March 3, 2012
BOSTON – Sophomores Joseph Stuart, Connor O’Neill, Jack Hennessy and Kellen MacDonald broke the 20-year old Boston College men’s track and field 4x400-meter relay at the IC4A Championship on Saturday at Boston University. The quartet, who became the first Eagles contingent to score in the event at the ACC Championship last weekend, took more than two seconds off their time to post a 3:15.40 clip and eclipse the previous record time of 3:16.67 set by Williams ’93, Neves ’93, Harris ’93 and Fletcher ’94 in 1992. (Watch the race here)
Stuart led off in 49.4, handing off to O’Neill for a personal best clip of 49.25, before Hennessy and MacDonald blazed the track with 48.2 and 48.3 legs, respectively. The mark also beat the converted mile relay time of 3:15.77 – 3:16.92 conversion to full mile – established at the 1985 Greater Boston Championship by Davis ’88, Hawkins ’87, Drakes ’85 and Coffey.
MacDonald also submitted his name to the BC 500-meter dash list. Running out of heat six, the Falmouth, Maine native was clocked at 1:03.64, third fastest in school history. Only Mark Domaracki (1:03.54) and Jeff Normant (1:03.55) have run quicker times. The mark proved to be the 11th best at the meet and failed to move MacDonald into the finals by just three-thousandths of a second.
Junior Jack Linehan qualified for the finals of the 1,000-meter run. The Crested Butte, Colo. product took third in the section three with a 2:27.89. Linehan carried the ninth fastest qualifying time into the field of 10 separated by 3.12 seconds. The final will be contested on Sunday, March 4 at 1:35 p.m.
Third-year Louis Serafini
was BC’s lone IC4A qualifier for the 3,000-meter contest. Fresh off a 20-second PR at ACCs, the Niskayuna, N.Y. native delivered an 8:29.89 in heat two, taking eighth.
Freshman Collin Fedor took 13th in the field of 30 taking part in the mile. Contesting in the heat one, the Wheaton, Ill. native grabbed third place with a 4:11.68, a five-second personal record, but did not advance to the finals.
The Eagles final IC4A qualifier came in the distance medley relay. Junior Nahed Lakkis (1200m), senior Brian Smith (400m), freshman Pat Daly (800m) and sophomore Anthony Belliti (mile) paired up to run a 10:06.84 in the second section.