BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – At the 2013 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet hosted by Bridgewater State University track and field set five new program records, while tying one other and also saw a combined 34 new personal bests as both teams recorded fifth place finishes overall against their Little East Conference opponents.
On the women's side three new program records were set, Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) who walked away with an individual program record and a first place finish as she recorded a leap of 17-06.75 feet in the long jump. The second program record was shattered by senior thrower Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.). Having perhaps her best season ever at UMass Boston, Kloczewiak recorded a throw of 121-09 feet to earn a fourth place finish at LEC's.
On the men's side the Beacons got their conference championship off to a great start as Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.) broke the program mark in the 100 meter dash by a mere one-hundredths of a second as he crossed the finish line with a time of 11.10 seconds.
The men's 4x100 meter relay team sprinted their way into the record book with a time of 43.53 seconds to earn fourth place overall. The group of Jabari Coy-Gooding (Boston, Mass.), Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.), Nobert Simon (Chelsea, Mass.), and Gustave helped the Beacons add some much needed points to their team total.
Not to be outdone the distance runners also got in on the record setting action as Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, Mass.), Tad Delaney (Halifax, Mass.), Matthew Nardiello (Swampscott, Mass.), and Chhenlee Ly (Leominster, Mass.) set a new program best in the 4x800 meter relay with their combined time of 9:06.86. Despite not setting a new program record sophomore Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) defended his title as the conference's top high jumper as he leaped his way to a conference championship record of 6-11.00 feet to walk away with another gold medal.
The final record of the afternoon belonged to Julian Hubbard (Windsor, Maine). In the triple jump, Hubbard matched the program record set by Abdul in March of this year as he finished in second place with a leap of 45-00.50 feet.
Back to the women's championship all four sprinters in the 100 meter dash recorded new personal bests. Behind a first place finish by Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) (12.40), McGuffie (12.60), Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) (12.68), and Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.) (12.84) each sprinted their way to new career times in the preliminary round of the 100.
In the 200 meter dash, Faustin was once again at the front of the pack as she finished in second place with her time of 25.69 to cap off an amazing Saturday afternoon for the senior.
The 400 saw McGuffie finish with a new personal best as she finished in second place overall with a time of 57.29 seconds. Ari Leao (New Bedford, Mass.) earned fourth place in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.25.
The 4x100 meter relay team sprinted their way to a gold medal as Trappier, Faustin, McGuffie, and O'Brien recorded a combined time of 48.37 seconds
Katelyn Sheehan (Norwell, Mass.) earned a team best seventh place finish in the shot put with her throw of 31-05.75 feet. Brittany Moore (Billerica, Mass.) also walked away with a new PB in the event with her toss of 28-07.00 feet.
Sheehan, Moore, and Kloczewiak all recorded new career bests in the discus throw, with Sheehan leading the way with a fifth place finish and a throw of 106-01 feet. Nicole Aube (Westfield, Mass.) recorded an eighth place finish in the hammer throw behind Kloczewiak's record setting toss. Aube ended the event with her best throw marked at 112-01 feet. Tiara Butler-Smith (Hyde Park, Mass.) earned seventh in the javelin with her throw of 76-05 feet, while O'Brien hit a new career high in the high jump as the junior recorded a leap of 5-01.00 feet.
For the men's squad, Morales earned a new personal best in the 100 meter dash with his time of 11.33 seconds. Gustave would then sprint his way to a third place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.68 seconds, which also marked a career best time for him.
The 400 meter dash saw Simon record a new PB (52.92), while in the long 1,500 meter run Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.) and Delaney each earned new career bests, starting with Kerin's time of 3:59.83 which earned him sixth place. Delaney crossed the finish line with a time of 4:23.02 to earn eighth place.
Coy-Gooding finished with a time of 17.97 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles followed by Nardiello who recorded a time of 18.43 seconds. Morales earned a top-5 finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 58.10. Behind him Nardiello, Emilio Alvarez-Flores (Mexico City, Mexico), and Ly each recorded new career best times in the event.
Joining Joseph in the high jump was Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) as the sophomore earned a second place finish overall with his leap of 6-07.00 feet which marked a new career best for him as well.
Tucker Gaye (Boston, Mass.) led four long jumpers all of which set new PB's at Saturday's championship. Gaye finished in fourth place with his jump of 20-08.00 feet. Behind him was Morales (20-08.00), Hart (25-05.75), and Abdul (20-02.50). Abdul also took third in the triple jump with his final leap marked at 44-04.00 feet.
In the shot put Lenford Coote (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded a 10th place finish after earning a final distance of 35-00.50 feet. Jabari Woods (Randolph, Mass.) ended the afternoon with a fifth place finish and a new personal best of 130-00 feet in the hammer throw.
The Beacons return to action next Saturday when they compete in the three-day NCAA Division III New England Regional meet hosted by Colby College.