School Records Fall as Women’s Track and Field Competes at BSU Bears Invite

BRIDGEWATER, MA – The Merrimack women's track and field team competed on Saturday afternoon at the Bridgewater State Bears Invite. In all, the Warriors broke eight school records on the afternoon in both individual and team events.

"Our athletes came ready to compete today," said head coach Matt Pimentel. "We had some solid performances, including several life time bests. It was great to start the season with several top three finishes." 

Merrimack took home two first place finishes on the afternoon as Briana Devereaux (Londonderry, NH) won the 1,500 meter run in a time of 4:48.82, breaking a school record in the process. Anne Bajor (Methuen, Mass.) and Kelsey Grimmer (Shelton, CT) finished right behind Devereaux in second and third place respectively.  Ashley Sarris (Shelton, CT) grabbed a first place finish in the 5,000 meter run in a school record time of 18:48.02.

Freshman Christine Manfra (Stoneham, Mass.) performed well in her first collegiate meet on Saturday as she took a second place finish in the 400 meter hurdles contest in a school record time of 1:12.05. The Warriors picked up two other second place finishes on the day as freshman Ashley Wright (Somersworth, NH) jumped 1.47 meters in the high jump competition and threw the javelin a school record 33.84 meters.

In the 200 meter run school records were set as well as freshman Desiree DeLeon (Salem, Mass.) finished in sixth place in a time of 27.33 seconds, breaking the old school record by just over three seconds. Mary Murphy (Boxborough, Mass.) placed fifth in the 100 meter dash for the Warriors in a school record time of 13.26 seconds.

Two Warrior relay teams also set school records on Saturday afternoon as the 4 X 400 meter relay team took a second place finish in a time of 4:16.03. The 4 x 100 meter relay team grabbed a third place finish in a time of 52.97 seconds.

Merrimack will compete in the Snowflake classic on Saturday March 31.