<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> 2014 New England's

NEICAAA New England's

At BU, February 28th - March 1st, 2014

Team Score - 27th with 6 points

Full Results

400 Matt Melton 47.91 3
3000 Dan Crowley 8:35.79 12
Mile Romey Sklar 4:15.69 16
3000 Jeff Seelaus 8:40.99 20
800 Brent Harrison 1:55.64 23
500 Alex Durkee 1:08.71 25
800 Nick Codola 1:56.66 27
3000 Greg Turissini 8:53.10 27
DMR Fajnzylber 3:10.2 10:20.13 13
Sandel 51.2
Lebovitz 1:58.5
Connors 4:20.1

 

 

Meet Recap:

Performers of the Meet - Kevin Connors, Matt Melton

Another weekend, and another trip to Boston - this time back to Boston University for 2 days of competition at the NEICAAA New England Championship featuring DI,II and III Teams and obviously some great competition. In addition to the competition the guys would face on the line, they would also deal with prolonged delays in starting times due to a timing malfunction on Friday and then the cold / flu that has been wreaking havoc as of late, but despite both nuances, the guys showed some great mettle and posted solid results. Matt Melton won his section of the 400 qualifying rounds with a 48.40 - and would be the last section to get off before the delays came so got a bit lucky, but there was no luck needed in his race as he took control from the gun and never looked back as he went through the 200 in 22.9, 300 in 34.9 and stayed strong through the finish to advance to Saturday's final. In the final, he started out in lane 6 and was a bit behind at the break despite coming through in 22.6 but started to move up as he came through the 300 in 34.4 and moved into 3rd and then ran up on to the 2nd place runner, losing his momentum as he stopped then went wide and despite the little hiccup, still was able to storm back and finish in 47.91 for 3rd, a huge PR and for the 2nd time this year - took the top spot in the country's 400 rankings. Back to Friday, Alex Durkee was a victim of the delay as the 500 was the next event to go and standing around in spikes for 50 minutes is not usually the best way to get ready to race but he raced solidly going through the 400 in 52.9 en route to a 1:08 finish. Brent Harrison and Nick Codola went at it in the 800, as Brent would get through the mid-way split in 57.2 and come back to finish in 1:55 while Nick's heat was a little bit quicker, as he opened up in 56.5 before coming home in a new PR of 1:56.66. The last event of the day was the DMR that saw Jess Fajnzylber take the baton for the opening leg, and running a strong 3:10 for the 1200 leg and handing off to Jamie Sandel who blasted his 400 leg in a smooth 51.2 maintaining good contact with the pack. Lucas Lebovitz, still nursing a strained calf bumped to the 800 leg from the 1200 at the last minute, and through 600 was on fire as he was through in about 1:25 but struggled with the bad wheel in the last 100 but still got the baton around in 1:58.5 and Kevin Connors lowered the boom on his 1600 leg as he opened up in 63.1 and then over the next 400 had worked himself into the chase pack, and after taking a quick breath and hitting that 800 in 2:11.5 he went by the group and came home strong with a negative split, as his final 400 of 62.8 helped him close the race in a 4:20.1 anchor leg as the team finished 13th in a 10:20. On Saturday, Romey got things started in the mile, and after putting himself in great position over the opening lap, started to slide back from there and the effects of being sick impacted the performance but he was able to fight through to run a new PR of 4:15 for the mile despite not being 100%. Jeff Seelaus was up next in the unseeded 3000, and after an opening mile of 4:37 he dug down to finish in 8:40.99 - hoping to dip under the 8:40 barrier but while falling a little short, was able to get under his PR. In the seeded section of the 3k, Greg Turissini and Dan Crowley lined up along with 15 others and was an interesting tale of two races as Greg looked great through the opening laps as he led comfortably through the first 5-6 laps but then struggled through the end while Dan - battling a cold all week and looking in the warm-ups like this could be a day to tip the cap to the race and call it a day, he fought tooth and nail throughout and went through the mile in 4:31 and was able to put together a nice finish, running 8:35- a new PR by a little bit and a 12th place finish. Back to Boston a couple of times this week, as the DMR will head to Tufts on Thursday evening to take a crack at qualifying for NCAA's at the Tufts last Chance meet and then we will head to Boston again on Friday and Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track for ECAC's.