MEDFORD, Mass. – In their first meet of 2018, the track and field team posted multiple top-15 finishes, including four first place finishes Saturday afternoon at the Tufts University Invite.
Men – No Team Result
Women – No Team Result
HOW IT HAPPENED
All four first place finishes on Saturday came on the women's side, as the 15th ranked Beacons picked-up right where they left off in December. On the first USTFCCCA National Preseason Poll, the women's team earned a program first top-15 preseason ranking as the heart of the indoor season is about to begin.
Wadeline Jonathas (Gonaives, Haiti) registered first place finishes in the 60-meter dash (7.61), the 200-meter dash (24.95), and in the long jump (18-04.25 feet). The women's 4x400-meter relay team of Jonathas, Taylor Driggers (Lisbon, Conn.), Lexy Bean (Danvers, Mass.), and Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.) posted a combined time of 4:09.83 to win the relay event, while also climbing in 13th place in the country.
For the men's team, Bless Amedoadzi (Boston, Mass.) completed the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.05 seconds to finish in third place. Dom Nda (Pittsfield, Mass.) took fifth in the 60 with a time of 7.08 seconds, and earned a ninth-place finish in the 200 with his time of 23.47 seconds.
Virgil Harrell III (Hamden, Conn.) took a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.49 seconds. Anthony Nguyen finished in 10th place in the 200 with a time of 23.58 seconds. Back on the women's side Ashley Hernandez (Miami, Fla.) posted a time of 27.46 to take fifth place in the 200, while Burnes finished in 10th with a time of 28.16.
Cameron Ford (Worcester, Mass.) and Prosper Lubega (Watertown, Mass.) finished the 1,000-meter run in 12th and 13th place respectively with times of 2:48.50 and 2:48.60 respectively. In the mile run William Barrett (Everett, Mass.) tripped the sensor with a time of 4:38.77, which earned him fifth place overall.
Jimmy Cannon (Quincy, Mass.) registered a time of 9:26.59 (13th place) in the long 3,000-meter run.
The women's 4x200-meter relay team of Driggers, Hernandez, Paulina Vo (Braintree, Mass.), and Amalika Lucien (Malden, Mass.) completed their first meet of the 2018 season with a time of 1:54.14 to earn third place overall.
In the high jump, Lubega posted a 10th place finish after finish with a height of 5-10.00 feet. For the women's team Lauren Olton (Stoneham, Mass.) led the way with a height of 4-10.50 feet which earned her a fifth-place finish.
Driggers nabbed a second-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17-09.00 feet, while Logan Mitchell (Franklin, Mass.) led the men's team with a fifth-place finish. Mitchell registered a final jump of 20-05.75 feet. In the shotput Jason Bigler (Tyngsborough, Mass.) finished with a throw of 40-10.25 feet, while in the weight throw Julian Collins (Asheville, N.C.) recorded a throw of 47-09.75 feet, a new personal best. For the women's team Sarah Morenz (Dunstable, Mass.) closed out the day with a throw of 38-09.50 feet.
The Beacons return to action when they compete at the Springfield College Maroon and White Classic.