WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- For the second time in three weeks, Eastern Connecticut State University freshman Madeleine Dalberg (Pitea, Sweden) was recognized by the Little East Conference in its weekly track & field report, and she was joined this week by first-time selection Tai Barron (Mansfield).
In the sixth weekly report of the year through Feb. 4, Dalberg was selected as Female Rookie Field Athlete-of-the-Week, while Barron was voted as the LEC’s weekly Male Rookie Field Athlete-of-the-Week. Dalberg was named Female Rookie Track Athlete-of-the-Week two weeks ago after breaking the program’s record in the 60 hurdles in her first college meet.
Competing in three individual events at the non-scoring Wesleyan University Invitational Saturday, Dalberg won the long jump (in a field of 35) for the second straight week with a mark of 17-4 – the third-best distance in program history.
Participating in the high jump for the first time Saturday, Dalberg tied the 13th-best height (4-10 ½) in program history. In the 60 hurdles, she broke her own program record of 9.70 with a time of 9.52. She was fourth overall in a field of 27 in that event. In her three-meet career, she has already qualified for the New England Division III meet in the long jump and in the 60 hurdles.
At Wesleyan, Barron finished eighth overall in a field of 20 in the pole vault with a mark of 12-11 ½ which was a quarter-inch shy of his personal best and six inches shy of qualifying for the New England Division III Championships later this month.
At Wesleyan, Barron passed on the first three heights, cleared 12-5 ½ on his first try and 12-11 ½ on his third and final attempt. He failed on all three attempts at 13-5 1/2 . Michael Frick of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy won the event at 15-5.
In his first career meet Dec. 9, Barron recorded a current PR of 12-11 ¾ in winning the Rhode Island College Inviational, then cleared 12-7 ½ Jan. 20 in a third-place finish at Plymouth State University.
Eastern competes at the Little East Conference Championships Saturday at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.