SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Highlighted by two first-place finishes and numerous personal-best performances, the Merrimack College men's track & field team posted a third-place finish in a field of 20 teams at the Yellow Jacket Invitational at American International College on Saturday.
Event: AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational
Team Finish: 3rd/20
Top Finishers: Harris (1st – 5000m), 4x100m (1st)
Location: American International College | Springfield, Mass.
How It Happened
- The Warriors third-place finish was headlined by the lone individual event winner of the day in senior captain Phil Harris (Plymouth, Mass.). Continuing an impressive senior campaign, Harris won the 5000m at AIC, posting a new school record in the process at a time of 15:08.20. It's the fourth-best time in the Northeast-10 Conference this season.
- Merrimack also saw a pair of individual runner-up finishes on the track from sophomore Jacob Robinson (Riverhead, N.Y.) and junior Connor Murphy (Paxton, Mass.). Robinson finished second in the 100m dash, qualifying for New England's with a personal-best time of 11.04. Murphy earned his in the 400m, also posting a personal-best time of 50.64.
- Sophomore Trevor Ciempa (Adams, Mass.) also garnered a second-place finish for the Warriors, registering his in the high jump. Ciempa posted a 1.90m jump in his runner-up performance, just shy of his NE10-leading 1.92m jump recorded last week.
- Freshman Kevin Russo (Wakefield, Mass.) added a fourth-place finish in the field for Merrimack with a 49.41m javelin throw. Fellow rookie Ryan Nesta (Milford, Mass.) also contributed to the Warriors third-place finish with a sixth-place finish in the 110m hurdles (16.30).
- Merrimack's second event victory of the day came by way of the 4x100m relay team. The squad featuring Robinson, classmates Michael Cuesta (South Portland, Maine) and Aidan Friend (Mansfield, Mass.) and graduate captain Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.) won the event at AIC with a time of 43.07. It's the second-fastest time in the conference this season.
The Warriors are back in action next weekend with meets at Connecticut College and New Hampshire.