February 16, 2011

Men’s Track Geared Up for Northeast-10 Championships

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack men's Indoor track team will be sending 13 runners to the Northeast-10 Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Center February 17. Those 13 runners turned in 23 qualifying marks this winter.

After just two meets, the Warriors' sprint squad and jumping contingent owned nine Northeast-10 worthy marks. Jesse Fowler (Lynn, Mass.) posted qualifying times in the 55 meter and 200 meter dashes. Ethan Weaver (Brooklyn, Conn.) claimed a spot in the 200 meter and 400 meter dashes at the NE10 Championships. Ian Weaver (Brooklyn, Conn.) qualified in the 200 meter dash as well as the high jump.

Freshman Josh Henry posted the ninth-best distance in the triple jump at his first meet with a leap of 12.35 meters to earn a spot in the field. Peter Early also qualified in the 55 meter dash and the high jump this season.

In the distance events, Harry Mullin (West Hartford, Conn.) leads the way with three qualifying times to his credit. Mullin earned a spot in the mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. Myles Dechane (Danville, N.H.) and Evan Mercier (Burlington, Mass.) also qualified for the mile run at the Northeast-10 Championships.

John Lawrence (Peabody, Mass.) and John Doherty (Chelmsford, Mass.) each made the cut in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs. Pat Lawlor (Haverhill, Mass.) and Mercier also qualified in the 5,000 meter run.

Brendan Mormile (West Haven, Conn.) is Merrimack's lone entry into the 800 and 1,000 meter events.

The Warriors' 4x800 meter relay team turned in the league's seventh-best time at the Tufts Invitational, crossing the finish line in 8:43.44.

"I am really proud of the way that our team performed this season. We had some really good times and the men keep improving every week," said head coach Matt Pimentel. "I think that we set the bar high in the first year but we will keep on exceeding expectations as the season goes on and we move outdoors. The Northeast-10 meet will have great competitors and I have confidence that our runners will be among those top competitors."