Relay Teams Standout at Tufts University Stampede Classic
MEDFORD, Mass. - The men's and women's 4x200 relay teams were on full display at Saturday's Tufts University Stampede Classic. The men's team sprinted their way to a top time, while the women's team posted a second place finish with an impressive time of their own at the Gantcher Center.
For the men's squad it was Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.), Nobert Simon (Chelsea, Mass.), Kelly Desane (Cambridge, Mass.), and Shawn Lawson (Westford, Mass.) who posted an impressive time of 1:34.59 which was just a mere hundredth of a second away from matching the program record. On the women's side Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.), Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.), Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) and Ari Leao (New Bedford, Mass.) finished with a time of 1:47.74 in what was a very tight race with the host Jumbos.
However for McGuffie she did not leave Saturday's meet empty handed as the sophomore sprinter dominated the 400 meter dash with her first place time of 58.78 seconds. The closest competitor to the All-American finished almost three seconds behind the Lynn native. Trappier and O'Brien were also top-10 finishers in the 400 to help lead the women's squad to an eighth place finish overall.
In the men's 400 meter dash Lawson crossed the finish line in ninth place with his time of 53.70 seconds, followed by Simon who finished with a time of 53.75 seconds to earn 10th place overall. Lawson would then post the third fastest time in the 200 meter dash with a final mark of 23.10 seconds to cap off an impressive day on the track for the newcomer. He was not done however as he earned a seventh place finish in the long jump with a leap of 20-02.25 feet.
In the women's 3,000 meter run Angelica Pizzi (Milton, Mass.) earned a ninth place finish after completing the distance event with a time of 11:02.42. McGuffie and O'Brien led the way in the field events as the duo once again were two of the top competitors in the long jump. McGuffie earned a fourth place finish with a jump of 16-01.50 feet, while O'Brien finishing five spots back with a jump of 14-03.75 feet. In the shot put Taylor Smith (Burlington, Mass.) recorded a throw of 36-07.50 feet to take ninth in the event.
Track and Field returns to action next Saturday when they compete in the Boston University Valentine Invite.