2016 NEICAAA New England's

At Boston University Feb 26-27th

Team results - 21st place with 12 points

Full Results

Mohamed Hussein
Kevin  Connors
Chris Butko
Steven Lucey
Tucker Meijer
Jacob Silverman
Justin Barry
Seelaus 3:04.5
Harrison 49.5
Sogaard 1:52.8
Connors 4:10.6
Fajnzylber 1:56.3
Espinoza 1:55.4
Sogaard 1:55.1
Harrison 1:55.0



Meet Recap:

Performers of the Weekend - Mohamed Hussein & Chris Butko

As the indoor season begins to wind down, every weekend becomes a little more important than the previous one. This past Friday and Saturday a small crew of guys headed to Boston to go up against some stiff regional competition and chase after fast times at the Open New England Championship. Kicking off our Friday afternoon would be Tucker Meijer and Justin Barry in the unseeded section of the 5,000m. Despite the uncertainty earlier in the week of getting into the race due to not hitting the auto qualifying, Tucker and Justin would get out confidently and sit at the front half of the field in the early stages. The duo would come through the first mile in 4:47 and hit right around 9:45 for two miles. As the race progressed into the later stages, Tucker hung tough at the front half of the race to eventually come home in a nice new PR of 15:27.08. Justin did his best to hang on in the last mile and finished in 15:51.7. Once the 5ks wrapped up, we turned our attention to Chris Butko in the 800m. Though he had been battling a few illnesses this winter, Butko has made a strong comeback in the past few weeks and was poised for a big race. Getting underway in what would be one of the faster heats of the day, Butko opened things up in 28.9 and hit the quarter in 57.4. At the bell, Butko came through at 1:25.7 and unleashed a key move with 150m to go. Running a near perfectly even split race, Chris crossed the line in 1:53.7 to finish 14th overall. More impressively, Butko’s performance on Friday was also 3 + second improvement on his previous personal best of 1:56.9. Jacob Silverman would partake in the 1,000 at the conclusion of 800 and run 2:37.9 for 26th place overall.

Next up on the track for Amherst was Mohamed Hussein in the seeded section of the 5,000m. It was a bit slow going at the start, though Mo was confident as he took control of the race shortly after the mile and never looked back. Keeping things honest all alone out front, Mo took a well-earned win in a time of 14:33.9. Inspired by Mo’s performance, the DMR quartet of: Jeff Seelaus, Brent Harrison, Kristian Sogaard, and Kevin Connors, took to the track to end the day on a high note. Jeff got things off smoothly with a respectable 3:04.5 lead off leg and handed off to Brent in the top three. Brent ran an excellent 400m leg to split 49.5 and gave the baton to Kristian in second place. Kristian would fulfill his duties well and split 1:52.8 to give Kevin the baton in first place by a few meters. Getting down to business right away, Kevin would only be joined by the anchor leg from Stonehill. Doing all of the heavy lifting at the front, Kevin found himself in a tight battle at the bell. He would do his best to counter the strong move from the Stonehill anchor, but would eventually have to settle for a respectable 8th place overall with a split of 4:10.6 and final time of 9:57.54. The solid time moves them up on the NCAA list but will most likely need to find a few seconds of improvement when they run again on Friday at Tufts.

After a well-deserved night of rest, we returned to the track on Saturday morning for some action in the Mile and 4x800 relay. Picking up right where he had left of the previous day, Kevin Connors competed very well in the unseeded section of the mile to put up a new personal best of 4:13.97 and take 12th overall. Later in the morning, Steven Lucey would run 4:17.20 to finish 19th overall. Wrapping up a strong weekend of action, our 4x800 squad of: Jesse Fajnzylber, Vernon Espinoza, Kristian Sogaard, and Brent Harrison toed the line in the competitive seeded section. Giving us an excellent first leg, Jesse split 1:56.3 to hand off the baton to Vernon in the top five. Holding steady over the second leg, Vernon would do a fine job and split 1:55.4. Doing his best to catch up to competing squads, Kristian split a 1:55.0 and handed off to Brent still in the top five. In a crowded anchor leg battle, Brent handled himself well to split a strong 1:55.0 to give us a final time of 7:41.89 and 8th place overall. After a tough outing at the D3 Championship, the guys bounced back extremely well this past weekend at Open New Englands and have set themselves up nicely for the homestretch. Looking to go fast and punch a few tickets to NCAAs, the guys will be back in action this Friday night at Tufts for a competitive Last Chance meet!