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Another program-best finish for FPU


Monday, May 08, 2017

Senior Dage Minors was a part of his 16th and 17th career Northeast-10 Conference titles on Sunday, and his performance led the Franklin Pierce University men’s track and field team to a program-best second-place finish at the NE10 Championships, hosted by Stonehill College.

The Ravens, who finished fourth a year ago, chalked up points with 15 performances on Sunday to improve by two spots this spring. Southern Connecticut State (239 points) had opened up a gap on Saturday and ran away with the NE10 team title on Sunday, posting the victory by over 100 points. Franklin Pierce notched 114.5 points to place second and narrowly edge out third-place Stonehill (113 points).

Minors picked up an NE10 title as an individual in the 800 meters on Sunday. He stopped the clock at 1:52.22 to pick up 10 points for the Ravens.

Minors also ran the anchor leg on Franklin Pierce’s victorious 4x400-meter relay, which laid down a school-record time of 3:18.92 to pick up 10 points. The lineup was freshman Trevor Guay to junior Nicholas Jacques to junior Joshua Ercolini to Minors, and the time currently sits third in the East Region.

The 4x400-meter title was part of an impressive day for Jacques, who was a part of four different point-scoring performances and three school records for the Ravens. He also ran the anchor leg for the 4x100-meter relay, which also turned in a school record while finishing second to pick up eight points. A quartet of sophomore Jaris Neville, senior Cory Cataldo, freshman Gerald Leith and Jacques got the baton around the track in 42.07 seconds, which currently ranks third in the East Region.

Individually, Jacques also scored in a pair of sprint events. In the 200-meter dash, he turned in a school-record time of 21.93 seconds to finish fourth and earn five points. In the 100-meter dash, he placed fifth, with a time of 10.94 seconds, to tally four points.

The 200-meter dash was one of four events where Franklin Pierce had multiple athletes score points. Neville placed one spot behind Jacques in fifth (21.98) to add on four points. In the high jump, sophomore Robert Boardman cleared 1.88 meters to tie for fourth and notch 4.5 points In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Craig Telfer picked up six points by finishing third (15.18), while Cataldo collected five points for a fourth-place finish (15.38).

Meanwhile, in the decathlon, senior Alex Bonitto placed second (5961 points) for eight points.

For the women, freshman Catherine Purves scored in a pair of hurdles events, including her first career Northeast-10 Conference title on Sunday, as she led FPU to an eighth-place finish, out of 12 teams.

The Ravens had seven scoring performances on the meet’s second day, which ran their weekend total to 42 points and the eighth-place finish. Up front, Stonehill (169.5 points) took home the NE10 crown by scoring a 24.5-point victory over Southern Connecticut State (145 points), while Assumption (110 points) finished third.

Purves picked up her first-ever NE10 title in the 400-meter hurdles on Sunday. Her run of 1:00.78 picked up 10 points for Franklin Pierce. Her time in the 100-meter hurdles may have been even more impressive, as she posted a school record and the East Region’s second-best time while finishing second. The time of 14.09 seconds picked up eight more points, as Purves chalked up an impressive double for the weekend.

Purves also had a hand in knocking down another school record, in the 4x100-meter relay. A lineup of senior Breigh Souliere, Purves, senior Samantha Toscano and freshman Ariana Alvarado got the baton around the track in 48.87 seconds, which was good for fourth place and five points.

Souliere and Toscano each also scored as individuals on Sunday. Behind Purves in the 100-meter hurdles, Souliere placed seventh, with a run of 15.04 seconds, to pick up two points. In the triple jump, Toscano posted a hop, skip and jump totaling 11.00 meters to finish eighth and notch one point.

Two other individuals picked up points as well for the Ravens. In the discus, freshman Katey Comstock moved to seventh in the East Region with a throw of 38.31 meters, which was good for fifth place and four points. Meanwhile, in the heptathlon, senior Nicole Galewski placed fourth (4205 points) to collect five points.

The Ravens return to the track on May 12-13, when select members participate in the NEICAAA Championships, hosted by Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.