BOSTON, Mass. - In what was his best jump of the 2013-14 indoor season junior Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) matched his program record in the high jump with a leap of 6-08.25 feet to finish in second place in the event at the 2014 Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational Saturday afternoon.
Hart, who holds the program record, which he set in February of 2013 narrowly, missed out on a first place finish. When the dust cleared the top two spots came down to Hart and Robert Pinto of Stevens Institute of Technology (N.J.). In the jump Pinto was able to clear 1.85 meters to earn first place in the event.
On top of Hart's standout performance the men's track and field team closed out Saturday's meet with a total of nine new personal bests. Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.) and Hart each tied their personal bests at Saturday's meet with Gustave sprinting his way to a time of 7.29 seconds in the 60 meter dash.
Also tallying new career bests at the huge Division I, II, and III invitational was Tad Delaney (Halifax, Mass.) and Chennelee Ly (Leominster, Mass.) in the 800 meter run. The duo recorded times of 2:07.36 and 2:12.36 to finish in 215th and 224th place respectively.
In the 200 meter dash it was Kelly Desane (Cambridge, Mass.), Christopher Sian Aguirre (Holbrook, Mass.), and Mohamed Fdal (Everett, Mass.) who each shaved time off their career bests. Gustave led the group with his time of 22.88 to earn 93rd place. Desane posted the second fast time for the Beacons (23.17), while Sian Aguirre finished with a time of 23.83, followed by Fdal with his time of 25.29.
Nobert Simon (Chelsea, Mass.) not only led the Beacons in the long jump, but he also recorded a new career distance with a final mark of 20-05.25 feet to earn 34th place overall. Shawn Lawson (Westford, Mass.) also notched a new career best with his jump of 20-03.00 (37th place).
Xavier Romero (Phoenix, Ariz.) finished the triple jump in 26th place with his new best of 39-06.50 feet. In the shot put Kervens Jean-Philippe (Milton, Mass.) recorded a throw of 36-09.75 feet, which now stands as his best throw since coming to UMass Boston.
Also in action on Saturday were Lawson, Desane and Fdal in the 60 meter dash with the trio recording times of 7.31, 7.47, and 7.96 respectively. Joe Miller (Hull, Mass.) and Ron Esquivel (Guatemala City, Guatemala) both competed in the 800 meter run with Miller finishing with a time of 2:14.64, while Esquivel crossed the finish line in a time of 2:18.88.
Simon took 151st place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.69, while in the 500 meter dash Patrick Powell (Dorchester, Mass.) finished with a time of 1:11.71, followed by Anthony Santiago (Chelsea, Mass.) who posted a time of 1:16.90.
Track and Field returns to action next Saturday when they compete in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet hosted by the University of Southern Maine.