CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Junior Dominic Esposito (Massapequa, N.Y.) closed the opening day of the decathlon at the NCAA New England Championships with a victory in the 400-meter run, vaulting him in fourth place with a total of 3,160 points after five events at Steinbrenner Stadium on the campus of MIT.
Esposito started the day with an eighth-place finish in the 100-meter dash, posting a time of 11.79. He also came in eighth with a leap of 19-feet, 4.75-inches in the long jump, and then finished ninth in the shot put with a throw of 35-feet, 1.25-inches.
Sitting eighth overall after three events, Esposito collected 1,372 points over the final two events to move up four spots. He came in third by clearing 5-feet, 10-inches in the high jump, and then set a new personal record with a time of 51.15 in the 400 meters to finish first by half a second.
Eric Wainman of Bates is in first place with 3,336 points, while Jason Sliwoski of Worcester State is second with 3,313 points. John Latour of Westfield State is third with 3,281 points, followed by Esposito in fourth and Andrew Herwig of Colby at 3,088 points rounding out the top five.
Esposito will conclude the decathlon with the 110-meter hurdles, the discus, the pole vault, the javelin and the 1500-meter run on Friday starting at 12 p.m.