Men’s Track ‘ Field: NU places second at Indoor Games

Men’s Track ‘ Field: NU places second at Indoor Games

By Adam Riglian

The men’s track team made the last home meet of its indoor season count Friday, placing second behind the Connecticut Huskies at the Boston Indoor Games in the Reggie Lewis Center.

A 90.33-point performance from Northeastern put them ahead of regional competition like Boston College, Stonehill and University of New Hampshire. The meet also featured Olympic medalists and world champions.

“It was a good meet in many ways, bad in a few others,” said head coach Sherman Hart. “We ran good times but did not do some of the little things, the technical side of the sport, that we usually excel in. But the scoreboard did not reflect that, so we must have done a lot more good than bad.”

Injuries that have plagued the team for most of the season were not as much of a factor, but a few athletes were still among, as Hart described his team, the “walking wounded.”

Junior sprinter Jonathan Watkins was again held back with minor injuries, while junior hurdler Jack Sherman had an emergency appendectomy the day after the Indoor Games, which also kept him out of Friday’s action.

“We have to get healthy, they all know that,” Hart said. “I feel like we have been hit by everything under the sun so far.”

Two Huskies took home individual events at the meet. Senior Conrad Dalton won the 400-meter in 49.36 and sophomore Nate Hunter triumphed in the shot put with a throw of 55 feet, 7.5 inches.

Freshman Jonathan Hall ran one of his best races of the year, taking second place in the 500-meter with a 1:05.17, just .1 seconds shy of the leader. Other NU runners-up include sophomore Dan Anderson in the pole vault (15 feet) and junior Bamidele Faboyede in the weight throw (58-4).

Captain Christian Tirella took third place in the 400-meter with a 49.96 and anchored the second place 4×400 meter relay team.

While distance running has not been a staple of this or previous NU teams, a surprise performance from junior Tom Brown put the long-running group on the map. Brown took sixth place in the 1,000-meter with a 2:29.57, scoring three points for the team.

“We always knew Tom Brown was good; he finally figured out that he was good,” Hart said. “He has the kind of speed in practice that makes your mouth water, now he has finally translated that at a meet.”

Brown’s timing is good, given the Northeastern schedule over the next few weeks. From here the men go to the Harvard Select Meet Saturday to compete against the Crimson and UConn. Then they square off with Boston University at the BU Multi-Team Meet Monday.

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