SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Merrimack men's track and field team competed on Saturday afternoon at the Springfield College Invitational.
The Warriors had a stellar day overall finishing 5th in the team standings with 75 points. Gray Howard (Salem, NH) and Mike Kelley (Stoneham, Mass.) led the way in the 100 meter dash. Each finished with times of 11.87 seconds and 12.07 seconds respectively in their heats. Howard also finished the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.51 seconds.
The Warriors were also very impressive in the 400 meter dash having three runners finish in the top 11 of the event. Ethan Weaver (Brooklyn, CT) and Ian Weaver (Brooklyn, CT) finished first and third respectively with times of 51.25 seconds and 51.43 seconds. The twins combined for 18 total team points for Merrimack. Both times were in their finals heat which they qualified for. Joe Caruso (Peabody, Mass.) also competed in the event, finishing with a time of 56.15 seconds.
In the 1,500 meter run Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) and John Doherty (Chelmsford, Mass.) both placed in the top 15 for the Warriors. Cruz finished 10th with a time of 4:15.21 while Doherty finished in 15th at 4:17.70. In the 3000 meter steeplechase event, the lone Warrior to compete was Jason LeFavor (Sandwich, Mass.).
Merrimack had a solid day in the team events as the 4x100 meter relay team of Jesse Fowler (Lynn, Mass.), Ethan Weaver, Francesco Cuesta, and Kelley finished second overall with a combined time of 43.23 seconds. To add to his day, Ethan Weaver teamed up with his twin brother Ian along with Cuesta and Cruz to place first in the 4x400 meter relay at 3:27.34, earning Merrimack the maximum 10 team points for the event.
In field events, the Warriors continued to impress. Ian Weaver finished in second place in the high jump with a leap of 1.81 meters. Anthony Baccini (Billerica, Mass.) continued his mastery in the long jump and triple jump events, placing 6th and 3rd respectively. His distances in each event were 6.03 meters and 12.21 meters. Nour Shahin (Peabody, Mass.) nearly broke his previous school record of 43.51 meters in the discus throw by registering a distance of 43.35 meters. Shahin finished in first place in the event, earning Merrimack 10 points toward their team total. Shahin also placed seventh in the shot put event with a finals throw of 12.87 meters.
The Warriors will compete next in the Northeast-10 Outdoor Championships on Friday May 4.