EASTON, Mass. – After a successful first day of competition against some of the region's top programs, the Merrimack men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up their third varsity seasons with an outstanding day of competition to post strong showings at the New England Championships held at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.
Finishing higher than three Division I teams, the men's side earned a 28th-place finish in a field of 37 schools, while the women did even better, placing 22nd out of 35 teams.
"With such a successful season throughout the year, it was great to end on such a high note with all of the performances at New England's," head coach Matt Pimentel noted afterward. "We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments over the last two days and look forward to continue taking our extremely young program to new heights next year."
Several individuals shattered previous personal and school records throughout the weekend while even more earned All-New England accolades. The top highlights were reserved for junior Briana Devereaux (Londonderry, N.H.) and first-year sophomore Noelia Figuereo (Haverhill, Mass.), who hit the NCAA provisional qualification mark in their respective events.
Deveraux ran to a sixth-place finish in the 800m event, finishing with a time of 2:14.05 to earn All-New England honors while hitting the NCAA provisional qualification mark.
Figuereo, meanwhile, earned a spot in the 100m and 200m finals after successful runs in the preliminaries yesterday. The Haverhill, Mass., native added more to her impressive first-year resume, placing fifth in both the 100m and 200m finals, earning All-New England honors and reaching the NCAA provisional qualification mark for both, as well.
Finally for the women, the 4x400m relay tandem of Figuereo, Devereaux, sophomore Christine Manfra (Stoneham, Mass.) and freshman Bethany Labossier (Derry, N.H.) broke the school record in the event, finishing with a sub-four time of 3:59.83.
On the men's side, the men's 4x100m relay group of freshman Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.), graduate students Ian Weaver and Ethan Weaver (Brooklyn, Conn.), and sophomore Anthony Arcari (Tewksbury, Mass.) set a school record with a time of 42.31 seconds, earning All-New England honors in the process.
Another men's relay team earned significant success as well, as the 4x800m relay group of sophomore Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.), freshman Daniel O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.), sophomore Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) and rookie Nick Christensen (Peabody, Mass.) broke the school record (7:50.28) in their respective event, as well.