WARRIORS COMPETE IN FINAL TUNE-UP BEFORE NE-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT WEEKEND
MEDFORD, Mass. – Competing in its final tune-up meet before next weekend's Northeast-10 Conference Championships, the Merrimack College men's and women's track & field team returned to Tufts University for the third time this winter to participate in the Tufts Cupid Challenge Saturday, posting solid results in the process.
Event: Tufts Cupid Challenge
Top Performer: Men: Livingston (1st – HJ) | Women: Muscaro (6th - 60M),
Location: Tufts University | Medford, Mass.
How It Happened
Highlighted by sophomore sprinter and jumper Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.) posting a victory in the long jump, Merrimack fared well against some top regional competition on Saturday, giving the team one last unscored meet to fine-tune its performances in certain events before next week's two-day league championships.
Blowing away the high jump field with a distance of 6.73m, Livingston also earned an 11th-place finish in the men's triple jump, finishing with a distance of 12.70m.
Other impressive men's results included junior Anthony Arcari (Tewksbury, Mass.) placing eighth in the 60m dash (7.20 seconds), first-year sophomore Taylor Jean-Gilles (Woburn, Mass.) finishing seventh in the 200m (23.19 seconds), and John Spencer (North Haven, Conn.) notching another top-10 effort in the 60m hurdles (8.85 seconds).
Meanwhile, at Boston University, freshman Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.) was part of a two-girl tandem that competed as a split squad. Downey competed in the 500m, qualifying for the New England Championships and setting a school record in the process. She also qualified for New England's in the high jump and broke the old school record and is now owns the best high jump distance in the entire Northeast-10 Conference.
On the women's side, freshman Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) offered up a solid showing in the 60m dash, placing sixth with a time of 7.96 seconds. In mid-distance, sophomoreBethany Labossier (Derry, N.H.) notched a top-15 finish after placing 15th in the 800m with a time of 2:28.70.
Finally, in field events, rookie Kathryn Skotnicki posted one of her best results of the season in the high jump, finishing 15th with a distance of 1.47m. Fellow freshmen Emily Mauro (Northboro, Mass.) and Sarah Muolo (Stoneham, Mass.) both posted a top-20 performance of their own in the pole vault, as each tied for 19th place (2.75m).
The Warriors will gear up for their most important meet of the indoor season next weekend, as Merrimack joins its fellow league competitors to square off in the Northeast-10 Championships next Friday and Saturday (Feb. 21-22) at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The league's Pre-Championship poll will be released Thursday, with more details on live stats and coverage through the weekend.