Last Saturday, men’s track sent a handful of runners to the All-New England Championship meet to improve its national rankings as the season winds down. This meet hosted the best of the best teams from New England across all divisions. The men got to race on Boston University’s banked track for the third time this season, and were hoping to get help from one of the fastest indoor tracks in the country to chase down some personal records and school records. Williams placed 22nd out of the 37 teams present with a score of nine points. Southern Connecticut State dominated the meet with 118 points for first.
Katakyie Ofori-Atta ’16 broke his own school record for the second time this season in the 60 meter final, finishing second with a personal best time of 6.913 seconds. He slipped under his previous record of 6.92 seconds set at the Dartmouth Relays earlier this season and very nearly won the race. However, after reviewing video of the finish, officials gave the 60 meter title to Jimm Guerrier of Southern Connecticut State.
Andrew Beaudoin ’15 continued his consistent progression throughout the season by placing 15th overall in the 800 meter. His time of 1:53.88 was a personal best. Kyle Kristinger ’16 placed 11th in the 1000 meter with a
time of 2:31.16.
In the mile, Todd Ford ’16 placed eighth overall. His time of 4:10.28 was less than half of a second off his personal best and school record time of 4:09.80 that he set on Feb. 7 at the Boston University Valentine’s Invitational.
This week, runners will compete for a chance to qualify for NCAA Div. III Nationals. In particular, the highly anticipated distance medley relay team will compete at Tufts’ Last Chance meet on Thursday. “We are continuing to look towards national qualifiers as this upcoming [Thursday] our distance medley relay will be seeking a qualifying time,” co-captain Jared Nowell ’15 said.
“After rigorous winter season training, our middle distance guys raced very well at [Boston University] as they continue to hit [personal records] in their indoor events and in preparation of chasing a national qualifying time Thursday at Tufts,” Assistant Coach Pete Farwell ’73 said. “Beaudoin, Kistinger and Ford all got out near the front of their heats and held solid pace throughout,”