EASTON, Mass. – Eight student-athletes finished with all-conference honors as the Merrimack College men's track & field team posted a fifth-place team finish to close out the 2017 Northeast-10 Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Stonehill.
Event: 2017 NE10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Host/Location: Stonehill College | Easton, Mass.
Team Rank: 5th/11
- 100m Dash: Sophomore Juwan Hall (Waterbury, Conn.) came within a tenth of a second of winning his first conference title and earned all-conference second team recognition with his runner-up finish and time of 10.85 seconds.
- 200m Dash: Sophomore Jacob Robinson (Riverhead, N.Y.), who also advanced to the 100-meter dash finals and placed sixth, was an all-conference second team honoree after earning a runner-up finish in the 200m. Robinson ran the event in 21.84 seconds. Robinson, the 2016 champion in the 200m, has placed no worse than third in the event in his career at the league indoor and outdoor championship meet.
- 110m Hurdles: Sophomore John Spencer (North Haven, Conn.) earned a spot in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles and improved by three spots with a fifth-place finish, running it in a time of 15.67 seconds.
- 3000m Steeplechase: Junior Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.) picked up a fourth-place finish in the Steeplechase, finishing in 9:36.53.
- 4x100m Relay: Sophomores Aidan Friend (Mansfield, Mass.), Robinson and Michael Cuesta (South Portland, Maine) and senior Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.) were just shy of all-conference status in the 4x100-meter relay; the quartet ran to a third-place finish to garner valuable points in the standings and were just nine hundredths of a second back of the second-place relay team.
- 4x400m Relay: Senior Cameron Ricci (Warwick, R.I.), junior Connor Murphy (Paxton, Mass.) and sophomores Tyler Lebel (Saco, Maine) and Robinson were named all-conference second team honorees after placing second in the 4x400-meter relay. Finishing in 3:21.00 even, the four were just over two seconds back of winning the race.
- High Jump: Sophomore Trevor Ciempa (Adams, Mass.) nearly won the high jump, posting a leap of 6.5 feet (1.98m) to finish as an all-conference second team pick.
- Triple Jump: Cuesta was a half-inch short of all-conference status in the triple jump; the sophomore placed third with a jump of 14.39 meters.
- Decathlon: Freshman Ryan Nesta (Milford, Mass.) placed seventh in the marquee event, winning the 110-meter hurdles portion of the event in 16.04 seconds while earning top-three finishes in the 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash and high jump.
Notes and Notables
- Merrimack saw eight student-athletes earn all-conference status, with Livingston being the lone first team selection after his win in the long jump on Saturday. The eight picks are the most in a single league championship meet in program history.
- The Warriors also placed fifth out of 11 teams, tying the team's best-ever finish at an outdoor championship (2016).
Merrimack will next run at the 2017 New England Outdoor Championships next Friday and Saturday (May 12-13), sending those individuals who qualified to Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to run against the best student-athletes from the region in Divisions I, II and III.