Five Top-Five Finishes Highlights Sixth-Place Finish for Men’s Track & Field Saturday

Five Top-Five Finishes Highlights Sixth-Place Finish for Men's Track & Field Saturday

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MEDFORD, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's track & field team registered five top-five finishes – including a second-place performance by junior Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) in the 800m and a victory in the 4x200m relay – as the Warriors placed sixth as a team in their first event of 2014 at the Tufts Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The Basics
Team Standings:
1st: Tufts (125 points) | 6th - Merrimack (56) | 11th – Regis (10)
Top Performers:
Luis Cruz (2nd – 800m) | 4x200m Relay (1st)
Gantcher Center | Medford, Mass.

How It Happened
Back on the courses for the first time since an impressive season-opening performance at the University of Vermont back in December, the Warrior men finished respectably thanks to a number of top-five performances, including a second-place finish and a win in a relay event. Those efforts pushed the Warriors' team score to sixth at the end of the day in an 11-team field.

In the sprint events, junior Anthony Arcari (Tewksbury, Mass.) posted an impressive fourth-place effort after finishing in a time of 7.16. In the 60m hurdles, John Spencer (North Haven, Conn.) finished in fifth (8.93) before moving to the mid-distance and distance events.

Cruz enjoyed Merrimack's best individual performance of the day, missing a first-place finish by less than half of a second and settled for a runner-up finish in the 800m run.

Moving to relays, the 4x200m quartet blew the field away with a three-second win, finishing with a time of 1:35.68.

Up Next
Next weekend, Merrimack continues the indoor season with a split-squad event on Friday (Jan. 24) and Saturday (Jan. 25); part of the team will compete at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational at Boston University, and the rest will travel to Northampton, Mass., to compete in the Smith College Invitational.


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