MANSFIELD, Conn. – Led by three event victories, the Castleton University men's track and field team finished in fifth place Friday at the Warrior Invitational, hosted by Eastern Connecticut State at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
Brodie Talbot picked up two of those event victories, winning the discus throw by over five meters with a school record mark of 40.92 meters (134' 3"), close to three full meters past the previous record. He also won the hammer throw with a top effort of 34.93 meters (114' 7"), far ahead of his nearest competitor.
In addition, Talbot finished fourth in the shot put with a top mark of 12.51 meters (41' 0.5"), sandwiched between teammates Morgan Rainville in third place with a toss of 12.64 meters (41' 5.75") and Tayler Larmie in fifth place with a mark of 12.41 meters (40' 8.75"). Rainville also finished fifth in both the discus throw at 31.56 meters (103' 6") and the hammer throw at 23.21 meters (76' 2").
Clayton Bailey earned the other event victory for Castleton, winning the javelin throw with a mark of 48.26 meters (158' 4"), over one full meter ahead of the second-place finisher. Vytas Nielsen came close to a scoring position in the triple jump, finishing in seventh place with a top leap of 10.61 meters (34' 9.75").
On the track, Ryan Barry won his heat of the 100-meter dash in 11.51 seconds, finishing in fourth place overall in the event. In a competitive 200-meter dash, Barry ended up in a tie for seventh place with an official time of 23.74 seconds, as the timing system could not break the tie even when extending another decimal place as both racers posted a mark of 23.739 seconds.
As a team, the Spartans collected 50 points to finish in fifth place, ahead of Newbury College and just eight points behind fourth-place Massachusetts Maritime. Roger Williams won the team competition with 175 points, ahead of host Eastern Connecticut State with 150 points.
The Castleton University men's track and field team will head to Fitchburg, Mass., next Saturday, April 7, for the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational, hosted by Fitchburg State University.