Men’s Track & Field Places Second at Benyon Invitational; Warriors Win Seven Events


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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – With the seven event victories and a pair of record-setting performances, the Merrimack College men's track & field team posted a brilliant performance at the Benyon Invitational Saturday, as the Warriors placed second in one of their best efforts of the year at Smith College.

The Basics
Team Score: Merrimack (2nd – 170)

Top Performers:
Taylor Jean-Gilles, Sherif Ali, Luis Cruz, 4x200m Relay, Evan Vadenais, John Braga
Smith College | Northampton, Mass.

How It Happened
Seven different events were won by the Warriors on Saturday to help propel them to the runner-up team finish. Merrimack finished with 170 team points, just behind WPI, who won the invitational with a final score of 232.

Sophomore Taylor Jean-Gilles (Woburn, Mass.) enjoyed one of his finest outings of his young career, posting a pair of victories to lead the way. First, the speedster topped the 60m field with a school-record time of 7.17, and then followed it up with a victory in the 200m dash, as well, finishing in 23.12 seconds.

Moving to distance, junior Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) picked up the lone sub-two-minute time to top the field (1:59.00), while classmate Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) squeaked out a win in the mile run by less than half a second (4:32.00). Finally, Evan Vadenais (Millville, Mass.) secured yet another Merrimack win in the 5000m, finishing with a time of 16.06.11.

In field events, John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) edged the field with a distance of 1.88m in the high jump to lead the way, and finally, the men's 4x200m relay team comprised of Jean-Gilles, sophomore Zachary Lyons (Raynham, Mass.), rookie Nick Vratsenes (Manchester, N.H.) and classmate Cameron Ricci each contributed to the final event victory of the day, as the quartet finished with a combined time of 1:34.46.

Several other Warriors posted runner-up finishes, including junior Anthony Arcari (Tewksbury, Mass.) in the triple jump, Braga in the long jump, senior Anthony Baccini (Billerica, Mass.) in the triple jump, junior Joseph Smith (Medfield, Mass.) in the 1000m, John Spencer (North Haven, Conn.) in the 60m hurdles, and the 4x800m relay team comprised of Cruz, Ali, and Daniel Brien (Pittsfield, Mass.) and sophomore Daniel O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.), which set a new school record with a time of 8:26.03.

Up Next
Merrimack returns to action next Saturday, Feb. 1, when they partake in the Southern Maine Invitational.


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