Jan. 16, 2010

WALTHAM, MA - Freshman Jake Kerin (Quincy, MA) finished fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:04.17 to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston men's and women's indoor track and field teams today at the Reggie Poyau Invitational hosted by Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

The men's squad finished sixth on the day with 17 points, while University of Southern Maine took the team title with 238.50 points. UMass Boston's women posted a fifth-place showing with 22 points. Host Brandeis took the team title with 189 points.

Junior Benajah Potter (Arlington, MA) placed sixth in the 800 meters with a mark of 2:06.91, while junior Fuad Conteh (Sierre Leone) just missed qualifying for the 55 meter dash finals with a seventh-place time of 7.03. He did place 14th in the 200 meters with a time of 25.43. Freshman John Hunt (Somersworth, NH) paced the Beacons in the field events with a fifth-place showing in the weight throw with a mark of 9.89 meters and his heave of 10.37 meters in the shot put earned him sixth place.

Sophomore Samara Faustin (Lynn, MA) clocked in a 7.85 in the 55 meters to take third place and finished 10th in the 200 meters with a time of 31.03. Senior Mariama Njie (Bakau New Town, The Gambia) was UMass Boston's top finisher in the 200 meters with a clip of 29.81 to place sixth with freshman Esther Sainterling (Somerville, MA) right behind her at 29.95 to finish seventh. Senior Debbie Gieng (Boston, MA) took ninth place in the race with a time of 30.75. Gieng also placed in the 55-meter hurdles with a fourth-place showing on a time of 10.14. Sophomore Laura Sweet (Rumney, NH) paced the Beacons in the distance events with a time of 13:07.40 to place 13th in the 3000 meters. Njie's leap of 4.40 meters was good for seventh in the long jump, while a heave of 9.20 meters earned Sainterling fifth place in the shot put.

UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, January 29 at the Boston Reebok Games hosted at the Reggie Lewis Center.