Track and Field Competes NCAA New England Regional
WATERVILLE, Maine – At the 2013 NCAA Division III New England Regional meet the track and field teams saw two program records fall and five new personal bests set in the three day meet hosted by Colby College.
Coming back to Boston with new program bests was senior Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, Mass.) and the men's 4x800 meter relay team which also featured Abdul as well as Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.), Matthew Nardiello (Swampscott, Mass.), and Emilio Alvarez Flores (Mexico City, Mexico).
Abdul retook the top spot in the triple jump with his leap of 45-02.25 feet, breaking the record by more than two inches. The 4x800 relay team finished with a time of 9:03.61 breaking the original time by more than three seconds.
Earning a new personal best on Saturday was sophomore Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) as he and Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) battled back and forth to claim the top spot in the high jump. Joseph would eventually claim the gold, but Hart would hit a new height of 6-09.75 improving his chances of earning a spot at this year's national championship meet. Also competing in the high jump was Jahleel Moise (Brockton, Mass.) who finished in 14th place with a jump of 6-00.00 feet.
On the women's side Renee O'Brien competed in her second heptathlon and set two new personal bests in the event. She would go on to record a new best in the high jump on her way to a third place finish with a leap of 5-02.25 feet. She would also set a new PB in the javelin with a throw of 89-04 feet. The junior would also sprint her way to a first place finish in the 200 meter dash which earned her 769 points. She ended the two-day event with a combined 2,978 points overall.
Freshman Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) put together another strong performance in the 100 meter dash as she recorded a new personal best in the preliminary round with her time of 12.48 seconds which was the second fastest time. Senior Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) also qualified for the finals in the event with her time of 12.69 seconds. Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) went on to finish the 100 with a time of 13.09.
In the finals McGuffie and Faustin finished deadlocked in fifth place as the two recorded exact times of 12.70 seconds.
Faustin and Trappier would also compete in the 200 meter dash, with Faustin earning a sixth place finish with a time of 25.74 seconds, while Trappier posted a time of 26.91 seconds to earn 15th place overall.
The relay teams were also solid on Saturday. Led by the 4x100 team which placed third, Trappier, Faustin, McGuffie, and O'Brien recorded a combined time of 48.72 seconds to earn All-New England honors. The 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams would finish with times of 5:00.33 and 11:52.26 to earn 10th and 18th place respectively.
In the men's 4x100 relay the Beacons would claim a fifth place finish and missed tying the program record by a mere seven-hundredths of a second as they posted a time of 43.60 seconds. The 4x400 relay team notched a second place finish with their time of 3:27.34 to earn All-New England honors as well.
Track and Field returns to action on Friday when they take part in the NEICAAA championship meet which will be hosted by Stone Hill College.