Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pictures from the First-Annual Jay Carisella Track & Field Invitational

The first-annual Jay Carisella Track & Field Invitational was a rousing success at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury as the men’s team picked up 16 top-10 finishes, including senior captain Nate Hunter returning to his old habits by claiming the shot put title with an NCAA provisional-qualifying toss of 18.19m.

Saturday’s event was rededicated to Jay Carisella, a talented Northeastern’s track & field star whose life was cut short by tragedy. On Saturday, the Northeastern athletics department honored Carisella by renaming the Husky Winter Carnival the Jay Carisella Track & Field Invitational.

Hunter’s captain counterpart, classmate Jonathan Hall picked up a second-place showing in the 500-meter dash with a mark of 1:04.90.

The distance team set the precedent for this winter with senior Brian Kennedy’s time of 4:20.95 in the mile while sophomore Daniel Grant captured ninth with a clip of 4:27.11. Kennedy was pegged second for his run.

Senior Ryan Miling continued the distance team’s success with a second-place run of 1:58.18 in the 800-meter while second-year harrier Sebastian Putzeys was awarded second, as well, in the 1,000-meter for his tempo of 2:34.10. Classmate Teddy Vrountas went the distance in the 5,000-meter challenge for 10th place in 15:20.36.

Turning to the field, senior Adrian Li got off on the right foot with second and eighth-place performances in the long jump and high jump, in respectively. Li cleared 6.98m in the long jump and 1.93 in the high jump. Newcomer Tejorn Davis finished directly behind Li in ninth with a leap of 1.88m for ninth. Davis was also tabbed ninth in the long jump with his spring of 6.45m. Junior Brendan Bergson hopped 6.61m for eighth in the long jump.

Fourth-year vaulter Jordan Thull soared over 4.71m for second place while junior Brian Daly claimed sixth with a spring of 4.26m. Rookie Rafael Rodriguez vaulted 4.11m for eighth place.

Joining Hunter in the field was junior Alex Iannetta’s sixth-place pitch of 15.48m in the weight throw.

The women’s team picked up 24 top-10 finishes. Northeastern won four events including: a 55-meter dash victory by senior Cosandria Walker in 7.26, a winning heave of 17.57m by junior Althea Charles in the weight throw, a 5K triumph by senior Brittany Moriarty in 17:39.72 and an 800-meter win by rookie Eryn Wheeler in 2:19.06.

Sophomore Saleena Abdur-Rashad claimed fifth in the 200-meter dash by bolting for 26.34. Abdur-Rashad also took second in the 55-meter hurdles while senior Katie Sherman dashed for fourth in 8.44.

The Huskies performed well in the distance game as sophomore Christina Izzicupo crossed the 500-meter dash line in 1:12.15 for seventh while junior Annie Scully was awarded sixth in the mile run after turning in a time of 5:19.24.

Along with Wheeler’s victory, classmate Laura Coyne finished in seventh in 2:25.28 in the 800-meter while junior Christina Gallagher crossed in 2:25.28 for eighth.

In the 1,000-meter race, junior Seri Gordon emerged from the Huskies pack with a third-place showing of 3:01.32 while classmate Courtney Mortimer finished closely behind in 3:04.98 in sixth.

Junior Kristen Martin and sophomore Jess Barton recorded fourth and fifth-place finishes with respective times of 10:15.66 and 10:15.75. Following in Moriarty’s footsteps in the 5,000-meter run, sophomore Meegan Joly was clocked in 19:30.93 for ninth.

In the field, Sherman and sophomore Regan Cleminson cleared 1.57m and 1.52m, in that order, for seventh and 10th place. Walker made the top three again in the long jump with a leap of 5.48m.

Newcomer Jillena Decateret made the podium in third place with a mark of 3.35m in the pole vault. Senior Kristen Hafford cleared 3.20m for fourth while classmate Rachel Cassata finished in eighth with a mark of 2.90m.

Along with her weight throw victory, Charles claimed fifth in the shot put with a lob of 12.09m. Rookie Julie Westover joined Charles in the weight throw with a  top-10 toss of 14.27m for seventh place.

The Huskies compete locally next weekend at the Harvard Open starting on Dec. 12.



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