BOSTON, Mass. – Despite a severe snow storm that is hitting New England all day Friday and Saturday, the UMass Boston track and field teams are ready to compete at the 2013 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet on Sunday at 2 p.m. hosted by the University of Southern Maine.
The Beacons are once again looking to make an impact at this year's championship, after the men's squad recorded the best finish in program history a year ago with a third place finish and multiple individual championships.
This season, head coach Consandria Walker is looking for her teams to continue their improvement at the conference championship.
For the men's team, sophomore high jumper Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) will look to earn his second straight championship after his standout performance last year earned him the program's first Rookie Field Athlete of the Year. This season, Hart remains one of the country's top jumpers having reached a program record height of 6-08.00 feet. Going into Sunday he is sitting in the top-10 in Division III and will look to continue to climb the rankings in hopes of earning a spot at this year's national championship.
In the track events, Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.) and Phillip Douglas (Brockton, Mass.) have dominated the 55 meter dash all season long with Gustave posting a career-best time of 6.40 seconds, while Douglas earned a personal best of 6.70 seconds. In the 60 meter dash, Gustave also led the Beacons this season with a time of 7.29 seconds. Louseney Kromah (Dorchester, Mass.) has recorded the second fastest time in the event with a time of 7.33 seconds.
Senior Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.) has had a strong year for the Beacons leading in both the 200 meter (22.53) and 300 (36.85) meter dashes. Gustave was also in the top-5 this season for UMB in both events with times of 22.84 and 37.02 respectively.
Kromah, Morales, Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, Mass.), and Emilio Alvarez-Flores (Mexico City, Mexico) have each competed in the 400 meter dash once this season, with Kromah holding the fastest time with a 52.92.
Abdul closed out the year as the Beacons top sprinter in the 500 meter dash with his time of 1:10.18, followed by Alvarez-Flores (1:11:.93). All season long, the distance events belonged to Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.) and Tad Delaney (Halifax, Mass.). Kerin has recorded the top times in the 600 (1:26.15), 800 (1:56.94) and in the mile run (4:39.87). Delaney currently owns the second fastest time this season in the mile run (4:50.01), while Abdul sits with the fourth fastest time in the 800 (2:07.99).
The long jump has also been the go-to for Morales who has four of the top-5 five best jumps. His top mark stands at 20-05.25 feet going into Sunday's meet. Abdul is the Beacons leader in the triple jump with his leap of 43-01.00 feet. The throwing events belong to freshman Christian Cabrera (Fall River, Mass.) who has thrown 40-10.25 feet in the shot put and 38-00.00 feet in the weight throw. Jabari Woods (Randolph, Mass.) has also recorded some solid throws as well this season with throws of 36-11.00 feet in the shot and 31-11.25 feet in the weight.
For the women's team, the Beacons will feature four sprinters who own some of the top times this season in the 55, 60, 200, and 300 meter dashes. Senior Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) has dominated both the 60, 200, and 300 meter dashes with her team best times of 8.15, 26.02, and 42.23 seconds.
Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.), Briana Anderson (Lynn, Mass.), and Shannel Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) each own one of the three fastest times in the 55 meter dash. The trio has also earned strong finishes in the 60 and 200 as well.
Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) currently owns the third fastest time in the 300 (43.76) and has been the lone Beacon to compete in the 400 meter dash during the indoor season. Ari Leao (New Bedford, Mass.) along with McGuffie has each competed in the 500 meter dash once, with Leao earning the top time of 1:23.46.
Distance runner Nicole Sidiropoulos (Carver, Mass.) has the only time in the 3,000 meter run, while Alessandra Fiallos (Derby, Conn.) has been the lone Beacon to compete in the 55 and 60 meter hurdles. Fiallos set the program record in the 60 with her time of 10.50 seconds.
In the field events, Renee O'Brien has led UMass Boston in the high jump and hit a personal best height of 5-02.25 feet. The long jump has seen the Trappier sisters and McGuffie each earn one of the top three jumps this season, with Anisha posting season-best 15-10.50 feet.
The shot put and weight throw has seen Nicole Aube (Westfield, Mass.) dominate both events. Going into Sunday, Aube has posted a throw of 29-09.50 feet in the shot and 35-06.75 feet in the weight throw.