Men's Track and Field

Three First-Place Finishes Highlights Merrimack Track at Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Highlighted by three first-place finishes on the track and two school records, the Merrimack College men’s track & field team continued to deliver quality performances in the indoor season at the Bowdoin Invitational at Bowdoin College Saturday.

The Basics
Events:
Bowdoin Invitational
Top Finishers:
Hall (1st – 60m), Robinson (1st – 400m), Coughlin (1st – 1000m)
Location: Bowdoin College | Brunswick, Maine

What They Said
Head coach Jacky Mendes, “It’s great to be into the full swing of the season. We’ve still got a lot of work to do moving forward, but the Warriors have continued to deliver some great performances while training. Most notably on Saturday, Hall, Robinson, Murphy and Coughlin had some amazing performances that will keep the momentum going as we get into the more elite meets of the season.”

How It Happened

  • Sophomore Juwan Hall (Waterbury, Conn.) would post one of the three first-place finishes the Warriors saw in track events on Saturday, nabbing his victory in the 60m dash. The sophomore posted the best time in the Northeast-10 Conference this season at 6.93, qualifying for both the NE10 and New England Championships. Hall fell 0.02 seconds short of matching his school record.
  • Fellow sophomore Jacob Robinson (Riverhead, N.Y.) continued his consistent strong performances on Saturday, registering a victory in the 400m dash with a school-record time of 49.53. The time qualifies for the NE10 and New England Championships and ranks fourth in the conference this season.
  • Juniors Niall Coughlin (Castleton, N.Y.) and Connor Murphy (Paxton, Mass.) would also deliver stellar performances on the track for the Warriors. Coughlin registered the third first-place finish for Merrimack, doing so in the 1000m with the second- best time in school history (2:34.80). Murphy would post a runner-up finish in the 600m, setting a school record with a time of 1:22.53. The cross country standouts both qualified for NE10’s with their performances.

Notes

  • J. Hall – 60m (1st – 6.93). NE10 Rank #1. NE10, NEICAAA & IC4A qualifier
  • J. Robinson – 400m (1st – 49.53). School record. NE10 Rank #4. NE10 & NEICAAA qualifier.
  • C. Murphy – 600m (2nd – 1:22.53). School record. NE10 Rank #3. NE10 & NEICAAA qualifier.
  • N. Coughlin – 1000m (1st – 2:34.80). NE10 Rank #10. NE10 qualifier.

Up Next
The Warriors will compete in the John Thomas Terrier Invitational next weekend in Boston.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – Entering the final month of regular season meets for the indoor season, the #16 Merrimack College women’s track & field team put together another strong all-around meet this past Saturday when it competed at the Bowdoin Invitational at Bowdoin College.

The Basics
Event:
Bowdoin Invitational
Top Finishers:
Spencer (2nd – 600m), Eldridge (2nd – SP)
Location: Bowdoin College | Brunswick, Maine

What They Said
Head coach Jacky Mendes, “It’s great to be into the full swing of the season. We’ve still got a lot of work to do moving forward, but the Warriors have continued to deliver some great performances while training. Most notably on Saturday, Spencer and Eldridge had some amazing performances that will keep the momentum going as we get into the more elite meets of the season.”

How It Happened

  • The Warriors would see their top finishes come from a pair of rookies each notching runner-up placement on both the track and the field. Freshman Savanna Spencer (Seabrook, N.H.) posted a second-place finish in the 600m with a time of 1:43.82, while classmate Gabrielle Eldridge (Easton, Mass.) finish second in the shot put with a personal-best 11.75m throw.
  • Senior Chantal Sayegh (Melrose, Mass.) continued the quality start to her senior campaign, registering a third-place finish in the 60m dash with a time of 8.06. Junior Leniesha Williams  (Bennington, Vt.) finished close behind in fifth at a time of 8.14.
  • Sophomore Mariessa Ricciardi (Holden, Mass.) also found success on the track, finishing fourth in the 600m with a time of 1:44.36. Classmate Tori Daigle (Dayton, Maine) joined Ricciardi in top-five finishes for the Warriors as she finished fifth in the 60m hurdles at Bowdoin, positing an NE10 qualifying time of 9.65.
  • Senior Kathryn Skotnicki (Haddon Heights, N.J.) helped highlight the Warriors’ success in field events, posting a fourth-place finish in the high jump with a 1.47m jump, good enough to qualify for NE10’s. Junior Lauren MacGregor (Salem, N.H.) also registered a fourth-place finish in the field, doing so in the triple jump with a 10.67m jump.

Notes

  • S. Spencer – 600m (2nd – 1:43.92). School rank #4. NE10 Rank #15. NE10 qualifier
  • G. Eldridge – Shot Put (2nd – 11.75m). School rank #2. NE10 Rank #11. NE10 qualifier.
  • M. Ricciardi– 600m (4th – 1:44.36). NE10 Rank #16. NE10 qualifier.
  • K. Scotnicki – High Jump (4th – 1.47m). NE10 Rank #18. NE10 qualifier.
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