MEN'S TRACK & FIELD CLAIMS EIGHT EVENT VICTORIES, FINISHES SECOND AT SOUTHERN MAINE
PORTLAND, Maine – The Merrimack College men's track & field team posted its fourth second-place finish of the season, as the Warriors won eighth events and placed second at the Southern Maine Invitational on Saturday in Portland, Maine.
Team Score: Merrimack (2nd – 140 Points)
Top Performers: Taylor Jean-Gilles (200m), Luis Cruz (800m), Dan O'Flynn (1000m), Sherif Ali (Mile), James Wegman (5000m), John Spencer (55m Hurdles), Denzel Livingston (LJ)
Location: University of Southern Maine | Portland, Maine
How It Happened
Highlighted by sophomore Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.) setting a school record in the long jump with a distance of 6.87m, which helped him qualify for the New England Championships, as well as a record-setting effort by Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) in the 800m with a time of 1:57.70, Merrimack placed second in the team standings, trailing winner Assumption by just 17 points.
Eight different events were won by the Warriors on Saturday. Sophomore Taylor Jean-Gilles (Woburn, Mass.), topped the 200m field with a time of 22.92, while sophomore Daniel O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.) picked up 10 more points in the 1000m, winning the race by more than three seconds (2:38.02).
In the mile run, junior Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) blew away the field with a time of 4:34.68, while freshman James Wegman (Sandwich, Mass.) bested the 5000m field with a time of 16:09.40. John Spencer (North Haven, Conn.) also picked up a win in the 55m hurdles (8.07 seconds), while the 4x200m relay team also picked up a victory.
What They Said
Head Coach Matt Pimentel: "On the men's side we had some great individual performances. We were able to win most events we entered today. Hopefully over the next couple of weeks we can get healthy in preparation for the conference championships."
Merrimack returns to action next Friday and Saturday. Split-squad competitors will partake in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University on Friday (Feb. 7), and the full team will make the short trek to Cambridge, Mass., to partake in the MIT Invitational the following afternoon.