EASTON, Mass. – On Saturday afternoon, the Southern Connecticut State University men’s outdoor track and field team won their 16th consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Championship and eighth straight outdoor championship. Three Owls provisionally qualified for the NCAA’s and Southern also broke two meet records in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and 4×800 relay. Head coach Shawn Green was also honored by the NE-10 and named the 2010 Outdoor Track and Field Men’s Coach of the Year.
In the first event of the day, Frank Gambardella (East Haven, Conn.) won the hammer throw with a toss of 51.34 meters (168 feet, five inches) and David Bannerman (South Windham, Conn.) placed second with a heave of 47.41 meters (155 feet, six inches).
Akeem Elliott (Greater Portmore, Jamaica) finished second in the long jump with a season-best mark of 7.12 meters (23 feet, 4.50 inches).
Southern also grabbed first and second in the shot put. Stephen Cappello (Milford, Conn.) took first with a season-best throw of 14.54 meters (47 feet, 8.50 inches) and Shawneil Thompson (Mystic, Conn.) recorded a season-best mark of 14.26 meters (46 feet, 9.50 inches) to finish second.
The Owls swept the pole vault to round out the top performances in field events. Ryan Whitehead (Darien, Conn.) won the event with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark and new NE-10 meet record vault of 4.96 meters (16 feet, 3.25 inches). Jonathan Galli (Redding, Conn.) took second with a season-best mark of 4.55m (14 feet, 11 inches), Kevin Gibeault (Brooklyn, N.Y.) claimed third with a leap of 4.25m (13 feet, 11.25 inches) and Justin Escaravage (Brookfield, Conn.) placed fourth with a mark of 4.10m (13 feet, 5.25 inches).
Daniel Gaunya (Woodstock Valley, Conn.) finished second in the 10,000 meter run with a mark of 33:12.82 in the first track event of the meet.
Joseph Poulsen (Oxford, Conn.) shined in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. He won the event with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 9:19.17. His time was a new NE-10 Outdoor Championship meet record.
In relay events, the 4×100 team of Elliott, Russell Fallo (Redding, Conn.), Nana Ocran (Manchester, Conn.) and Richard Jackson (New Rochelle, N.Y.) finished second with a time of 42.22 seconds. The 4×400 team of Logan Sharpe (Esperance, N.Y.), Stenson Jean-Baptiste (Stratford, Conn.), Jackson and Casey Canada (Royal, Ark.) claimed second with a mark of 3:16.73 and the 4×800 team of Brian Nill (Ridge, N.Y.), Josh Perry (Naugatuck, Conn.), Brian Robbins (Bristol, Conn.) and Selasi Lumax (Somerset, N.J.) won the event with a new NE-10 meet record time of 7:45.26.
In other track events, Jackson finished third in the 400 meters with a NCAA provisional qualifying mark and season-best time of 47.26 seconds. Sharpe won the 400 meter hurdles in 54.07 seconds, Poulsen placed second in the 5,000m run in 15:20.59, Canada took third in the 110m hurdles in 15.25 seconds and Perry and Robbins claimed second and third in the 800 meters with times of 1:53.24 and 1:54.19 respectively.
The Owls won the meet with 198 points followed by AIC with 171 and Stonehill in third with 114.
Southern returns to the track on May 7 for the New England Championships.