NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard opened the season with a victory winning the Coast Guard Academy Winter Invitational Saturday afternoon.
The Bears scored 135 points for first while Rhode Island College was second with 99 points and Eastern Connecticut rounded out the places scoring 86 points for third.
Junior Raeford Penny led the way winning the 200 (23.32) and coming in second in the 55 (6.72). Teammate Richard Lee won the 55 (6.72) while sophomore Michael Bishop was second in the 200. Sophomore Jacob Pawlina ran 6.81 in the 55 and 23.42 in the 200.
Junior Luke Rehfuss crossed the line first in the 600 (1:28.19) while sophomore Nicholas Frystak was third (1:29.91). Junior Brett Foster claimed first in the 800 (2:00.36) leading four Coast Guard runners across the line while sophomore Benjamin Taminger won the 1000 in 2:41.96.
The Bears continued the theme of winning in the mile as Alex Kearney (4:42.57) and James Rimmele (4:45.77) went one, two followed by freshman Jacob Panning (9:25.42) and freshman Andre Gallant (9:26.46) in the 3000.
In the 55 meter hurdles freshman Edward Carroll (8.42) took second while the Coast Guard 4x400 (3:33.73) and the 4x800 (8:55.99) each took first.
The Bears were just as dominant in the field events taking first or second place in all the jumping and throwing events. Junior Sawyer Stanton was first in the high jump (6'00"), sophomore Michael Frick and Denis Daly both cleared 13'5.25" in the pole vault for one, two and junior Darius Adams picked up where he left off last season with a jump of 21'6". Junior Denis Daly was second in the triple jump (39'1") while sophomore Justin Jezuit took second in both the shot put (36'11.5") and weight throw (46'2").
Coast Guard is back in action next weekend at the Springfield Invitational hosted by Springfield College.