April 28, 2012

Track and Field Looking to Leave their Mark at Conference Championship

BOSTON, Mass. – With numerous program and personals bests set this spring, the UMass Boston track and field team now have their eyes set on this year's Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet.  After a tremendous showing at the indoor championship, both Beacon squads will look to leave their mark on Saturday as they compete for top honors both in the conference as well as in New England.

Head coach Consandria Walker has high hopes for her two teams after another stellar campaign, which saw seven program records fall on the men's side and three on the women's.  After another tough training regimen and extremely competitive meets, coach Walker knows that UMass Boston will continue to hold their own this weekend.

On the track the Beacons will look to build their lead with a slew of talented sprinters and distance runners.  For the men's team, freshman Kebba Nasso (Attleboro, Mass.) will look to build off an amazing rookie campaign.  The women's team will be led by Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.).  Ari Leo (New Bedford, Mass.) will also be in the hunt for top finishes in multiple of events as well. 

Henry Morales is another Beacon sprinter who has shown that he can bring home some hardware especially in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles.  Distance runners Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.) and Xhulio Uruci (Newton, Mass.) will be competing at the front of the group in the 800 and 1,500 meter runs. 

In the field events, Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) and Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) will look to keep their back-and-forth battle going in the high jump. All season long the two have found themselves competing for the top-spot at every meet. 

Also joining them this weekend will be Nasso, Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, Mass.), Kirby Cole (Shrewsbury, Mass.), as well as many more.  On the women's side Jacqueline Conway (East Longmeadow, Mass.) will look to break her program mark in the pole vault, while in the throwing events UMass will have multiple competitors including Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.), Brittany Moore, and Chrissy Soares-Fernandes (Brockton, Mass.).

The Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. on the campus of Westfield State University.