BOSTON, Mass. – This Saturday the men's and women's track and field teams are looking to continue their impressive season by bringing home some gold at the 2012 Little East Conference Indoor Championship meet which is hosted by the University of Southern Maine.
Leading the way for the Beacons this weekend will be national qualifier Kebba Nasso (Attleboro, Mass.) who has been dominant since first stepping onto the track for UMass Boston. Nasso, who has shattered multiple records this season, will have his eyes set on conference gold in both the 200 and 400 meter dashes. Going into this weekend, Nasso brings with him a qualifying time of 22.45 seconds in the 200 and 48.96 seconds in the 400, both of which are program records at UMass Boston.
On the women's side junior Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) will be at the front of the pack this weekend as she is set to compete in the 55 meter dash and 200 meter dash. Her time of 7.54 seconds in the 55 meter currently
Also competing in the sprint events at Saturday's championship will be Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.). The junior is set to compete in the 55, 200, and 400 meter dashes. He will also take part in the 55 meter dash as well as the long jump. This season Morales has claimed two program records, one of which was in the long jump with a final mark of 22-02.50 feet.
Norbert Simon (Chelsea, Mass.) is scheduled to compete in both the 55 and 200 meter dashes, while Brandon Couloute (Shelton, Mass.) will make his first Little East Conference championship appearance in the 400 meter dash.
Competing in the sprint events for the women's team this weekend will Ari Leao (New Bedford, Mass.) in both the 200 and 400 meter dashes. Leao closed out the winter season with times of 27.41 in the 200 and 1:02.15 in the 400.
Newcomer Alessandra Fiallos (Derby, Conn.) will join Morales and Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) in the 55 meter high hurdles. The freshman closed out her first winter season with UMass with a time of 10.23 seconds to qualify for this weekend's championship.
In the distance events Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.) is set to lead a total of four other Beacons in the 600 meter run. At last Saturday's Tufts University Stampede Invite, Kerin set the program record in the event with a time of 1:25.55. Also set to compete in the 600 will be Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, Mass.), Andre Malcolm (Cambridge, Mass.), Jeff Laurore, and Chhenlee Ly (Leominster, Mass.).
Sophomore Xhulio Uruci (Newton, Mass.) will be the lone Beacon competitor in the long 1,000 meter and one mile runs. Uruci capped off the regular season with a time of 2:38.34 in the 1,000 and 4:24.57 in the mile.
The men's team will showcase their record-setting 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams, while the women's squad will look to leave their mark in the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays.
Moving into the field events, Kirby Cole (Shrewsbury, Mass.) will look to build off his record setting mark of 12-11.50 feet and bring home conference gold. Jacqueline Conway (East Longmeadow, Mass.) will have her eyes set on a top-finish in the women's pole vault after recording a leap of 8-00.50 feet earlier this season.
In the high jump, Hart will also look to build off of a record setting mark that he reached back in December. The freshman's leap of 6-07.00 currently leads the Beacons going into Saturday. He will also take part in the long jump, in which he finished second on this year's team behind Morales. Ervin Lofton (Ann Arbor, Mich.) will also be in the mix in the high jump for the men's team.
Joining Morales and Hart in the long jump will be Simon and Abdul on the men's team and Fatima Konteh on the women's team. The triple jump will feature Nasso, who jumped his was to record mark last Saturday at the Tufts University Stampede Invite (44-10.25), and Abdul who closed out the year with a final mark of 38-09.50 feet.
The throwing events will feature just the women's team with newcomers Chrissy Soares-Fernandes (Brockton, Mass.) and Nicole Aube (Westfield, Mass.) leading the way in the shot put. In the weight throw it will be Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) and Kaity Merrikin (East Bridgewater, Mass.) looking to earn top-marks.
For all the latest results from Saturday's championship go to http://www.littleeast.com.