Bison Athlete of the Week: Andrew Powell '12

By Chris McCree

Sports Editor

 

Profile:

Andrew Powell

Senior

Jumps/Multi

Hometown: Charlton, Mass.

Major: Accounting

Statistics:

Heptathlon –

Total points- 5,049

60 – 7.40
Long Jump – 22-6.25
Shot Put – 35-1.75
High Jump – 6-6
60 Hurdles – 8.58
Pole Vault – 12-9.5
1000 – 2:48.68

 


During the final day of the Bison Open & Multi this past weekend, Andrew Powell ’12 made his way into the men’s track and field record books, becoming the first Bison to break 5,000 points in the heptathlon. Powell finished with 5,049 points, beating his previous best time by 82 points and former teammate Ryan White’s ’10 previous record of 4,973. Heading into Saturday, Powell held a healthy lead over UMBC’s Malte Bertram, and extended his lead with two first place finishes in the 60-meter hurdles and pole vault. Capping his meet off with a third-place finish in the 1000-meter dash, Powell cruised to a 459 point victory over Bertram and the rest of the field.

Since joining the squad in 2008, Powell has been no stranger to success. The reigning Patriot League champion in the heptathlon, Powell further exerted himself as one of the league’s elite athletes with his record-breaking performance. On top of this, Powell currently holds the school record of 6,552 points in the decathlon and is a member of the record-holdings 4×60 shuttle hurdle relay squad.

With two weeks remaining before the indoor Patriot League Championships, the Orange and Blue will rely on Powell to continue his strong performances and be the big point-earner they need to claim the title. Over the past five seasons, the Bison have finished in the top three every year.

Before concentrating on championships, Powell and the rest of the squad will head to Youngstown, Ohio this weekend to compete in the Youngstown State Invitational.

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