PORTLAND, Me. – The Worcester State University men's indoor track & field team earned its first-ever Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) indoor title at the MASCAC/Alliance Championships, hosted by the University of Southern Maine, on Saturday.
"These guys were hungry for the title and we brought it," commented Worcester State's head coach Al Halper. "The win was a total team effort."
Worcester State saw seven MASCAC individual titles, and two Alliance (MASCAC and Little East Conference combination) individual titles at the meet, as well as two school records and many personal records throughout the day.
"We scored in all event areas," said Halper. "Not only did we get the performances expected from our top athletes, but we had a number of guys who just stepped up today with their best performances of the season."
Worcester State's throwers, Sam Weeks (Methuen, Mass.) and Marcus Vieira (Peabody, Mass.) were named the MASCAC and Alliance champions in the shot put and weight throw events, respectively. Weeks threw for a distance of 15.83m in the weight throw, while Vieira marked a top-throw and a school record in the weight throw at 17.93m. Worcester State's Eddy Acuna (Newton, Mass.) and Jacob Roumanos (Whitman, Mass.) claimed 2nd and 3rd (MASCAC) places in the shot put, while Worcester's Weeks and Anthony Christo (Peabody, Mass.) took 2nd and 3rd (MASCAC) places in the weight throw.
Jalil Gibson (Lynn, Mass.) was named the MASCAC 55 Meter Dash champion as he completed the event in 6.56 (3rd Place Alliance). Teammate Jared Barros (Taunton, Mass.) followed with second place in the MASCAC (4th Alliance) as he marked a time of 6.64. Not only did Barros strive in the 55 Meter Dash, but he also claimed a MASCAC title in the 200 Meter Dash in a time of 23.11 (5th Place Alliance).
Edward Boamah (Worcester, Mass.) slid in at third place in the MASCAC in the 400 Meter Dash in a time of 52.55, while he landed in 9th place in the Alliance. Angel Martinez (Lawrence, Mass.) took the 8th MASCAC spot in the same event as he recorded a time of 54.62.
Senior Marc George (Framingham, Mass.) claimed the top spot in the MASCAC in the 600 Meters as he finished in a time of 1:22.46 (3rd Place Alliance), breaking the Worcester State school record. The Lancers' Marques Johnson (W. Hartford, Conn.) and Christian Cedullo (Salem, Mass.) also placed in the MASCAC as they came in 6th and 7th places, respectively.
Jeffrey Davis (Old Lyme, Conn.) stepped it up in the 800 Meter Run and marked a time of 2:02.26 to claim 2nd place in the MASCAC, and 5th place in the Alliance. Mitchell Cupp (N. Attleboro, Mass.) and David Caron (Lowell, Mass.) came in 6th and 7th in the MASCAC, respectively. Joseph Grider (Hopedale, Mass.) marked a 4th place MASCAC finish, and a 5th place Alliance finish in the 1000 Meter Run (2:40.01). Devin Luce (Milford, Mass.) came in 2nd in the MASCAC, and 4th in the Alliance in the mile run (4:29.93). Michael Ricci (Peabody, Mass.) ran the 3000 Meter in a time of 9:20.42 – good for 6th place in the MASCAC.
Scott Page (Baldwinville, Mass.) was named the MASCAC pole vault champion (4.10m) and also took 6th place in the MASAC in the 55 Meter Hurdles (9.01). Brett Robinson (Westborough, Mass.) took second place in the MASCAC (5th Alliance) in the pole vault at 3.70m.
Worcester State's Markiesh Harmon (Leominster, Mass.) and CJ Hernandez (Lynn, Mass.) came in 4th and 5th places, respectively, in the MASCAC high jump event. Harmon jumped for a height of 1.93 (good for 5th in the Alliance), while Hernandez jumped for 1.83m. Boamah and Harmon each leaped for 6.39m in the long jump – good for 2nd and 3rd places in the MASCAC (6th and 7th in the Alliance). Tyler Nims (Ashburnham, Mass.) came in 5th in the MASCAC in the same event.
The Lancers' relay team of Boamah, Johnson, Kabareh, and George won the MASCAC 4x400 Meter Relay in a time of 3:27.54 (3rd Place Alliance). Worcester State's 4x200 and 4x800 Meter Relays came in second in the conference.
"As a coach you can only prepare your guys to perform at their best," stated Halper. "The athletes have to be the ones who go out and get the job done. I am grateful to have a team that worked hard for the win. It is a great group of guys."
Next week (Feb. 17-18), the men's indoor track & field team will take a group athletes who qualified to the NCAA Division III New England meet, hosted by Tufts.