NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by several strong individual outings in both side's first afternoon of competition since early December, the Merrimack men's and women's track and field teams posted an impressive showing at the Benyon Invitational, as the women finished in second place overall while the men settled for fourth.
Both sides fielded nearly full squads after going more than a month off from competition for the semester and holiday break. Still, the Warriors did not show much rust, as several familiar and new faces made their mark in the event held at the campus of Smith College in Northampton, Mass.
On the women's side, it was another record-setting afternoon for sophomore sprinter Noelia Figuereo (Haverhill, Mass.). The first-year Warrior hit the provisional mark en route to her third straight victory in the 60 meter dash, winning the event with a time of 7.83. The Haverhill, Mass., native also set an ECAC record in the 200 meter race, posting another victory with a time of 26.11.
Rookie middle distance runner Sarah May (Peabody, Mass.) also turned in a five afternoon. The Peabody, Mass., native led the Warriors in the 600 meter race, winning the event with a time of 1:45.69. May also placed seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 9.35 meters.
Also aiding the Warrior women was junior Briana Devereaux (Londonderry, N.H.), who placed third in the 800 meter with a time of 2:27.61. Rounding out the distance performers, junior Fiona Coleman (Windsor, Conn.) took home the title in the 3,000 meter (11:14.49), while sophomoreKelsey Grimmer (Shelton, Conn.) won the 5,000 meter with a time of 19:02.16.
Sophomore Janelle Clark finished in second in the triple lump (10.07 meters), while the Merrimack 'A' relay teams posted wins in the 4x200 and 4x400 meter races.
On the men's side, sophomore Anthony Arcari (Tewksbury, Mass.) led the sprinters to a win in the 60 meter (7.22) and finished in sixth place in the 200 meter (24.04). Classmate Luis Cruz(Lawrence, Mass.) picked up a victory in the 800 meter race (2:01.94), while rookie Aaron Maurais (Hopedale, Mass.) took the title in the 5,000 meter, finishing with a time of 15:45.72.
Rookies Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.) and Zachary Lyons (Raynham, Mass.) finished in first and second, respectively, in the long jump, as Livingston edged his classmate with a winning distance of 6.28 meters. Livingston also placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 12.82 meters.
Finally, the men's 'A' relay team came out on top in the 4x200 relay, while also finishing in third in the 4x400 race.
The Warriors return to action next Saturday when they compete in the Southern Maine Invitational.