 meter run, junior Roberto Piotto won the silver with a time of 33:08.81 just short behind Will Merritt (33:06.98) from Mount St. Mary's. The men's 4x800 team (Andrew Findley, Timothy McNamara, Andruw Flemming, and Richard Grudzwick) took the silver after clocking in with a time of 7:40.81.
Junior Nana Kissi came in 10th place in the shot put (14.37m) and freshman Ed Radzion placed 15th (13.68m). Freshman Andrew McCarthy recorded a 10th place finish in the men's hammer with a throw of 42.07 meters.
Three Blue Devils advanced to the 100 meter finals. Junior Akiel Smith finished first overall with a time of 10.50, sophomore Miles Fye-More placed second in his heat with a time of 10.77 seconds, and freshman Garrett Dandridge clocked in at 10.83 seconds.
Junior Richard Grudzwick will represent Central in the 800 meter final after running the preliminary round in 1:54.56. Classmate Julio Arredondo qualified for the 1,500 meter run after crossing the finish line in 4:00.86, finishing fifth in his heat.
Edwin Alston (14:48), Quincy Sanchez (14.67), Cam Whalen (14.85), and Tyrik Henry (14.93) qualified for the 110 meter hurdle finals. Sanchez, along with senior Matt Baum, advanced to the 400 meter finals with times of 55.72 and 54.87 seconds respectively.