NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by freshman Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.) earning All-New England honors in the high jump and first-year sophomore Noelia Figuereo (Haverhill, Mass.) qualifying for Saturday's 100m and 200m finals, the Merrimack men's and women's track & field teams posted a strong first day of competition at the New England Championships hosted by Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.
Running against the top competition in all of New England in all three Divisions (Division I, II, III), the Warriors held their own against some of the best the region has to offer. The men's side managed to earn a pair of team points thanks to Livingston's heroics in the high jump, while the women aim to improve in the standings with a number of performers qualifying for the finals in their respective events.
Highlighting the field for the men, Livingston earned a seventh-place finish in the long jump, earning two team points with a final distance of 6.60m, which earned him a spot on the All-New England Team.
The women, meanwhile, saw Figuereo qualifying for tomorrow's finals in both the 100m and 200m dash, respectively. The Indoor NE-10 Female Rookie of the Year placed fourth in the 100m preliminaries with a time of 12.00 seconds, and then finished fifth in the 200m preliminaries with a final time of 24.71 seconds.
Also highlighting the women's afternoon of competition was a pair of school records falling. In the 10K race, graduate student Caitlin Kasala-Hallinan (Worcester, Mass.) set the new school mark with a 12th-place finish thanks to her time of 39:25.32 in the event.
And finally, in the 400m hurdles, sophomore Christine Manfra (Stoneham, Mass.) established a new program record in the event, finishing in 13th with a time of 1:05.40.
The Warriors will look to add to their weekend when the rest of Saturday's qualifiers return to action in their respective events.