Smith Leads Blue Devils, Sanderson Breaks Record at Boston Indoor Games
Senior Sean Smith won the 400 meters and placed third in the 200 meters to lead the Central Connecticut men's indoor track and field team to a seventh place finish at the Boston Indoor Games on Friday evening. Smith set season best time's in both events, recording an indoor personal best of 22.55 seconds in the 200 and a 49.33 second mark in the 400.
The Blue Devils finished with 54 team points overall to finish in a tie for seventh with Williams. Northeastern won the meet with 118 points, while UMass was a distant second totaling 83.5 points. CCSU had eight different athletes score points as well as both relays.
Junior Ry Sanderson broke the CCSU school record in the
5,000 meters for indoor track, with a time of 14:58.56 to place
sixth. He broke the previous record of 15:02.31 set by Matt
Kalinski in 2002.
Junior R.J. Simeone and freshman Dan Watson were one second apart in the 800 meters, to place third and seventh, respectively. Simeone recorded a time of 1:56.24, while Watson crossed the line in 1:57.62. Simeone was also a member of the Blue Devil 4x400 meter relay team that placed fourth. He was joined by Smith, Dionis White and Shawn Buchanan to record a time of 3:24.89. White also scored points in the 400 meters, placing eighth with a time of 51.50.
The CCSU distance medley team of Matthew Whalen, Tom Hylan, Watson and Robert Weston took home fifth place, crossing the line in 10:49.55. Whalen also ran to a second place finish in the 1,000 meters, timing in at 2:32.44.
Clinton DePaolo and Matt Berube were also scorers for the Blue Devils. DePaolo, a senior, placed fifth in the 55 meter hurdles, recording times of 8.17 and 8.20 on the day. Berube, a freshman, recorded a distance of 13.7 meters to place fourth in the triple jump.
The Central Connecticut men's track and field team will next be
competing at the University of Maine on Saturday February 7.