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Roundup: Two Terriers break own records at Valentine Invitational

Boston University sophomore runner Rich Peters topped his own school record for fastest mile on Saturday during the Valentine Invitational at the BU Track and Tennis Center.

Peters, who is from Bristol, England, set a new bar for best mile with his time of 3:57.83 while coming from behind to win the mile race in the meet. He held the previous record of 3:58.26 for the school, which he set at last year’s Valentine Invitational.

Senior Tewado Latty also had a good day on the track, finishing eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.37, and 14th in the 200-meter dash – just over a tenth of a second faster than BU junior Duran Ward.

For the BU women, senior Shelby Walton had a similarly successful day to Peters, as she broke her own record in the 60-meter dash. With a time of 7.53 seconds, she eclipsed her previous record of 7.58 seconds, which she set last year at the Terrier Invitational. The Danbury, Conn. native finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.28 seconds.

Also experiencing solid days on the track were freshman Tessa Runels and junior Allison Barwise, who both finished third in their respective events. Runels leaped 5.36 meters in the long jump, while Barwise jumped 1.78 meters in the high jump.

BU track has little time to rest after this meet though, as it will be hosting the America East Championship – a two-day event, which starts Feb. 17.

Wrestling

It was a busy weekend for the BU wrestling team, as it split its back-to-back meets against Ivy League opponents Brown University and Harvard University on Friday and Saturday. BU fell to Brown in its first meet 19-16, before it defended the Charles Cup over Harvard by a final score of 21-17.

Brown (6-9) took advantage of a quick start, winning the first four matches of the meet and never losing the lead. BU (13-6, 1-4 Colonial Athletic Association) didn’t get a win until the 157-pound matchup when sophomore Nick Tourville defeated Brown’s Zack Kulczycki 10-5.

Freshman Mitchell Wightman followed up Tourville’s win with a major decision for BU, but losses in the next two weight classes put the Terriers’ hopes of winning to rest.

BU topped Harvard (5-6) on Saturday though, when it gained the lead early thanks to a win from freshman Bubba McGinley in the 125-pound weight class. The Terriers had a 14-7 lead after the first seven matches, but a pin and a major decision for the Crimson quickly changed the momentum and gave Harvard the advantage.

Senior tri-captain John Hall needed a bonus win to give the Terriers the lead again, and he got it with a major decision over Bryan Panzano. Sophomore heavyweight Kevin Innis sealed the win for the Terriers with his 7-1 decision over David Ng to give the Terriers the 21-17 win.

Wightman, Hall and Innis were the only three Terriers to win matches in both meets over the weekend, with Innis’ second win coming via forfeit. Hall has not lost a match all season, and is ranked at No. 14 in the country for his 197-pound weight class.

BU will wrap up its dual season with a match against Rider University on Feb. 19 at Case Gymnasium.

Tennis

The BU women’s tennis team has not lost more than two matchups in a meet this season. The team continued that streak on Sunday, when it took down the University of Maryland-Baltimore County 6-1 at the Track and Tennis center.

BU (4-0) jumped out to an early lead when its top-four singles players won their matches convincingly, as none of them lost a set.

The most impressive Terrier win of the day came from freshman Sami Lieb, who did not surrender a game in her victory at the No. 6 slot.

Doubles was not a problem for the Terriers either, as UMBC (3-4) only won a single game in each the first and third doubles matches.

The BU men’s team did not have the same success as the women did. I t dropped a 5-2 decision to UMBC.

Despite junior Josh Friedman and sophomore Jesse Frieder taking the first two singles matches, the Terriers (0-5) didn’t have the depth to hold off the Retrievers (3-1), who won the next four singles and all three doubles matches.

The men’s team will host Bryant University on Feb. 19, while the women’s team will travel across the Charles River to face No. 60 Harvard University on Feb. 24.

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