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BOSTON, Mass. – Behind a slew of personal-best performances, the Merrimack College men’s track & field team took eighth place in the Northeast-10 Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

The Basics
Northeast-10 Conference Indoor Championships
Location: Reggie Lewis Center | Boston, Mass.

What They Said
Head coach Jacky Mendes: “Overall it was an awesome day to be a warrior. I’m very proud of the accomplishments this team has made this season. The amount of personal records achieved today speaks to their hard work and dedication to the track, field and weight room. This NE-10 Championship was extremely competitive and Merrimack definitely rose to the occasion. I am very excited for the New England Championship next weekend.”

How It Happened
Junior Taylor Jean-Gilles (Woburn, Mass.) led the Warriors with a pair of top-5 finishes in the sprint events. He finished third in the 60 meters with a time of 7.03 seconds and then the junior also finished fifth in the 200 meters, clocking in at 22.34 seconds.

Senior Joseph Caruso (Peabody, Mass.) ran a personal best in the 500 meters (1:09.8), which is also second on the Merrimack all-time record board. In the same event, Alec Deveau ran a personal-best time of 1:10.76, which is third all-time at Merrimack. Sophomore Cameron Ricci also ran a personal best, and now owns fourth best on the Merrimack record board in the same event, running a 1:10.84

Freshman Christian Gentile (Melrose, Mass.) ran a personal-best time of 2:01.87 in the 800 meters, now ranking fourth all-time at Merrimack.

A Merrimack record fell in the 1000 meters when freshman Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.) ran a time of 2:35.9. Senior Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) set a Merrimack record in the mile, stopping the clock at 4:20.28, finishing sixth overall in the event.

Junior Evan Vadenais (Millville, Mass.) moved up on the Merrimack all-time list in the 5000 meters, running a time of 15:34.28.

Finally, sophomore John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) continued his spectacular season in the 60 hurdles, finishing seventh overall with a personal-best time of 8.69 seconds.

Braga also finished fourth in the high jump, hitting a mark of 1.94 meters. Freshman phenom Kenny Clarke (Oakland, N.J.), who has been named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week for five weeks straight, hit the same mark, finishing third overall.

Braga also finished fourth in the long jump, making a leap of 6.94 meters. In the triple jump, Clarke placed ninth overall with a mark of 13.19 meters.

Up Next
Merrimack will return to Boston University next Saturday to take part in the New England Championships. It will be the final indoor competition of the season before the team moves to the outdoor season beginning in late March.

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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