Boston, MA – On Saturday, January 26, the men's track and field team competed in the second and final day of the Boston University Terrier Invitational. The meet was highlighted by two school records, two NCAA provisional marks and five personal bests as the Panthers posted competitive marks among some of the top schools in the region across all three NCAA divisions.
The distance duo of senior Andrew Coelho
and sophomore James Panetta
continued on the fast track in their respective events, breaking school records and earning NCAA provisional marks. Coelho placed 21st overall in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:18.99; a personal best by nearly 20 seconds which was good enough for 21st overall. The mark breaks Assistant Coach Adam Clark
's school record of 8:30.33 set back in 2011. It also ranks as the 12th fastest in Division II and fourth fastest in the Northeast-10 Conference.
Panetta also had a breakout performance in the 5k. The Merrick, N.Y. native chopped 28 seconds off of his previous best time to turn in a mark of 14:33.01, which breaks the school record previously set by Coelho back in 2011. The time earned him a seventh place finish and is fast enough for an NCAA provisional mark and ranks sixth best in the country and fourth best in the conference. Freshman Matthew Moody
also had a solid outing in the 3,000m run, turning in a time of 8:48.35.
Junior transfer, Ryan Healy
turned in another stellar performance with a time of 1:54.04 over 800m. He took 16th place in a field of 143 total competitors, was the second fastest division II finisher in the meet, is the second best time in the conference, and was just .04 away from an NCAA qualifying mark.
Christopher Reilly, Frank DiStefano
and Gregory Bader
also took to the track in the 800m run. Reilly and Bader set season bests with marks of 1:59.21 and 2:01.68 while DiStefano set a personal best by nearly six seconds, breaking the tape in 2:00.49.
In the 1000m run, freshman William Marois
turned in a respectable 2:30.36 in just his first attempt at the distance. He becomes the sixth fastest runner in the NE-10 and just .24 seconds behind Healy. Freshman Jacob Moore
set a two second personal best in just his second try at the 1k, breaking the tape in 2:40.61.
In the mile, three Panthers represented the Brown and Gold well with Connor Dolan
leading Moore and Bader in the event. Dolan clocked in his first sub 4:20 performance of his career with a time of 4:17.30 which is seventh fastest in the conference and just 3.3 seconds away from a provisional mark. Moore followed up with an effort of 4:29.15 while Bader rounded out the contingent in 4:33.95.
The Panthers return to action on Friday, February 1 when they head back to the Armory in New York City to compete in the first of a two day meet at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
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