WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Junior Darius Adams took first place in the long jump breaking his own school record as the men's and women's track and field teams competed at day one of the Open New England Championship hosted by Williams College.
On his final attempt, Adams leapt 24-5.75 for the top jump of the meet and broke his school record of 24-1.5 set two weeks ago at the NEWMAC championship. He becomes the first individual Open New England champion for Coast Guard since hurdler Adam Scalesse won the 110 hurdles in 2014.
With that jump, Adams now sits at fifth in all of Division III and looks primed for an invitation to the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championship.
Other men to compete was junior Raeford Penny in the 400 (49.18 - 14th place), junior Luke Rehfuss in the 400 hurdles (55.63 - 19th place) and sophomore Jacob Pawlina in the javelin (177-11).
On the women's side senior Cailtin Piker took 15th place with a throw of 127-06. Piker currently sits in 20th place in all of Division III and will have one final chance next weekend to seal her invitation to the NCAA Division III National Championship for the second year in a row.
Freshman Anna Beck was the only other competitor for the women's team as she came in 20th place in the 400 (58.67).
The Bears will compete on Thursday, May 18th at the MIT Last Chance Meet.