SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Led by a program record jump by Renee O'Brien (Stoneham, Mass.) and a first place finish by Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) track and field put together one of their best showings ever in program history at the 2014 NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship meet hosted by Springfield College.
O'Brien, who earlier this year tied the program record at 5-05.00 feet, the senior high jumper broke the standard with an impressive leap of 5-06.00 feet. For Joseph his day consisted of a jump of 6-09.75 feet, as the junior remains in the top-10 in the country in the event. O'Brien also led the women's team to their best overall team finish as they finished 8th overall, while the men's team finished in 19th.
Also having an impressive showing at Saturday's championship was sophomore sprinter Hulerie McGuffie (Lynn, Mass.) with her second place finishes in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. The Lynn native and two-time All-American recorded final times of 12.55 and 24.80 respectively. In the preliminary round of the 100, McGuffie finished first with a time of 12.21 seconds, which was just .01 seconds away from tying the all-time record.
The women's 4x100 relay team also earned their best time of the year as McGuffie, O'Brien, Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.), and Anisha Trappier (Taunton, Mass.) finished in second place with their combined time of 47.79 seconds.
Taylor Smith (Burlington, Mass.) continued her impressive freshman season as she earned a third place finish in the discus throw with a toss of 123-11 feet.
Also in action in the championship meet, Anitra Kloczewiak (Newton, Mass.) started things off with her throw of 127-10 in the hammer. Trappier and Ledin also competed in the 100 meter dash as the two sprinters recorded times of 12.70 and 12.89 seconds respectively.
In the 200 meter dash, O'Brien finished in sixth place with a time of 25.29 seconds, while Trappier posted a time of 25.84 seconds.
Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) posted a fifth place finish in the high jump with a leap of 6-06.00 feet to help lead the men's team to the top-20 finish. Fritz Gustave (Fall River, Mass.) was one of two Beacons sprinter in action as he posted a time of 11.44 seconds in the prelims. Nobert Simon (Chelsea, Mass.) completed the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.97 seconds.
Along with the women's 4x100 meter relay team the Beacons had five other relay teams in action. In the men's 4x100 they recorded a time of 44.77 seconds. The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Brittany Moore (Billerica, Mass.), Nicole Aube (Westfield, Mass.), Ashley Cahill (Spencer, Mass.), and Kloczewiak recorded a time of 4:56.28. Their male counterparts of Reyn Johnson (Mangilao, Guam), Xavier Romero (Phoenix, Ariz.), Anthony Santiago (Chelsea, Mass.), and Luis Hernandez finished with a combined time of 3:38.79.
In the 4x800 meter relays, the women's team (Angelica Pizzi (Milton, Mass.), Ari Leao (New Bedford, Mass.), Danny Valeri (Leominster, Mass.), and Smith) posted a time of 10:54.49. The men's team (Tad Delaney (Halifax, Mass.), Jonathan Long, Chhenlee Ly (Leominster, Mass.), and Santiago) finished the championship with a time of 9:02.84 which also set a new program mark.
The Beacons return to action next weekend when they compete in the NEICAAA Championship hosted by Westfield State University.