SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Chase Bradford (West Bridgewater, Mass.) finished first in the javelin with a New England Championship qualifying distance of 58.65 meters to help lead the Holy Cross men's track and field team to a third place finish at the American International Invitational Saturday afternoon. UMass-Amherst won the team competition with 175 points, host AIC finished second with 161.50 points and Holy Cross claimed third with 92.50 points. The College of St. Rose, Bentley, Amherst and Assumption rounded out the field.
Junior Alex Martin (Sutton, Mass.) claimed first in the triple jump with a distance of 13.77 meters, while senior Kenneth McKenna (Ossining, N.Y.) finished fourth in the hammer throw with a distance of 47.84 meters and fifth in the shot put with a distance of 12.56 meters. Senior Alex Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished fifth in the long jump with a distance of 6.18 meters and in the pole vault, junior Michael Millard (Manhasset, N.Y.) cleared a height of 3.65 meters to claim fourth place.
On the track, the Crusaders were led by senior Chris Bergan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) with a fourth place finish in the 5,000 with a time of 15:39.93. Freshman Thomas St. Cyr (Temple, N.H.) finished fifth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.38 seconds and freshman Ross Davies (Salem, N.H.) took seventh in the 200 with a time of 23.28 seconds. The 4x400 relay team of senior Connor LaClair (Hyde Park, Vt.), freshman Sam McGrath (Tyngsboro, Mass.), freshman Sean Hagan (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Nick Poles (Quincy, Mass.) finished third with a time of 3:33.12.
Holy Cross will continue action outdoors with select members of the team competing at the Duke Invitational on April 8, while others will race at the New Hampshire Invitational on April 9.