BOSTON, Mass. – In the team’s final tuneup before the Northeast-10 Championships next weekend, the Merrimack College men’s track & field team took part in the Boston University and MIT invitationals this past weekend.
Event: Boston University Invitational & MIT Invitational
Location: Boston University/MIT Indoor Track | Boston, Mass./Cambridge, Mass.
How It Happened
At BU on Saturday, junior Taylor Jean-Gilles (Woburn, Mass.) led the Warriors, clocking a time of 21.89 seconds in the 200 meters, which was 19th overall out of 202 runners, a new school record and also just .04 seconds of the NCAA provisional standard mark. Jean-Gillies also finished 22nd (out of 114) in the 60 meters, crossing the line in 7.09 seconds.
Continuing his stellar rookie season, which has seen him take Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week honors the past four weeks, freshman Kenny Clarke (Oakland, N.J.) finished 18th in the high jump, hitting a mark of 1.90 meters.
Senior distance runner Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) set a new Merrimack record in the mile with a time of 4:25.98 and freshman Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.)finished 4:30.83 in the mile, setting a personal record and also putting him third on the Merrimack all-time list in that event.
At MIT, Tommy Drover (Peabody, Mass.) placed fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 53.77 seconds, which is an NE-10 qualifier for next week. Christian Gentile (Melrose, Mass.) also qualified for the NE-10 Championships with a time of 2:06.58 in the 800 meters, which was eighth overall. Freshman Matt Mudgett (Lancaster, Mass.) hit a mark of 11.81 meters in the shot put, which was 10th overall and also a personal best.
The Warriors will travel to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston next week for the Northeast-10 Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday afternoon.