Hamm Wins Steeplechase, MT&F Collects 18 All-New England Honors
May 13, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Jordan Hamm won the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 13 members of the Boston College men's track and field team earned 18 All-New England honors at the regional conference's outdoor championship contested on MIT's Henry G. Steinbrenner Track. BC took fifth place with 49 team points.
Hamm claimed the steeplechase in 9:05.90, just 39-hundredths shy of his personal record. The junior earned BC's first crown since senior Matthew Adetula won the triple jump in 2010. Sophomore Anthony Bellitti joined his teammate on the All-New England squad with a seventh place finish - the top eight were distinguished all-conference. Bellitti paced section one to claim a victory in 9:24.77.
Defending 4x800-meter relay champions Nahed Lakkis and Louis Serafini were joined by rookies Collin Fedor and Tim Ferris in their quest to repeat. The underclassman handled the front legs of title run, before handing off the baton to the seasoned vets. Serafini, competing in his third event of the day, made the final exchange with Lakkis, who anchored the squad to a 7:43.02, 63-hundredths of a second shy of bringing home the title for second straight year. The meet record (7:36.52) that Lakkis, Serafini, Jack Linehan and Ian Thomas set at the 124-year old meet last season remained in tack.
Brian Smith, Connor O'Neill, Kellen MacDonald and Jack Hennessy were entered as the Boston College 4x400-meter relay that took third. The Eagles contingent passed the baton in 3:14.71, their fastest of the outdoor campaign and sixth swiftest in BC history.
Serafini reached the podium as an individual in the 5,000-meter run, earning the first of his two All-New England accolades with a bronze and personal record time of 14:39.19. Richard Lucas (15:10.71), Akash Chougule (15.11.47) and James Glover (15:13.89) also competed in the five-kilometer track race.
MacDonald took third in the 400-meter hurdles, running at 53.39. The sophomore lowered his PR to 54.22 the day before running the seventh fastest time in BC history in the finals.
Fedor locked in the first of two conference accolades with a fifth place finish in the 1,500-meter sprint. The freshman led the Eagles, running 3:55.20 out of section two, followed by Linehan in 3:56.76, Serafini in 3:57.05 and Joseph McConaughy in 4:00.50.
Hennessy posted a 48.82 to take fifth place in the 400-meter finals. The sophomore advanced behind a 49.54 out of heat two a day earlier.
Freshman Jon Vaughn was clocked at 10.94 in the 100-meter dash. Vaughn ran the fifth fastest qualifier (10.877) before taking seventh in the final and Kellen Foley registered an 11.61 in Friday's preliminaries.
Jack Shannon earned All-New England honors in the 10,000. The senior led the Eagles with an eighth place finish in a personal record of 32:01.20. James Newhouse (32:49.50) also set a personal record and Greg Malloy (33:52.81) rounded out the Eagles' 10K trio.
Before their relay, Lakkis and Ferris had run the individual 800-meter. Lakkis ran a personal best time of 1:53.91 to take third in section one and Ferris took sixth in the heat at 1:55.37.
The Eagles took 11th in both jumping events they contested. Graduate Jon Bogosian cleared 1.95 meters (6-4.75 ft.) on his final attempt and Adetula was measured at 6.57 meters (21-6.75 ft.) in his second long jump attempt.