Fitchburg State Shines on Home Track
FITCHBURG -- The Fitchburg State University men’s and women’s track teams were impressive on Saturday as the Falcons hosted the Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational at Elliot Field.
The FSU men placed fourth with 63 points, while the women were 14th as a team with six points.
Sophomore Christian McWhinnie-Armstead led the way for the FSU men, taking top honors in the high jump with an Open New England qualifying mark of 2.07 meters, while junior Zachary Buckland collected MASCAC qualifying marks in the javelin (48.72 meters), long jump (6.02) and pole vault (2.60) after placing seventh, 10th and seventh, respectively.
In the 1,500 meters, senior Joseph Darrigo (4:18.23) and sophomore Timothy Sheehy (4:28.72) finished third and ninth, respectively, to qualify for MASCACs, while, in the 100 meters, sophomore Asante Monteiro and junior Zachary Joseph placed third and ninth, respectively, with postseason qualifying times of 11.44 and 11.69 seconds.
Sheehy posted a postseason qualifying time of 2:09.62 with an eighth-place effort in the 800 meters, while senior Austin Landress (1:01.16) and Darrigo (1:04.66) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 400-meter hurdles to qualify for MASCACs.
In the field, freshman Brandon McNeil posted a MASCAC qualifying mark of 6.05 meters in the long jump with a ninth-place effort, while junior Wilkerson Pierre finished fifth in the triple jump with a postseason qualifying jump of 12.58 meters.
In the pole vault, freshman Cody Soderlund placed sixth with a postseason qualifying vault of 3.20 meters, while senior Brendan Courtney netted a pair of MASCAC qualifying marks in the shot put (12.72 meters) and hammer throw (39.05) to round out the top men’s performances for Fitchburg State.
Junior Brianna Young paced the Fitchburg State women with a 12th-place, MASCAC qualifying toss of 36.13 meters in the hammer throw to set a new personal record, while adding a postseason qualifying throw of 10.49 meters in the shot put, placing seventh.
In the 100 meters, freshman Chloe Guzman (13.76 seconds) and sophomore Paige Anderson (14.31) placed fifth and 13th, respectively, to qualify for MASCACs, while Guzman added a 13th-place effort in the 200 meters with a postseason qualifying time of 29.322 seconds.
Senior Phedelia Boakye turned in a solid time of 1:12.34 in the 400 meters to qualify for the postseason, while freshman Regan Kelly notched a MASCAC qualifying time of 2:52.64 in the 800 meters.
In the field, freshman Breanna Lizotte (26.03 meters) and senior Kelly Mccusker-Brown (21.72) qualified for MASCACs in the javelin, while junior Heisha Santos-Flores registered a postseason qualifying toss of 28.81 meters in the hammer throw.
In the discus, sophomore Abigail Castelo posted a postseason qualifying mark of 25.32 meters, while Anderson placed 12th in the long jump with a MASCAC qualifying mark of 4.59 meters.
In the triple jump, Anderson (9.56 meters) and senior Jennifer Desilvestre (8.86) finished 12th and 13th, respectively, to qualify for MASCACs to close out the top efforts for the Falcons on the afternoon.
The Falcons will return to action on Saturday as they complete at Connecticut College in a meet starting at 10 a.m.