SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – It took him a total of two days and 10 combined events, but senior Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.) improved upon his already record setting total in the decathlon as the Chelsea native set a new program record on day two of the ECAC Championship meet hosted by Springfield College.
Despite having a tough second day, the senior powered his way through and broke his original mark, which he set earlier this year by a combined 87 points overall. Morales closed out the two day meet with a combined 5,687 points to finish in eighth place. His best event on Friday was the 110 meter hurdles in which he earned a fifth place finish with a time of 16.26 seconds. He then recorded a pair of 12th place finishes in the discus throw (83-03) and in the 1,500 meter run (5:00.78). He would finish in 14th place in the pole vault (8-08.25) and 15th place in the javelin throw (102-01).
Having the best overall finish on Friday was sophomore Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) who recorded a second place height in the high jump. Looking to have a big weekend to keep his hopes of earning a spot in next week's national tournament, the sophomore recorded a leap of 6-09.00 feet, which was a quarter of an inch off his career best. Going into the meet Hart was ranked eighth in Division III at 6-09.25 feet. Fellow high jumper Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.), who remains the nation's top high jumper, finished in 14th place with a leap of 6-03.25 feet.
For the women's team, senior Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) led a trio of Beacons sprinters in the 200 meter dash. She would post a seventh place finish with her time of 25.14 seconds. Behind her with a new personal best was Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.) who finished with a time of 25.61 seconds (19th). Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) also recorded a new career best time as she finished in 28th place with a time of 25.89 seconds.
O'Brien also competed in the long jump and finished in 41st place with a jump of 15-03.25 feet. Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.) was the lone Beacons distance runner as he recorded a final time of 4:06.19 in the 1,500 meter run to take 33rd place overall.
In the 4x100 meter relays the women's team finished in ninth place with a time of 48.94 seconds, while their male counterparts earned a 25th place finish overall with their combined time of 43.36 seconds.
The Beacons will now wait to see who earns a qualifying spot in this year's national championship meet which is scheduled to start next Wednesday in Wisconsin. Currently Joseph and Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) have their tickets punched for next week's championship. The women's 4x100 meter relay team should also be a lock for next week's championship, as well as Hart. The official announcement for this year's championship will be made on Sunday at 9 a.m. on NCAA.com.