BOSTON, Mass. - Highlighted by numerous standout perfromances on the track at the Boston University Valentine Invitational, the Merrimack College men's track and field team finished the regular season in strong fashion in its final two meets at Boston University and MIT.
Event: BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational | MIT Gordon Kelly Invitational
Top Finishers: Spencer (3rd – 60m hurdles, MIT), Sardinskas (3rd - 5000m, MIT)
Location: Boston, Mass. | Cambridge, Mass.
How It Happened
- Competing amongst plenty of Division I competition, the Warriors put forth some strong performances at the Boston University on Saturday, including three school records in distance events. Senior captain Phil Harris (Plymouth, Mass.) posted one in the 5000m, qualifying for both the Northeast-10 Conference Championships and New England's.
- Juniors Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.), Niall Coughlin (Castleton, N.Y.) and Connor Murphy (Paxton, Mass.) each would qualify for the NE10's with the school records they would set in Boston. Steinbrecher registered his in the 3000m at a time of 8:42.62. Coughlin's would come in the 1000m with a time of 2:33.41. Murphy would post his in the 800m, with his time of 1:55.25 also qualifying for New England's.
- Sophomore Juwan Hall (Waterbury, Conn.) would lay down another solid time in his signature 60m dash at 7.02, while classmate Jacob Robinson (Riverhead, N.Y.) led the way for the Warriors in the 200m, posting a strong time of 21.99.
- Senior captain John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) posted an impressive fifth-place finish amongst stellar competition in the long jump with a jump of 7.07m. Sophomore Michael Cuesta (South Portland, Maine) added an eighth-place finish in a 32-athlete field in the triple jump, posting a 14.27m jump.
- At MIT, senior John Spencer (North Haven, Conn.) shined in his signature 60m hurdles, posting a time of 8.80 to nab a third-place finish. Rookie Brian Sardinskas (Prospect, Conn.) also ran his way to a third-place finish, coming in the 5000m at a time of 16:26.91.
The Warriors begin postseason meets on Saturday when they compete at the NE10 Championships in Boston.