BRUNSWICK, Maine – Led by a pair of second-place finishes from freshman Kenny Clarke (Oakland, N.J.), the Merrimack College men’s track & field team finished sixth on Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational.
Event: Bowdoin Invitational
Team Scores: 1. Tufts 141 | 6. Merrimack 32 | 8. Wheaton 8.33
Top Performers: Taylor Jean-Gilles (2nd/60m) | Kenny Clarke (2nd/HJ & LJ)
Location: Bowdoin College | Brunswick, Maine
What They Said
Head Coach Jacky Mendes: “This was a great meet for us. We showed up to compete to the best of our ability and capitalize on the training we have been doing since coming back from break. This meet was a great confidence booster for many. We are very excited to be on track to have some standout performances at BU next weekend against highly competitive opponents.”
How It Happened
Clarke began the day with a second-place finish in the high jump, a regular event for him this season, with a height of 6-2. But he wasn’t done there. Clarke later made his collegiate debut in the long jump, and took second place in that event with a distance of 6.57 meters.
Sophomore Taylor Jean-Gilles (Woburn, Mass.) took second in the 60-meter dash, clocking in with a time of 7.05, which was just 0.04 behind the winner of the event.
Finally, fellow sensational sophomore John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) took fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.32 seconds, while classmate John Spencer (North Haven, Conn.) finished fourth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.83 seconds.
Finally, freshman Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.) set a new school record in the 1,000m race and placed fifth overall with a time of 2:37.34 seconds.
The Warriors will run twice next weekend, taking part in the Boston University Invitational on Friday before taking part in the Southern Maine Invitational on Saturday.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN