BROOKLINE, Mass. - For the first time in program history, the Newbury men's and women's indoor track and field teams will be represented at the New England Division III Indoor Championships. Starting Friday morning, the women's program heads for Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine to compete over two days while the men's program heads for MIT in Cambridge, Mass on Saturday.
The women will compete in five events, including two relays, while the men will compete in one relay. Sophomores Taymise Sanders (Malden, Mass.) and Desiree Snead (South Easton, Mass.) headline the competitors for the Nighthawks.
Sanders has a pair of events to compete in over the weekend. She will compete in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes. Sanders qualified via an 8.08 time in the 60-meters at the Plymouth State Panthers Invite. She holds a qualifying time in the 200-meters of 26.41, which is 10th-best in Division III New England this season.
Snead will compete in the 60-meter hurdles for the Nighthawks. Her best qualifying time of 9.71 came at the Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational.
The women will also compete in the 4x200 meter relay and 4x400 meter relay. Snead and Sanders will join sophomore Mary Jok (Lynn, Mass.) and freshman Twalesha Montague (Hartford, Conn.) for the pair of relays.
The quartet will tackle the 4x200 meter relay on Friday and the remaining four events on Saturday. Their best time in the 4x200 this season came at the Plymouth State Winter Classic, finishing the event in 1:55.10. Their best 4x400 time is a program record 4:26.26.
As for the men's program and their Saturday at MIT in the 4x400 relay, the competitors include senior Jarrod Smith (Watertown, N.Y.), juniors Malik Francis (Kingston, R.I.) and Andrew Kalombo (Worcester, Mass.), and sophomore David Jean (Malden, Mass.). Freshman Brent Myers (Bismark, N.D.) will join the team as an alternate.
The Plymouth State Panther Invitational was the site of the top time among the foursome. Smith, Francis, Kalombo, and Jean finished the 4x400 meter relay in a program-record 3:39.88.