BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Claiming individual wins in the 100m and triple jump, respectively, sophomores Noelia Figuereo (Haverhill, Mass.) and Janelle Clarke (Springfield, Mass.) and the rest of the Merrimack women's track & field team opened up the outdoor season at the Bridgewater State Invitational on Saturday.
No team score was kept for either side, allowing for several Warriors to make individual statements among a pack of some of the top Division II and Division III competition in New England.
For Figuereo, who barely missed qualifying for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, it was a strong start to the spring. The NE-10 Female Rookie of the Year earned a top finish in the 100m dash with a time of 12.77 seconds before finishing fourth in the 400m dash with a time of 1:00.38.
In the distance events, junior Briana Devereaux (Londonderry, N.H.) placed fifth in the 1500m with a time of 4:54.04, while graduate student Caitlin Kasala-Hallinan (Worcesster, Mass.) finished in third in the 10,000m with a time of 39:27.63, shattering the old school record by a minute and qualifying for the New England Championships in the process .
Sophomore Christine Manfra (Stoneham, Mass.) earned a fourth-place finish in the 400m hurdles to lead the Warriors, while classmate Kelsey Grimmer (Shelton, Conn.) was the runner-up finisher in the Steeplechase.
Moving to field events, junior Jackie Jones (Amherst, N.H.) enjoyed a second-place performance in the high jump with a distance of 1.52m, while Clarke out-jumped Bridgewater's Ariele Krevosky in the triple jump to win the event with a distance of 10.32 m.
The Warriors return to action return to action next Saturday (March 30) at the Tufts Invitational.