By Meghan Carroll & Adam Hallenbeck – 1851 Staff & Sports Editor
Lasell men’s track and field has been having a spectacular season, filled with outstand- ing performances, specifically the breaking of three school records at Greater Boston Invitational at Harvard University on Jan. 19.
The team has broken multiple school records as early as the first track meet held in December at Emmanuel College.
Records were set by sophomore Nick Gird in the 60-meter dash and first-year Andrew Froio for shot put. Two of the three school record breakers, Ben Abely and Froio, just completed their first season with the team as first-years.
Weeks after setting the school record in the 300-meter, Abely said, “I was very excited and it is very cool to hold the record now. I want to place well in the GNAC Championship and try and maybe get another record in the 200-meter. If not this year, then definitely next year.”
Abley finished with a time of 23.37 in the 200m dash, tying the school record and good for third place at the GNAC Championships.
Junior Jordan Robertson, who also broke a school record in the 60-meter high hurdles, has been getting mentally and physically prepared for the GNAC championship.
“I’ve been practicing with my hurdle coach because he wants to make sure I can hit the times I need to hit so then come meet time I can get the place I’m currently ranked right now or do better than that,” said Robertson. He finished runner up in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.87 at the championships.
After being asked if he has high hopes for the future of the track and field program he said, “being that two freshmen did break the school records, I do want the track program to step up a lot more. Hopefully, if the streak continues, the rest of the team will see it and the rest of the team will start breaking records. Come outdoors, I hope we will be competing better than the GNACs because right now it’s kinda tough, having only a couple spots that could be in the top three.”
The team wrapped up their indoor season at the GNAC championships on February 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Boston University, where the breakout star Froio placed second in the final meet for shot put. “I came in ranked second, so I was definitely hoping to get in second, but once the meet started…I felt pretty comfortable after my third throw,” said Froio.
Froio looks to continue his success at the 2020 USATF New England Indoor Track & Field championships at Harvard as the rest of the team prepares for the DIII New England Indoor Championships in Springfield, MA.