CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Highlighted by a record setting marks from sophomore Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) and senior Hamza Abdul (Chelsea, Mass.) the UMass Boston track and field teams traveled to North Carolina to compete in the two-day 49ers Classic Track and Field Meet on the campus of the University of Charlotte.
UMass was making their first-ever appearance in the two-day meet which featured some of the top Division I and II programs in the south. Joseph, who just completed his second season with the men's basketball team, dominated the high jump event to post a new program record of 7-01.00 feet.
The incredible jump broke his original program mark by 2.75 inches, which he reached at the 2012 Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet. Joseph also put himself in immediate contention for the NCAA Championship meet in May. One year ago, Joseph became the first All-American in over a decade, after posting a top-8 finish at the national championship meet.
Abdul set the new program mark in the triple jump event as he posted a distance of 45-00.50 feet to finish in 9th place.
On day one of the meet, a variety of Beacons competed in preliminary heats starting with the women's 100 meter hurdles. Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.) posted a new personal best time of 19.71 seconds in the event to finish in 42nd place overall.
The women's 100 meter dash prelims saw senior Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) record a time of 12.53 seconds. Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) also competed in the prelims and posted a time of 12.85 seconds overall. Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.) was the lone Beacon to compete in the men's 100 meter dash as he posted a final time of 11.49 seconds.
The men's 400 meter dash was led by Norbert Simon's (Chelsea, Mass.) time of 54.77 seconds. Behind him was Julian Hubbard (Windsor, Maine) with a time of 54.97, Abdul with a time of 55.16, and Chhenlee Ly (Leominster, Mass.) with a time of 59.61.
Leao posted a time of 1:14.37 seconds in the 400 meter hurdles to finish in 32nd place overall. The men's 400 meter hurdles saw Morales led the way with a time of 58.65 seconds to earn 15th place overall. Ly also competed in the event and finished with a time of 1:06.72.
The women's 200 meter dash was led by McGuffie's time of 25.75 seconds. Faustin recorded the second fastest time for UMB as she crossed the finish line with a time of 25.75 seconds. Trappier recorded a time of 26.50 seconds, followed by O'Brien with a time of 26.63 seconds.
The men's 200 meter dash had Gustave leading the way for the Beacons with a time of 22.97 seconds, followed by Simon with his time of 23.53 seconds.
Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.) recorded a time of 4:06.97 in the 1,500 meter run and 2:00.59 in the 800 meter run. Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.) closed out the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 16.50 seconds to earn 24th place in the event.
Moving into the field events, the women's hammer saw Nicole Aube (Westfield, Mass.) earn a 36th place finish with her throw of 99-09 feet. Aube also went on to record a throw of 29-05.25 feet in the shot put. Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) was next for UMB with her throw of 95-08 feet, followed by Brittany Moore (Billerica, Mass.) who recorded a final toss of 78-04 feet. Moore also competed in the discus throw and recorded a distance of 92-02 feet. Jabari Woods (Randolph, Mass.) was the lone thrower for the men's team as he recorded personal bests in the hammer (97-10) and shot put (34-10.25).
Also competing in the high jump alongside Joseph was Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) who finished in 10th place with his jump of 6-02.00 feet. Hubbard and Abdul closed out the two-day event when they competed in the triple jump. Hubbard finished in 19th place with his jump of 41-00.50 feet.
Track and Field return to competition next Saturday when they compete at the Bridgewater State University Invitational.