After an impressive performance in multiple events in the first meet of 2016-17 at the UMass Boston Indoor Open, senior captain John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) of the Merrimack College men’s track & field team has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Field Athlete of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon.
Braga picks up his senior campaign right where he left off last season after becoming the first male to reach the NCAA Championships and earn All-American status in program history, doing so in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. This award in the first week of the season marks the third Field Athlete of the Week honor of his career, earning that distinction once as both a sophomore and junior.
The North Reading, Massachusetts native takes home the award after quality performance across three different field events at UMass Boston this past Saturday. Braga’s impressive day was highlighted by a second-place finish in the high jump, posting a 2.00m jump that qualified him for the conference championships and the New England Championships in his first meet of the season.
Braga would also qualify for NE10’s and New England’s in the first meet of his senior campaign in the pole vault, recording a third-place finish in the event with a 4.10m vault. The senior captain also added personal-best throw in the shot-put, registering a distance of 11.72m for the fourth-best throw on the school record board.
Braga and the Warriors return to action in Boston on Saturday when they compete in the Jay Carisella Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center.