NORTH ANDOVER, MA –The Merrimack men's outdoor track and field team broke seven school records in its second year of competition. The Warriors capped off the 2011-12 campaign with a ninth-place finish at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships.
"Newcomers and veterans highlighted this season for the men's track team," said head coach Matt Pimentel. "Nuor Shahin was an All-Region standout in shot put, while our relays and jumpers were again highly ranked in the conference and region. We expect next year's team can build off of this team's achievements."
Merrimack posted 13 Northeast-10 qualifying marks this year, led by Ethan Weaver (Brooklyn, CT), Ian Weaver (Brooklyn, CT) and Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) with three each.
Jesse Fowler (Lynn, MA) qualified for the finals in the conference meet and took home an eight-place finish in a time of 11.24 seconds in the 100 meter dash. In the 400 meter run, senior Ethan Weaver registered a fifth-place finish in a time of 50.33 seconds, good for second place on the school's all-time record list for the event. Weaver went on to the New England Championships and took home a 25th place finish in the 400 meter run.
Freshman Anthony Arcari (Tewksbury, Mass.) was the lone Warrior sprinter to qualify for the New England Championships as he qualified for the 100 meter dash.
Cruz finished off his freshman season with his best time of the season in the 800 meter run, setting the school record with a time of 1:57.47. John Lawrence (Peabody, Mass.) took home a 12th place finish at the Conference meet in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:26.61 while Ian Weaver also registered a 12th place finish in the 400 meter hurdles.
Merrimack's 4x100 meter relay quartet of Ian Weaver, Ethan Weaver, Francesco Cuesta and Arcari picked up a sixth-place finish at the league championship meet with a time of 42.92 seconds. In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Ian Weaver, Ethan Weaver, Cuesta and Cruz turned in a school record time of 3:23.80, finishing in seventh-place overall.
The Warriors claimed three top-10 finishes in the field events at the Northeast-10 Championships. Anthony Baccini (Billerica, MA) took home a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 12.90 meters while Nour Shahin (Peabody, MA) turned in a seventh-place finish in the shot put event and a fifth-place finish in the discus throw with a distance of 45.47 meters.
Merrimack expanded its roster from 17 to 24 athletes this season and will look to add more depth next winter.