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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Eight student-athletes from the Merrimack College men's track & field team saw their endeavors from the outdoor season in a program-most 11 events recognized in the form of selections to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-East Region Team, which were announced Tuesday.
The top-five individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions' top-three relay teams. A total of 671 men from 144 different institutions made up the 913 men's All-Region honors. On the women's side, 621 women from 147 institutions made up the 925 women's All-Region honors.
Sophomore Trevor Ciempa (Adams, Mass.) was honored in the high jump after posting the region's top distance in that event at 1.98 meters (6-foot-6). He did so as part of a second-place finish at the 2017 Northeast-10 Conference Championships, earning runner-up honors and second team all-conference status in the process. The sophomore was also honored during the indoor season in the same event. He won two events during the course of the outdoor season and also boasted three runner-up finishes and six top-five placements.
Sophomore Michael Cuesta (South Portland, Maine) earned all-region honors in both the 4x100-meter relay and the triple jump, on which he was a member of the region's second-best performances in both events. Cuesta's all-region-clinching triple jump performance came in the first event of the outdoor season when he leapt a school-record 14.48 meters (47'6.25") at the UNC Charlotte 49er Classic. His relay time – also ranked second in the region – was accomplished in 42.02 seconds at the Stonehill Skyhawk Invitational. He placed third in both events at NE10s, as well as seventh and fifth, respectively, at the New England Championships last weekend. Cuesta was honored in the long jump and triple jump during the indoor season.
Sophomore Aidan Friend (Mansfield, Mass.) was also part of that 4x100-meter relay performance with Cuesta and earned his first career all-region honor in the process. That mark was a new school record in that event.
Sophomore Juwan Hall (Waterbury, Conn.) was one of the Warriors' top sprinters throughout the indoor and outdoor season and his NE10 runner-up finish in the 100-meter dash at the league championships was good for an all-region nod. His wind-aided time of 10.75 seconds stands as the third-fastest in the region throughout the season and was a new school record. Hall was an all-region selection in the 60-meter dash during the indoor season, as well.
Senior Phil Harris (Plymouth, Mass.) represented arguably the Warriors' most decorated distance runner in the outdoor campaign, and his school-record 10K time at the Larry Ellis Invitational in April still stands as the second-fastest in the region at 31:20.07. Harris was an all-region honoree in the 5K back in the indoor season.
Graduate student Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.) was the only Warrior to win a league title at the NE10 Championships two weekends ago, doing so in the long jump. But the first team all-conference performer's all-region-clinching distance in that event came at the UNC Charlotte 49er Classic, when he leapt a distance of 6.91 meters (22"8') to earn an all-region accolade with the second-best distance in that event. Livingston was also part of the aforementioned school-record 4x100-meter relay team.
Sophomore Jacob Robinson (Riverhead, N.Y.) was another one of Merrimack's speed threats throughout the spring, and, after earning all-region honors in the 200-meter and 400-meter during the indoor season, finished the year with the fifth-fastest 200-meter time (21.81 seconds) to add two more all-region events to his resume. That school-record time also was run at UNC Charlotte in March; he was the fourth member of the aforementioned 4x100-meter relay team, as well.
Finally, junior Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.) was the owner of the fourth-fastest Steeplechase time in the region and earned his first all-region accolade thanks to that performance. Steinbrecher ran a school-record time of 9:20.69 in the Steeplechase at UNC Charlotte to earn his status as one of the region's elite. He also placed fourth in the event at the NE10 Championships.