NEICAAA New England's

At Boston University, February 27-28th

Team Score - 10th with 27 Points

Full Results


Event Name
5000 Mohamed Hussein
3000 Greg Turissini
5000 Raymond Meijer
Mile Kevin Connors
1000 Lucas Lebovitz
3000 Craig Nelson
Mile Romey Sklar
500 Jamie Sandel
500 Nick Codola
800 Chris Butko
Mile Jeff Seelaus
DMR 3:00.7 Sklar
49.8 Ingraham
1:51.3 Harrison
4:06.7 Turissini
4x400 50.3 Sandel
50.9 Norton
50.8 Codola
51.2 Ingraham 
4x800 1:56.9 Sklar
1:57.1 Fajnzylber
1:56.3 Connors
1:54.4 Harrison




Meet Recap:

Performers of the Meet - things were so good, would have to say it was everyone who competed!

The boys headed back to Boston for the 2nd meet of the Championship portion, this being the NEICAAA Championships and competing against schools from across all Divisions in the region on BU's track. To say that the guys kicked some serious butt would be an understatement, as the guys did a fantastic job of competing well across both days of the two day meet. While results were fantastic, and the guys did some incredible things, the talk starts with the Distance medley Relay consisting of Romey, Sklar, David Ingraham, Brent Harrison and Greg Turissini who not only won a thrilling race BUT did so in a new NCAA DIII Record time - eclipsing the old mark held by an Amherst College quartet from 2011 - of 9:48.61!! Romey got things started as he took the pace out in his opening 1200 leg, coming through the first 600 in 131 and kept it going with another 60 second quarter through the 1k mark in 2:31.1 and charged home hard to hand off in 3rd place with a 3:00.7 split. David took the 2 lapper, and closed up a bit on the 2nd place team with his 49.7 split and then Brent threw down the 800 run that he has been working hard on, as he blitzed the first 400 in 53 seconds, and moved ahead of 2nd place quickly and set his sights on the leader and at the hand-off, he and Stonehill's runner handed off at the exact same time - with Brent coming through his split in a 1:51.3. 'reg got on the shoulder of the Stonehill anchor and together they flew through the early laps, hitting the 400 in 58.5 and the 800 split in 2:00.6. After hitting the 1200 in a 3:04.3, and sensing it was time to move, Greg stepped into the lead and continued to push the pace and was able to hold off a hard charging Northeastern anchor leg to grab the win and subsequently the New Record of 9:48.61 with his 4:06.7 anchor leg. Perhaps as an extra bit of motivation, and certainly some great inspiration, moments before they stepped on the line for the DMR, the guys got to watch Mohamed Hussein and Raymond Meijer have an awesome 5000. The pair went through the opening mile in 4:39 and were in a line that was strung out a little bit back around 7-8th or so. Over the next Mile, Mo moved up through the ranks and was in about 4th, hitting the 2 Mile mark in 9:20 while Raymond was running in 10th, coming through the deuce in 9:27. With 3 laps to go, Mo took the lead and tried to push the pace as he got a little daylight on the field except for the Colby runner who came back hard in the last lap to grab the win but Mo would finish 2nd with a huge PR of 14:29.11 - the 2nd fastest time ever run by an Amherst runner - while Raymond cranked the last lap to dip under 15:00 for the first time, running 14:59.38 and grabbing 9th. Nick Codola and Jamie Sandel got the Friday portion of the meet started by competing in the trials of the 500 where Nick ran 1:07.15 while Jamie was in the final section, and after coming through in 51.2 seconds, came home in 1:06.39. Chris Butko - despite not having run all week due to illness, battled gamely in the 800, running a 1:57.52 and in the next event, Lucas Lebovitz ran his best time of the season for the 1000, as he came through the first 800 in 2:02 and kicked home in 2:33.31 to grab 3rd in his section.

The times and performances from Friday night certainly provided a lot of excitement for the guys competing on Saturday, and the great weekend of competing hard was in full effect from the very start of the day in the mile. Kevin Connors and Jeff Seelaus competed in the first section of the mile, and an opening 800 of 2:07.5 for Kevin and 2:08.9 for *eff put them on pace for good races, and shortly after that, KConn took the lead and continued to push the pace and was rewarded with a big PR of 4:14.07 while *eff came through in a PR of 4:18.76. The next section saw Romey competing, and despite some heavy legs from the night before and not the best execution of placement throughout the race, he was able to finish strong after getting out of traffic and finished in a mile PR of 4:14.11. Craig Nelson, coming off a big race last weekend in the 5k, dropped down to the 3000 to try to post a big mark there, and he certainly delivered. After coming through the mile in 4:34 (near PR from a year ago) he never slowed down, as he finished 5th in his section, running an 8:36.45 or the equivalent of about a 9:10 2 Mile. There was a break in action for us until later int eh afternoon, when Greg came back for the seeded section of the 3000, and as the pace dawdled in the early stages - in comparison to what guys had run 9a few of the guys had already run other races) - as no one really wanted to lead or push the pace, and they went through the mile in 4:35 and the 2k in 5:45 before the pace dropped quickly, and Greg surged to the lead and pushed hard, ultimately finishing in 2nd in an 8:23 - running his last 1000 in 2:38. The 4x800 was up next, and competing in the unseeded section, the guys knew they would need to race for the win and hope the time would hold up for scoring. Romey took the first leg, and despite his 3rd race in less then 24 hours, came through with a 1:56.9 carry to hand off right amongst the leaders, and put Jesse Fajnzylber in a great spot to do some chasing and boy did he deliver as he opened up in a 55.6 in chasing after the leader and finished strong running a 1:57.1 leg (best split ever), giving KConn to race for the lead, which he delivered in with his 1:56 carry and sent Brent off with the lead, and he made it clear that he was not going to get caught, as he ran a 1:54 carry to finish with the win in a 7:44.92 and they held on for 8th overall. The 4x400 was the final event for us, and Jamie led things off with a super lead-off leg, nearly getting under 50 seconds with his strong 2nd lap, and Duncan - who has quickly gotten into shape and should be in great position for outdoors, ran a 50. leg and came through with a strong finish passing a couple of guys near the end that ultimately caused a bit of confusion at the hand-off but got it to Nick, who also came through with a strong leg in the 50 range with David finishing things off and helping the team to a 3:23 carry. With the 27 points we scored, the guys finished 10th overall in the championships and will look to carry that momentum forward to ECAC's this Friday and Saturday at the Armory in NYC.