BOSTON, Mass.—Behind a third-place finish from junior Prosper Lubega (Watertown, Mass.) in the 800M, UMass Boston men's track & field enjoyed a successful season-opener at the 7th Annual UMass Boston Indoor Open.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lubega and the Beacons middle-distance runners led the way, as UMass Boston opened their season at the Reggie Lewis Center.
The junior turned in the best finish of any Beacon on the day in the 800M. He went toe-to-toe with Brandeis' Erez Needleman and Ben Ertel all the way to the finish line, as he finished just .5 seconds out of first place. His time of 2:03.18 was more than five seconds better than his season best from a year ago. William Barrett (Everett, Mass.) finished in 11th-place in the event with a time of 2:10.81.
Lubega also posted the best time of any Beacon in the mile. He won his heat and put together a solid time of 4:40.51 to finish 11th overall. Barrett ended the event in 14th place (4:42.08), while sophomore Jack Davis (4:57.26) paced the way in his heat from start-to-finish.
UMass Boston also saw their distance runners put together strong showings in the 3000M and 500M runs.
Senior Cam Chase (Lutz, Fla.) earned a ninth-place finish in the 3000M with a time of 9:11.10. In the 5000M, Jimmy Cannon (Quincy, Mass.) ran with the top pack for the opening half of the race, before finishing in 19th place with a time of 16:11.68.
Mitchell posted the Beacons' best time in the 60M (7.64) and finished second on the team in the 200M (24.43).
Hodgson registered the best times for UMass Boston in the 200M and 400M. In his first collegiate event, the freshman recorded a 14th place finish in the 400M (52.83). He also posted a 27th place finish in the 200M (23.83).
Freshman Jonathan Hodge (Waltham, Mass.) took 21st place overall in the 500m with a time of 1:14.52.
Freshman Jacy Kretas (Townsend, Mass.) notched a top-15 finish in the 60M hurdles, when he crossed the line in 9.24.
In the field events, the Beacons seniors led the way.
Xavier Hill (Hyde Park, Mass.) recorded the Beacons best mark in the long jump, when he finished in 19th-place with a leap of 19-09.50 feet. Mitchell came in right behind him with a jump of 19-09.00 feet.
Julian Collins (Asheville, N.C.) was the lone Beacons thrower on the day. The senior finished 10th overall in the shot put with a career-best throw of 44-09.50 feet.
UMass Boston will travel to New Hampshire next Saturday for the Plymouth State University Winter Classic.