BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Bolstered by a number of impressive individual efforts, the Merrimack track & field teams returned to action on Saturday and opened up the season at the Bridgewater State Invitational.
No team score was kept for either side, allowing for several Warriors to make individual statements among a pack of some of the top Division II and Division III competition in New England.
After a solid winter, freshman Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.) opened up the spring with an eighth-place performance in the 100m dash with a time of 11.38 seconds. In the 200m, graduate student Ethan Weaver (Brooklyn, Conn.) nearly earned a podium spot in the 200m, finishing in fourth with a time of 23.50.
The Warrior men dominated middle distance, as both Ian Weaver (Brooklyn, Conn.) and Ethan combined for second- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, in the 400m dash. The former Weaver finished with a time of 51.43, while the latter posted a time of 52.24.
Moving to distance, in the 800m run, sophomore Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) represented the top Warrior finisher by means of his fourth-place finish with a time of 2:02.18. In the 5000m, it was classmate Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) who owned an identical fourth-place finish, running to a time of 15:33.71. Finally, rookie Aaron Maurais (Hopedale, Mass.) earned a top-three spot in the 10000m with a time of 33:18.21.
Sophomore Joey Smith (Medfield, Mass.) put forth a strong showing in the 3000m Steeplechase, finishing in third with a time of 10:34.51. Finally, Livingston put forth a fine showing in the long jump, placing second with a distance of 6.33m.
The Warriors return to action return to action next Saturday (March 30) at the Tufts Invitational.