BOSTON, Mass. – After one of their most successful outdoor seasons in recent memory the UMass Boston track and field teams will travel up the road to Bridgewater State University where they will look to turn heads once again as they compete in the 2013 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Outdoor Championship meet.
This season the Beacons have seen multiple program and personal bests set as head coach Consandria Walker looks to lead her team to new heights on Saturday.
For the men's team, sophomore Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) will be at the front of the group as he looks to defend his title after setting the meet record in the high jump as a freshman. This season, Joseph has competed in just three meets, but his first meet of the season proved to be one of the top performances ever recorded in UMass Boston men's track and field history. The Brockton native leaped his way to a program best 7-01.00 feet which all but locked-up a ticket for this year's National Championship meet. To date, Joseph remains the top high jumper in Division III with the closest competitor recording a height of 6-11.00 feet.
Joining Joseph in the high jump will be Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) who currently sits 24th in the country with a height of 6-06.00 feet.
Also looking to make their final conference championship meet a memorable one will be seniors Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, Mass.), Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.), and Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.). Abdul has been dominant in the triple jump this season recording two of the top distances. His leap of 45-00.50 feet still leads the Beacons and ranks him 44th in the country.
Morales has been just as busy, competing in a multitude of events including the Decathlon at Tufts. To date the senior has recorded the top times in the 400 meter dash (51.07), the 110 meter hurdles (16.29), and the 400 meter hurdles (58.65). He has also recorded the top heights/distances in the pole vault (9-10.00 feet) and discus throw (97-00.00 feet).
Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.) and Norbert Simon (Chelsea, Mass.) have also had a strong outdoor season as the Beacons top-2 sprinters. Gustave leads UMB into this weekend with the fastest times in both the 100 (11.49) and 200 meter (22.97) dashes. Simon has went on to record times of 11.62 in the 100 and 23.53 in the 200. Fans will also see Morales amongst the top finishers in both events as well.
The distance events have been dominated by Kerin as the Quincy native has the top time in the 800 meter run (1:59.71) and 1,500 meter run (4:06.97).