May 3, 2014

Braga, Jean-Gilles Shine for Men at NE-10 Track & Field Outdoor Championships

Muscaro Wins 400m, Sets New Conference Record to Highlight Track & Field at NE-10 Championships

Links: Results (Men) | Results (Women)

EASTON, Mass. – Freshman sprinter Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) added yet another accolade to her already historic rookie season by winning the 400m run in record-setting fashion, as the Merrimack College men's and women's track & field teams posted historic finishes at the 2014 Northeast-10 Conference Track & Field Championships over the weekend at Stonehill College.

The Basics
Event:
2014 NE-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Team Finish:
Men (7th/10) | Women (5th/10)
Location:
Stonehill College | Easton, Mass.

What They Said
Head coach Matt Pimentel: "The past two days showed how hard our student-athletes have worked this entire year. This was a true team effort. I can not be happier with the team's  improvement from last season. Everyone stepped up and performed above and beyond what we expected." 

How It Happened
Enjoying their best year to date as a varsity program, the men and women each registered historic finishes in the team standings by the time the final competition concluded on Saturday.

Finishing no better than ninth in any of the previous three outdoor championships, the men's side placed seventh out of 10 schools, while the women were even better, placing fifth out of 10 for their best-ever finish in the four-year history of the program.

The men got off to a strong start after first-year sophomore Taylor Jean-Gilles (Woburn, Mass.) placed fifth in the 100m dash in 11.06 seconds and placed third in the 200m sprint with a New England qualifying time of 22.16 seconds.

Junior Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) contributed a team point with an eighth-place finish in the 800m run (1:55.05), and classmate Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) added two more with a seventh-place finish in the 1500m run (4:00.96).

In the 110m hurdles, John Spencer (North Haven, Conn.) placed seventh in the preliminaries in 15.62 seconds to qualify for New England' before placing sixth in the finals in 15.77 seconds. Junior Joey Smith (Medfield, Mass.) added another point with an eighth-place performance in the Steeplechase (10:09.89) while the 4x100m relay picked up three more points with a sixth-place finish.

In field events, freshman John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) placed third in the long jump and qualified for New England's with a distance of 6.98m while classmate Tommy Drover (Peabody, Mass.) added two more points with a seventh-place effort in the javelin throw (46.70m).

Finally, Braga wrapped up the only event victory on the men's side by winning the decathlon by over 400 points, winning six of the 10 contested events to give the Warriors 10 team points in the process.

Final Men's Standings
1. Southern Connecticut – 213.5
2. Stonehill – 146
3. American International – 141
4. Franklin Pierce – 91.50
5. Adelphi – 71
6. New Haven – 63
7. Merrimack – 46
8. Saint Rose – 35
9. Bentley – 23
10. Assumption – 21

Final Women's Standings
1. Stonehill – 197
2. Southern Connecticut – 148
3. New Haven – 132
4. American International – 100
5. Merrimack – 77
6. Adelphi – 65
7. Saint Rose – 47
8. Franklin Pierce – 35
9. Bentley – 30
10. Assumption – 26

Up Next
The Warriors will have one more weekend of regular season competition, as Merrimack will send its best competitors to square off against the top performers from New England at the Division I, II and III ranks at the New England Championships starting next Friday (May 9) at Westfield State.

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