January 5, 2013

Personal Bests Continue to Fall at RCC Tigers All-Comers Meet

BOSTON, Mass. – A total of 23 new personal bests were set on Saturday as the track and field team competed in the 2013 Roxbury Community College Tigers All-Comers Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.  On the women's team a total of nine career best marks were achieved, while on the men's team 14 new career best times and distances were recorded.

The afternoon got off to a solid start for the Beacons as every single competitor in the women's 55 meter dash set a new personal best.  Anisha Trappier (Tauton, Mass.) and Shannel Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) each made their college debuts in the event and recorded times of 7.69 and 7.75 seconds to earn 13th and 14th place respectively.

Alessandra Fiallos (Derby, Conn.) and Tiara Butler-Smith (Hyde Park, Mass.) also had strong finishes in the 55 with Fiallos finishing in 23rd place with a time of 8.40 seconds.  Butler-Smith finished one hundredths of a second behind her teammate to earn 24th place overall (8.41).

In the 200 meter dash Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) led the Beacons with a ninth place finish after recording a new personal best time of 26.89 seconds.  Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) posted the same exact time as McGuffice to earn 10th place overall.  Butler-Smith posted her second personal best time of the day in the 200 with her new mark of 30.15 seconds.

The long jump saw Shannel Trappier hit a career best distance of 15-07.50 feet to earn seventh place overall.  Brianna Anderson (Lynn, Mass.) leaped her way to an eighth place finish after recording a final jump of 15-06.75 feet.  Nicole Aube (Westfield, Mass.) finished in eight place in both the shot put and weight throw with tosses of 29-01.00 and 34-03.50 (personal best) feet respectively.

On the men's side, Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.) led UMB in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.87 seconds to earn 11th place overall.  Norbert Simon (Chelsea, Mass.) posted an 18th place finish with his final time of 6.97 seconds.  Jabari Coy-Gooding (Boston, Mass.) set a new personal best in the 55 after crossing the finish line with a time of 7.22 seconds. 

Moving into the 200 meter dash, six of the eight Beacons sprinters to compete in the event set new career best times.  Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.) led the squad with his second place finish and a time of 22.91 seconds.  Gustave was the second Beacon to cross the finish line, which earned him fourth place overall and a time of 23.25 seconds (pb).  Simon finished in ninth (23.68) and Nick Silva (Fall River, Mass.) finished in 15th place (24.36).  Both times were new personal bests for Simon and Silva.

Senior Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, Mass.) earned a top-20 finish in the 400 meter dash with his new career best time of 53.82 seconds.  Tad Delaney (Halifax, Mass.) set a new personal best in the one mile run after crossing the finish line with a time of 4:59.60 (27th). 

Distance runner Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.) posted a time of 1:59.80 to take seventh in the 800 meter run.  Chhenlee Ly (Leominster, Mass.) recorded a new personal best in the 800 with his time of 2:13.80 (31st). 

High jumper Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) finished in second place in Saturday's meet with his height of 6-06.75 feet.  Hart battled the Community College of Rhode Island's Steven Vazquez in a jump-off after the two finished tied for first.  Hart remains one of the nation's top high-jumpers as he is currently ranked tied for the third in Division III.

Morales and Julian Hubbard (Windsor, Maine) finished in seventh and eighth place respectively in the long jump after recording final jumps of 19-06.75 and 19-02.75 feet.  Abdul notched a new personal best in the triple jump to take second in the event (43-01.00 ft).  Hubbard also recorded a new career best distance in the triple jump to earn seventh place (39-11.25 ft). 

In the throwing events, Christian Cabrera (Fall River, Mass.), Jabari Woods (Randolph, Mass.), and Lenford Coote (Brooklyn, N.Y.) each established a new personal best in the shot put.  Cabrera led his teammates with a toss of 40-08.25 feet to finish tied for seventh.  Woods finished in 14th place with his throw of 36-04.75 feet, followed by Coote in 15th place with his throw of 35-04.00 feet.

The weight throw, saw Cabrera and Woods finish in 16th and 17th place respectively with their final throws of 35-10.00 feet and 31-10.25 feet.

Track and Field returns to action next Saturday when they compete at the Wheaton College (Mass.) Invitational in Cambridge.