UMass Boston Indoor Track & Field Set To Open Season On Saturday

UMass Boston Indoor Track & Field Set To Open Season On Saturday

UMass Boston Indoor Open All-Time Meet Records   

UMass Boston Indoor Open Men's Event Champions (2012-2017)

UMass Boston Indoor Open Women's Event Champions (2012-2017) 

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston Indoor Track & Field is set to open their season on Saturday, December 1, when they host the 7thAnnual UMass Boston Indoor Open. The meet will be located at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

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Meet Schedule: The meet will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with the men's weight throw, men's long jump and the men's 5000M run. 

On the track, the 5000M will be followed by the 60M and 60M hurdles preliminaries and then the finals of both events. After the two finals, the second half of the day will include the 1 mile, 400M, 500M, 800M, 1000M, 200M and 3000M. The 4x400M relay will be the last event of the day on the track. 

In terms of field events, the men's weight throw will be followed by the women's weight throw and then the men's shot put in the throwing cage. The men's long jump will open the day in the jumping area at 9:30, to be followed by the women's long and the men's and women's triple jump. The women's shot put kicks off at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the men's and women's high jump. Finally, the men's pole vault will begin at 10 a.m., with the women's pole vault to follow. 

Meet the Beacons: This year's Beacons team features 39 faces, including 21 men's student-athletes and 18 women's competitors. 

The women's team, which won both the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships last year, features 11 returning athletes. 

Junior Olivia Burnes (Paxton, Mass.) is the only returning athlete who competed at Nationals last season. She was part of the Beacons 4x100M and 4x400M teams at Outdoor Nationals that finished in third and eight places. 

Burnes will be one of the Beacons top returning sprinters, alongside Ashley Hernandez (Miami, Fla.) and Gesheca Boswell (Kingston, Jamaica). Senior Lauren Olton (Stoneham, Mass.) and sophomore Katie Olson (Marshfield, Mass.) will compete in both hurdles and the sprinting events. 

The women's team will feature a strong contingent of middle and long-distance runners this season. Junior Patriciah Mulinge (Brockton, Mass.) will lead a group of cross country runners that are aiming to transfer their success onto the track. 

In the field events, Annie Appolon (Everett, Mass.), Paulina Vo (Braintree, Mass.), Olton and Burnes are some of the Beacons top returning field athletes. 

On the men's side, UMass Boston welcomes back 13 returning competitors. 

Seniors Logan Mitchell (Franklin, Mass.), Adrian Higgins (Milton, Mass.) and Serge Aime (Holbrook, Mass.) will look to lead a promising group of sprinters for the men's team. 

UMass Boston has a large contigent of middle distance and long-distance runners, with Jimmy Cannon (Quincy, Mass.), William Barrett (Everett, Mass.), Cam Chase (Lutz, Fla.) and Prosper Lubega (Watertown, Mass.) all returning after strong seasons last year. 

The Beacons will look to Julian Collins (Asheville, N.C.), Xavier Hill (Hyde Park, Mass.), Chris Fleurima (Port-au-Prince, Haiti), Mitchell and Lubega to be their leaders in the field events. Collins is the team's lone returning thrower, while Hill, Mitchell, Fleurima and Lubega all put up big numbers last season in the jumping events.