BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – After a strong showing last week in North Carolina, the Beacons made their 2013 outdoor debut in New England in a big way as two program records were broken and a total of 49 personal bests fell Saturday afternoon at the Bridgewater State University Bears Invitational.
Leading the way in Saturday's meet was the duo of Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) and Nicole Aube (Westfield, Mass.). The duo each set a new program best in their respective events, with McGuffie earning a new top mark in the long jump, while Aube broke the program record in the hammer throw.
Less than a week after being named the first women's Little East Conference Indoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year, McGuffie continued her amazing rookie season by earning a first place finish in the long jump with a distance of 17-02.25 feet. Aube threw her way into the record book in the hammer by recording a distance of 108-06 feet to finish in 18th place overall.
For the women's team a total of 13 personal bests were set, while on the men's side a total of 26 new personal marks were recorded.
Amongst Saturday's highlights was a second place finish by Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.39 seconds. The women's 4x100 relay team also earned a second place finish with a combined time of 51.58 seconds overall. Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.) leaped her way to a third place finish and a new personal best in the long jump with a distance of 17-00.75 feet. Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) finished fifth in the event with a jump of 15-11.75 feet. Anisha also finished in 10th place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.03 seconds.
On the men's side senior Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.) recorded a second place finish of his own in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:01.07. In the 400 meter hurdles freshman Matthew Nardiello (Swampscott, Mass.) made his outdoor debut with the Beacons and finished in fifth place with a time of 1:00.65. Emilio Alvarez-Flores (Mexico City, Mexico) placed fifth in the event with his time of 1:02.84.
The men's relay teams also had strong showings with the 4x100 squad finishing in eighth place with a time of 46.89. In the 4x400 relay UMass had two teams compete in the event with one taking third (3:37.99) and the other sixth (3:53.96).
In the field events, Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) posted a third place finish in the high jump with a leap of 6-03.50 feet. Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.) took fifth in the pole vault with a height of 9-00.25 feet. Morales along with Jahleel Moise (Brockton, Mass.) finished tied for 11th in the high jump with heights of 5-08.00 feet. Julian Hubbard (Windsor, Maine) and Tucker Gaye each recorded fourth place finishes, with Hubbard leading the way in the triple jump (40-08.25) and George in the long jump (19-03.75). Jabari Woods (Randolph, Mass.) was the lone thrower for UMB as the freshman finished in 16th place with a toss of 101-05 feet.
Track and Field returns to action next Saturday when they compete at the Tufts University Snowflake Classic in Medford.