WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - In one of Newbury's final competitions of the season, the Nighthawks men's and women's track & field teams showed everything they had, breaking a collection of program records competing at the Division III New England Regional Championships.
Nighthawks sophomore Taymise Sanders (Malden, Mass.) earned a pair of top-five finishes in her two events, the 100- and 200-meter dashes. In the 200-meter final, Sanders took third place in the Championship with a program record time of 25.15 seconds. Sanders added a fifth-place finish in the 100-meters with a time of 12.33 seconds.
Newbury's other individual performer, sophomore Desiree Snead (South Easton, Mass.) competed in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 13th place with a time of 15.62 seconds.
The Nighthawks men and women also competed in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays at the Championships over the weekend.
The Nighthawk women demolished previous program records in both relays, breaking the 4x100 program record by 1.7 seconds and the 4x400 program record by 2.8 seconds.
In the 4x100 relay, the quartet of Snead, freshman Meechie Manuel (Mobile, Ala.), sophomore Mary Jok (Lynn, Mass.) and Sanders finished 20th with a time of 51.74 seconds. In the 4x400 relay, Sanders, Snead, Jok, and freshman Shakira Henriquez (Haverhill, Mass.) earned 18th place with a time of 4:17.13 seconds.
The Nighthawks men broke their 4x400 relay program record by 5.9 seconds on Saturday. Unfortunately for Newbury, the Nighthawks 4x100 meter relay team was disqualified for a zone violation.
In the 4x400 relay, the foursome of sophomore David Jean (Malden, Mass.), junior Malik Francis (Kingston, N.Y.), senior Jarrod Smith (Watertown, N.Y.), and junior Andrew Kalombo (Worcester, Mass.) finished in 18th place with a blazing time of 3:33.94 seconds.
The Nighthawks season continues next week at the NEICAAA Championships, hosted by Southern Connecticut State University.