Men’s Track: Senior thrower becomes champ

Men’s Track: Senior thrower becomes champ

By Adam Riglian

A snowy weekend did not stop the Huskies from taking fifth place in the New England Championships at Boston University Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. The men’s team was led once again by senior Derek Anderson, who captured a championship in the shot put and a second place finish in the weight throw.

“I felt that the guys overall performed extremely well, some of our best times were at this meet,” coach Sherman Hart said. “We had a few more qualify for the [Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America], so we’re going into the right direction.”

Sophomore Jonathan Watkins recorded one of his best times (6.67) of the year in the 55-meter dash, but was knocked out in the semifinals. Junior Conrad Dalton took second in the 500-meter dash after finishing first in the qualifying round, while Tirella finished 11th in the 400-meter despite running his best time of the season, clocking in at 49.11.

“It’s funny because that’s the best I ran all year,” Tirella said. “But I was still upset that I didn’t make finals because that’s what I was going for. I’ll have time this year to get into the 48s.”

Junior Aaron Hill and Anderson have continued their strong performance in the pole vault, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively. Hill’s distance of 15- feet, 9-inches was the same as the second place finisher, but when distances are tied in pole vault, it is a judge’s decision as to what order they will finish.

The throwing team had a strong performance, combining for 25 of the team’s 37.5 points.

Anderson continued his strong season with another win, becoming New England champion for the shot put, and taking second in the weight throw.

Freshman shot putter Nate Hunter took sixth place in his first championship meet. Bamidele Faboyede and Ed Reardon added three more points combined, taking seventh and eighth in the weight throw.

Hart was impressed with his throwers’ performance, adding it will get even better in the spring.

“They’re going to be major players when we go outdoors, particularly when the hammer and discuss become events, because we excel in those areas. I’m really excited about going into outdoors.”

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