PROVIDENCE, R.I.—UMass Boston men's track & field tied their second-best finish ever at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Indoor Championships Saturday afternoon in Providence.
New England Alliance: 44 points (7th out of 11 teams)
Little East Conference: 83 points (4th out of 7 teams)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Behind a huge all-around performance from freshman Virgil Harrell III (Hamden, Conn.) and a gold medal win from junior Bless Amedoadzi (Boston, Mass.), the Beacons finished fourth amongst LEC teams for just the third time.
Harrell III scored points for the Beacons in five different events and broke the program record in the triple jump that had stood for five years.
In the triple jump, Harrell III finished second in the Little East and third amongst all competitors, with a program-record setting leap of 46-00.50 feet. With the jump, he currently sits just outside the top 25 in the nation in the triple jump.
Amedoadzi earned the Beacons' lone gold medal on the men's side. For the third-straight year, a Beacon earned gold for the LEC in the 55/60M dash. Amedoadzi and Dom Nda (Pittsfield, Mass.) finished first in second in the preliminaries of the 60M, and then went first and second amongst LEC competitors in the finals. Amedoadzi barely edged out Nda (6.95 to 6.96) with both athletes breaking Nda's former LEC record set back in 2016. With their times, each athlete broke the seven-second mark for the first time this year and moved into the top-20 in the nation in the event.
The Beacons kept the momentum going into the 200M dash. Three Beacons earned points on the LEC side, led by Harrell III who finished third overall with a time of 23.15 seconds.
He also took third place in the LEC in the 400M , with a strong run of 51.50 seconds.
Adrian Higgins (Milton, Mass.) took fourth place in the 600M dash with a time of 1:26.08 seconds.
UMass Boston earned their only points of the day in distance running thanks to freshman William Barrett (Everett, Mass.). The freshman finished third amongst LEC runners and fourth overall with a personal best time of 9:03.89 seconds, almost 20 seconds better than his previous PR.
The Beacons helped their cause with strong performances in each of the three relays.
In the 4x200M, Amedoadzi, Anthony Nguyen, Nda and Harrell III took home third place in the LEC with a time of 1:32.91.
The 4x400M relay team also took home third place in the LEC, with Harrell III, Blake Lewis (Holden, Mass.), Higgins and Nguyen coming in at 3:31.21.
UMass Boston also got great production from their throwers.
The Men's team will travel to Middlebury, Vermont next Friday and Saturday for the NCAA Division III New England Championships.