CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In just the second meet of the year, a combined four program records would fall as the track and field team competed at the 2011 Harvard University Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Gordon Track and Tennis Center.
Along with the record setting performances five Beacons qualified for the ECAC New England Championship meet, while another qualified for the All-New England Championship.
Amongst Saturday's record setting group was Josh Quinnie (Attleboro, Mass.) who set the program record in the 60 meter high hurdles with a time of 8.26 seconds, which also earned him a third place finish. Also setting adding their names to the record book was Xhulio Uruci (Newton, Mass.) in the 3,000 meter run with his time of 8:57.55 to post a ninth place finish.
Uruci's record time broke the original program record of 8:58.64 which was set in 1997. Also breaking a long-standing record was the 4x400 relay team of Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.), Kebba Nasso (Attleboro, Mass.), Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.), and Quinnie. The four runners posted a combined time of 3:25.73 to break the original record set in 1986 by more than two seconds.
Nasso would also run away with the program record in the 200 meter dash with his time of 22.60 seconds to earn a third place finish. That time qualified Nasso for both ECAC's and the All-New England Championship.
Morales was also a dual record-setter for the Beacons, as he leaped his way to a program best 22-02.25 feet in the long jump, which also qualified him for ECAC's as well. His record-setting leap earned the Chelsea native a fifth place finish.
Also qualifying for ECAC's was Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) and Ervin Lofton (Ann Arbor, Mich.) in the high jump. Lofton recorded a height of 6-04.75 to finish fourth, while Hart recorded a jump of 6-02.75 to finish tied for seventh.
Sprinter Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) was the lone ECAC qualifier on the women's side as the junior recorded a time of 26.73 seconds to finish in 14th place in the 200 meter dash. Jacqueline Conway (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Nicole West (Randolph, Mass.) were also in action on Saturday, with Conway earning a time of 9.31 seconds, and West a time of 9.35 seconds in the 60 meter dash. Faustin led the Beacons in the 60 with her time of 8.14 seconds to post a 20th place finish.
Ari Leao (New Bedford, Mass.), West, and Naomi Crandall (Otis, Mass.) all took part in the 200 meter dash, with Leao posting a time of 28.12 seconds, followed by West who earned a time of 30.60 seconds, and Crandall a time of 31.92 seconds.
Leao was the lone runner in the 400 meter dash and finished in 29th place with a time of 1:04.09. Crandall took 27th in the 60 meter hurdles with her time of 10.93 seconds. Kassandra Salcedo (Winchendon, Mass.) recorded a throw of 23-08.00 feet to finish in 25th place in the shot put and 24-03.50 feet in the weight throw to finish in 35th place. Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) recorded a toss of 34-05.00 feet to lead the Beacons in the event with a 24th place finish.
The men's team featured a variety of sprinters that all posted impressive times and finishes. Morales led the group in the 60 meter dash with his time of 7.30 seconds (22nd). Norbert Simmons was next to cross the finish line for UMass Boston with his time of 7.50 seconds (44th), followed by Lofton, 7.62, Brandon Couloute (Shelton, Mass.), 7.64, Kirby Cole (Shrewsbury, Mass.), 8.03, and Nhat Nguyen (Hanoi, Vietnam), 8.05.
In the 200 Simmons crossed the finish line in 30th place with time of 23.69 seconds. Couloute was next in 54th place (24.29), followed by Nguyen in 97th (26.51), Dylon King in 99th (27.04), and Willi Francois in 104th (28.92).
Hart and Francois (Roslindale, Mass.) both took part in the 400 meter dash and recorded times of 56.02 and 1:04.93 respectively. Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, Mass.) led the way in the 500 meter dash with a time of 1:01.19, with Andre Malcolm (Cambridge, Mass.) right on his heels with a time of 1:13.09.
Kerin kicked-off the distance events with his time of 2:01.12 in the 800 meter run to earn 10th overall. Laurore was next in the event with his time of 2:16.02 (33rd). Tad Delaney (Halifax, Mass.) recorded UMass Boston's top time in the mile run with his time of 5:03.71. Teammate Andrew Preda (Long Island City, N.Y.) finished just five seconds behind Delaney with a time of 5:08.74.
Also competing in the field events was King (Boston, Mass.) who recorded a jump of 17-01.50 feet in the long jump to finish in 41st place.
Track and field return to action on January 8 when they take part in the Dartmouth College Relays.