WESTFIELD – Westfield State University hosted UMass Dartmouth in a men’s track and field dual meet on Saturday, April 12.
No team scores were compiled but there were many fine performances on the sunny, 70-degree day at the Jerry Gravel Track and Field Complex.
The Owls were led by talented and versatile sophomore Travon Godette (Orange, Mass./Mahar Regional HS), who qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division III national championships with an outstanding javelin throw of 198-0, shattering his previous personal best by nearly eight feet.
Godette also tied for first place in the high jump by clearing 6-4. He well over the bar on his third and final attempt at 6-7 but hit the bar on his way down.
On the track, Godette placed second in the 110 hurdles with a personal best clocking of 16.08. Finally, Godette took two attempts in the pole vault and cleared 10 feet to finish third.
Westfield’s other double winners was senior Zack Madera of Southwick, Mass., who sprinted to victories in the 100 (11.16) and 200 (22.28) meter dashes, and freshman Steve Sam of Lynn, Mass., in the discus (140-1) and hammer throw (149-6).
Also turning in fine efforts were junior John Tomlin, who placed first in the 400 (50.06) and sophomore Matt Moussamih, who placed second in the 800 with a personal best time of 1:55.21. Freshman Kyle Sullivan was a closed second (50.12) in the 500.
Madera, Tomlin and Sullivan also were members of the winning 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay squads. Also finishing first were: Jeremy Forgue (400 hurdles, 59.02), Steve Connolly (3,000 steeplechase, 10:08.94), Zack Delisle (pole vault, 14-1 ¼), Wali Alston (long jump, 19-11 ½), and Marcus Pettigrew (shot put, 45-3 ½).
Also finishing second were: Tim Gallagher (400 hurdles), Chas Hodgdon (steeplechase), Bobby Boire (long jump), Dayvon Williams (triple jump), and Brian Garcia (hammer throw).