Winslow graduate Edwin Alston, a junior at Central Connecticut, ran 8.01 Friday afternoon to win the 60-meter high hurdles at the Wagner Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Complex on Staten Island, N.Y.
His time is 10th-fastest in NCAA Division 1, according to the Direct Athletics data base.
Alston had the second-fastest qualifying time, winning his trials race in 8.21. Wagner’s Dylan Beard led all qualifiers at 8.06.
But in the final, Alston ran 8.01 and Beard 8.16. Alston was only 7-100ths off his own school record of 7.94 set at last year’s NEC championships at Ocean Breeze, when he was second to Beard.
Alston ran 7.43 for the 55-meter highs and 13.90 for the 110 highs at Winslow, where he was the Meet of Champions winner in the spring of 2015, his senior year.
He holds both Central Connecticut high hurdles records with that 7.94 last year and a 14.14 in the 42-inch highs when he was second at the outdoor NECs to Deshaun Jackson of St. Francis (Pa.).
Central Connecticut is located in New Britain, Conn. The Blue Devils are three-time defending NEC champions outdoors.
In the women’s hurdles final, Rider’s Lexie Fraction of Washington Township High finished third in 9.09, just 2-100ths of a second behind winner Hailey Rospierski of Central Connecticut and Asia Chen of Army, who both ran 9.07. Fraction’s PR is 8.75.