February 15, 2014

McGuffie and O’Brien Win Gold at LEC/NE Alliance Championship Meet

GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore sprinter Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) and senior high jumper Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.) both won gold, while the men's 4x200 meter relay team set a new program record Saturday afternoon at the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship meet hosted by the University of Southern Maine.

For McGuffie she picked-up a gold medal as well as setting a new Little East Conference Indoor Championship meet record in the 200 meter dash with her time of 25.81 seconds.  She also won gold in the 55 meter dash with her time of 7.35 seconds which was the fastest time amongst all Little East sprinters.  O'Brien recorded a jump of 5-03.00 feet to finish as a gold medalist in both the Little East and the New England Alliance championship.

For the men's 4x200 meter relay which consisted of Kelly Desane (Cambridge, Mass.), Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.), Christopher Sian Aguirre (Holbrook, Mass.), and Nobert Simon (Chelsea, Mass.) they earned a combined time of 1:33.99 to finish in fourth place overall and breaking the original program record by almost one second.

Also walking away with some hardware at Saturday's championship was the women's 4x200 meter relay team as O'Brien, Ari Leao (New Bedford, Mass.), Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.), and McGuffie recorded a time of 1:47.48 to finish in second place overall.  McGuffie, Trappier, O'Brien and Taylor Smith (Burlington, Mass.) would earn the bronze in the 4x400 meter relay with their combined time of 4:15.12. 

McGuffie picked-up a silver medal in the long jump with her final jump of 17-07.50 feet, while Smith grabbed a bronze medal in the triple jump with her jump of 38-04.00 feet. 

In the men's high jump Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) leaped his way to a third place finish with a jump of 6-06.25 feet.  Shawn Lawson (Westford, Mass.) posted a third place finish in the pole vault with a height of 10-02.00 feet.  Xavier Romero (Phoenix, Ariz.) took third in the long jump with a leap of 20-07.25 feet. 

Also in action at Saturday's championship was Danny Valeri (Leominster, Mass.) who earned 12th in the 600 meter dash with her time of 1:59.10.  Leao posted a 7th place time in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:29.72.  In the long 3,000 meter run, Angelica Pizzi (Stoneham, Mass.) took fourth overall with a time of 11:09.52.  In the weight throw Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) finished in 10th place with her throw of 37-10.75 feet.

In the men's 55 meter dash, Shawn Lawson led the Beacons with a time of 6.80 seconds to earn seventh place in the prelims.  Gustave finished a .01 seconds behind his teammate to finish in eighth place overall, followed by Simon in ninth with his time of 6.89 seconds. 

Lawson would also sprint his way to a top time for the Beacons in the 200 meter dash as he crossed the finish line in a time of 23.53 seconds to take sixth place overall.

Patrick Powell led UMass Boston in the 600 meter dash with a ninth place finish and his time of 1:28.92 seconds.  Chhenlee Ly (Leominster, Mass.) posted a 12th place time in the event with his final time of 1:32.59.  Anthony Santiago (Chelsea, Mass.) made his conference championship debut and finished in 13th place with a time of 1:35.14. 

Joe Miller (Hull, Mass.) was the lone runner for UMass Boston in the 800 meter run and finished with a time of 2:13.82 (11th).  Tad Delaney (Halifax, Mass.) took 12th in the one mile run with a time of 5:04.82.  Kervens Jean-Phillippe (Milton, Mass.) earned a seventh place finish in the shot put (39-09.25) and 11th place in the weight throw (32-05.75). 

The Beacons return to action next Friday and Saturday when they compete at the NCAA Division III New England Regional meet.  The women's team will compete on Friday at Springfield College, while the men will compete on Saturday at MIT.