SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Merrimack College men's track & field team continued its impressive start to the outdoor season at Bryant University on Sunday, seeing records fall and posting some top performances in a strong outing at the Black and Gold Invitational this weekend.
Event: Bryant Black and Gold Invitational
Top Finishers: Ciempa (2nd – HJ) | Cuesta (2nd – LJ)
Location: Bryant University | Smithfield, R.I.
What They Said
Head coach Jacky Mendes, "Another strong performance by the Warriors. We took advantage of some great weather and earned some strong performances, particularly by freshmen such as Russo, Fogarty and Reid and the veterans Skotnicki, Barnett, Steinbrecher and Ciempa. The Warriors are working harder than ever and are making huge improvements at such an early point in the season."
How It Happened
- The Warriors' day was highlighted by a pair of runner-up finishes in jumping events from a pair of sophomores at Bryant on Sunday. Trevor Ciempa (Adams, Mass.) registered a second-place finish in the high jump with a 1.87m jump. Michael Cuesta (South Portland, Maine) added the other runner-up finish in the long jump with a 6.46m jump. Cuesta also posted a 12th-place finish in the 200m with a personal-best time of 22.86.
- Merrimack found success in the high jump event, as freshman Patrick Whyte (Bloonmfield, Conn.) and senior captain Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with 1.82m jumps. Ciempa, Whyte and Livingston would also be joined by rookie Ryan Nesta (Milford, Mass.) to finish fifth in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:28.34.
- Junior Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.) added some success for the Warriors on the track, posting a seventh-place finish in the 1500m with the third-best time in program history at 4:02.68, qualifying him for the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Senior John Spencer (North Haven, Conn.) added an eighth-place finish on the track in the 110m hurdles, posting a time of 15.92.
- Rookies Kevin Russo (Wakefield, Mass.) and Jake Fogarty (Methuen, Mass.) registered a pair of strong finishes in the javelin throw for Merrimack. Fogarty finished seventh in the event with a 54.70m throw, ranking second in school history only behind Russo's throw in the same event. Russo recorded a school record with a 59.06m throw, earning a fourth-place finish. It's an NCAA provisionally qualifying throw and qualifies Russo for the USA Junior Outdoor Championship in Sacramento in June, while both rookies qualified for NE10's and New England's.
The Warriors will compete at American International on Saturday in the Yellow Jacket Invitational.