Five School Records Highlight Strong Showing for Track & Field

Five School Records Highlight Strong Showing for Track & Field

MEDFORD, Mass. - An unprecedented five school records were broken on Saturday as the Regis (Mass.) men's and women's track and field teams competed at the Stampede Invitational hosted by Tufts University.

Both the men's and women's weight throw school records fell on the day, as Daniel LaFlamme (Watertown, Conn.) and ChiChi Akanegbu (North Easton, Mass.) each broke their own marks. LaFlamme's throw of 14.33 meters bested his school record throw from two weeks ago, when he had a throw of 14.06 at the Reggie Poyau Invitational. LaFlamme also qualified for the DIII New England Championships with the throw. Akanegbu smashed her own record with a throw of 14.14 meters, beating her mark of 13.39 from December 2 at the UMass Boston Invitational.

In other throwing results, junior Elliana Boebel (Bedford, Mass.) threw a personal best in the weight throw with a throw of 11.78 meters. In the shotput, senior Kate Cowden (Wilmington, Mass.) and Akanegbu placed fifth and seventh, respectively. On the men's side, junior Frank Pelleteri (Freeport, Maine) set a personal best of his own with a throw of 13.09 meters in the shot put.

On the track, junior Fatima St. Hilaire (Danvers, Mass.) broke a school record for the second time in three week, this time in 60 meter dash with a time of 8.05, to win the preliminaries and qualify for the DIII New England Championships. Due to an injury, however, St. Hilaire was unable to compete in the finals. Teammate Bernice Boateng (Danielson, Conn.) placed sixth overall in the 60 meter dash with a time of 8.21, and also competed in the 400 and 200 meter dash, earning personal best time of 1:07.92 in the 400.

Sophomore Jovan Sematimba (Burlington, Mass.) added his name to the record books for the third time on Saturday, beating Matt Norton's school record from last season in the 1,000 meter with a run of 2:45.85. Teammate JJ Pedersen (Milford, Conn.) finished close behind with a time of 2:48.35. Junior Kyle Gillen-Hughes (Reading, Mass.; 4:47.74) and freshman Sean Toomey (Salem, N.H.; 4:53.28) both set personal bests in the mile run on the day as well.

The fifth school record on the day was set by the men's 4x800 meter relay team, consisting of Sematimba, Toomey, Pedersen, and Gillen-Hughes, who ran a time of 8:57.37. 

Other highlights from the track included Abby Flaherty (Millbury, Mass.) ran a time of 1:03.46 in the 400 meter dash. Cassandra Froio (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Abbie Cooke (Abington, Mass.) put up personal bests in the event. Freshman Nyah Webb (Boston, Mass.) ran a personal best time of 29.84 in the 200 meter dash, while Fred Mathieu (Miami, Fla.) ran 23.97 in the 200 meter dash on the men's side.

The Pride returns to the track next Saturday at the Wesleyan Invitational in Middletown, Conn.