Feb. 13, 2010

GORHAM, ME - Junior Mariama Njie (Bakau New Town, The Gambia) and freshman Henry Morales (Chelsea, MA) both finished fourth among Little East Conference competitors in the long jump to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston men's and women's indoor track and field teams at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championships hosted by University of Southern Maine in Gorham, ME today.

Southern Maine won the team championship on both the men's and women's sides for both the Little East Conference and New England Alliance. The Huskies totaled 210 points in LEC men's action and 171 points in the Alliance competition, while the USM women took the LEC team title with a score of 212 points and the Alliance crown with 154 points.

UMass Boston's men finished sixth in the LEC with 12 points and 10th among Alliance squads with four points, while the women also finished sixth in the LEC with 24 points and 10th with eight points vs. the Alliance.

Morales' leap of 6.14 meters was good for eighth among Alliance competitors and placed 19th in the Alliance in the triple jump with a mark of 11.16 meters. He was also the Beacons' top finisher in the 200 meters with a 21st-place showing crossing the tape at 23.81 and in the 55-meter preliminaries with a time of 6.90 to finish 17th.

Sophomore Benajah Potter (Arlington, MA) turned in a personal-best time of 2:01.86 in the 800 meters to place fourth among LEC runners and sixth in the Alliance, while freshman Jake Kerin (Quincy, MA) placed 11th in the Alliance with a time of 2:03.14 in the 800 meters.

Junior Patrick Day (Quincy, MA) led UMass Boston in the distance events with a mark of 4:57.97 in the mile run to place 22nd in the Alliance and also placed 22nd in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:32.38.

Freshman Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, MA) finished sixth and 13th in the long jump with a leap of 6.09 meters and posted an 18th-place finish in the triple jump among Alliance competitors with a distance of 11.34 meters. He also fared well on the track with a time of 1:37.18 in the 600 meters to place fifth among LEC runners and 12th in the Alliance.

Senior David York (Andover, MA) led the way for the Beacons in the shot put with a heave of 12.35 meters to finish 16th in the Alliance standings. He also took 22nd place in the Alliance with a mark of 10.35 meters in the weight throw.

The UMass Boston men's 4X400 relay team of Kerin, Morales, Abdul and Potter placed sixth and 10th with a time of 3:42.90.

Njie registered a leap of 4.73 meters in the women's long jump to finish 10th among Alliance competitors.

Senior Joy Risko (Bristol, RI) crossed the finish in the 600 meters with a time of 1:51.05 to place 13th among Alliance runners, while junior Celia Leclerc (Reville, France) clocked in at 1:19.48 in the 400 meters for a 20th-place showing among Alliance runners. Freshman Esther Sainterling (Somerville, MA) led the Beacons' sprinters with a time of 8.39 to finish 22nd in the 55-meter preliminaries for the Alliance, while placing 21st in the 200 meters Alliance meet with a time of 29.13. She also competed in the field events with a heave of 8.74 meters in the shot put to place 25th among Alliance competitors.

The UMass Boston relay teams performed well with Sainterling, Risko, Njie and senior Debbie Gieng (Boston, MA) combining to finish the 4X200 meter relay in 1:56.97 to place third in the LEC and fourth in the Alliance. The same quartet placed fourth and sixth in the 4X400 with a mark of 4:35.29.