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The University of Hartford indoor track and field teams broke four school records Saturday at the Dartmouth Indoor Classic at the Leverone Field House. In the final tune-up before heading to Boston, Mass., for the America East championship meet, Hartford student-athletes set new marks in the women's 1,000-meter run, the women's 4x200-meter relay, the men's shot put and the men's 60-meter hurdles.
There was no team scoring at the Dartmouth Indoor Classic.
Sophomore Sam Crisafulli paced the Hartford contingent, winning the women's 1,000 meters in record-setting fashion. Crisafulli became the first Hartford woman to break three minutes in the discipline with a first-place time of 2:56.48. The sophomore broke her own school record in the event, which she set earlier in the season. Crisafulli and junior Jennifer Flores, who finished fifth in the event with a time of 3:03.92, both qualified for the New England Championships with their times.
The women's 4x200-meter relay team also picked up a win with a school–record effort. The squad, composed of seniors Priscilla Appiagyei and Stephanie Hanson, sophomore Tiffany Harrison, and freshman Kafesha Thomas, carried the baton across the finish line in 1:45.36.
Freshman Samuel Kaczmarek and junior Erik Quitzau set Hartford records on the men's side. Competing in just his third collegiate meet, Kaczmarek set a mark of 14.10 meters in the men's shot put. The freshman broke the previous school record of 13.36 meters by DePaul Avant, which was set in 2004.
Quitzau notched a school record in the 60-meter hurdles on his way to a seventh-place finish in the event. The junior posted a time of 8.73 in his finals heat, breaking the previous school-best mark by .13 seconds.
The Hawks return to the track for the 2013 America East Indoor Track and Field Championship, February 11-12. The meet will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, Mass.