NEW LONDON, Conn.-Senior Adam Scalesse won a pair of events to pace the Coast Guard men's track and field team to a third place finish at the season-opening CGA Spring Invitational.
As a team Coast Guard won four individual events with freshman Zachary Velasquez and senior Ben Wolhaupter joining Scalesse on top of the podium. Scalesse claimed victories in both the 110 hurdles (14.54 seconds) and 400 hurdles (54.96 seconds) while Velasquez won the 5000 meter with a time of 15:35.80 and Wolhaupter won the pole vault with a jump of 14 feet, 9 inches, respectively.
The Bears gained two of the top three finishes in both the pole vault and 5000 meter. Freshman Caleb Teachout placed third in the 5000 meter with a time of 16:02.80 and classmate Kaci Rex equaled his finish with a jump of 13 feet, 7.25 inches in the pole vault for the Bears.
Coast Guard also received a trio of second place finishes on the day. Juniors Ben Hannon and James Dawkins placed second in the 200 and 400 meter with times of 22.66 seconds and 50.05 seconds, respectively while senior Thomas Bondurant was runner-up in the hammer throw with a toss of 157 feet, 7 inches.
WPI won the overall team meet with a score of 147.5 while Westfield State placed second with 134 points. Next was Coast Guard (107), followed by Holy Cross (65) and Rhode Island College (45.5) to round out the top five.
Coast Guard returns to action on Saturday, April 5th when they compete at the AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational at American International College.