GORHAM, Maine – Senior Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, Mass.) and freshman Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) each set new program records to lead their respective teams the 2013 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Indoor Championship meet hosted by the University of Southern Maine Sunday afternoon.
Abdul led the men's team to an overall finish of 4th out of 6 teams in the Little East Conference, which marks the second best finish in the program's history and comes just one year after the Beacons recorded a program best 3rd place finish. For the New England Alliance Championship the Beacons placed 9th overall after their scores were combined with the scores from the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) championship meet, which coincided with the LEC's championship.
For the women's team they recorded a fifth place finish overall in the Little East Conference championship, while in the New England Alliance they placed sixth out of 10 teams. McGuffie not only set the program record in the long jump with her leap of 17-09.50 feet, but she also earned her first gold medal as a member of the UMB track and field team as well.
Abdul finished 3rd/4th on his way to a new program record in the triple jump with his final jump of 45-01.00 feet.
Also having a strong afternoon for the women's team was senior Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) who placed 2nd/3rd in the 55 meter dash with her time of 7.40 seconds (personal best). Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) earned a third place finish in the LEC championship in the event with her new personal best time of 7.48 seconds. On the men's side Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.) took 3rd at LEC's with his time of 6.76 seconds.
In the 200 meter dash, Faustin placed 3rd/5th with a time of 26.31 seconds, while Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.) finished 3rd (23.48) in the conference championship. Gustave was right behind him in 5th place with a time of 23.58 seconds.
The 400 meter dash saw McGuffie place 4th in both championship meets and broke the MASCAC championship record with a time of 59.87 seconds. Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.) was the lone competitor in the 600 meter dash and earned a 4th/5th place finish as well as a new personal best with his time of 1:24.45.
The 4x200 meter relays saw the women's team of Faustin, Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.), Anisha, and McGuffie finish in 3rd place in both championships with their time of 1:46.15. Their male counterparts earned a 4th place finish in the Little East Conference championship after they crossed the finish line with a combined time of 1:34.58, which also set a new program best.
The 4x400 meter relays saw both teams finish in 5th place in the Little East championship. The women's team crossed the finish line with a combined time of 4:35.94, while on the men's side the Beacons recorded a final time of 3:42.23.
The men's team also had a 4x800 meter relay team in action on Sunday. The team of Chhenlee Ly (Leominster, Mass.), Tad Delaney (Halifax, Mass.), Matt Nardiello (Swampscott, Mass.), and Chris Chapman (Brockton, Mass.) earned a combined time of 9:20.00 to finish in 5th place.
In the field events, O'Brien earned a pair of 2nd place finishes in the high jump with her leap of 5-02.25 feet, which tied her personal best. Last year's winner Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) notched a 2nd/3rd place finish in his number one event with his jump of 6-06.25 feet. Hart still remains amongst the top high jumpers in the country and will look to break his personal best mark of 6-08.00 in the few remaining meets in hopes of earning a spot at this year's national championship.
Also competing in the high jump was Julian Hubbard (Windsor, Maine) who earned sixth place at the conference championship with his final jump of 5-08.00 feet. In the triple jump, Shannel Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) earned 5th at LEC's with her leap of 33-06.50 feet (pb). After Abdul set the new program record for the men's team Hubbard earned a fourth place finish with his final jump of 42-04.00 feet.
In the throwing events Nicole Aube (Westfield, Mass.) and Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) earned 17th and 18th place respectively in the shot put with throws of 29-01.25 and 27-11.00 feet (pb). The two would then switch in the weight throw as Anitra earned the top finish for the Beacons with her throw of 32-06.25 feet which earned her 22nd place overall. Aube placed 23rd in the event with her final toss of 31-09.50 feet.
For the men's throws Christian Cabrera (Fall River, Mass.) recorded a 19th place finish in the shot put (37-06.00) and a 14th place finish in the weight throw (41-03.75, personal best). Jabari Woods (Randolph, Mass.) joined his teammate in the event and finished the shot put in 27th place (34-03.50) and the weight throw in 17th place (38-02.00, personal best).
Both track and field teams will return to action on Friday, February 22 when they take part in the NEICAAA Championships. This year's championship meet will be hosted by MIT.