Sports, Track and Field

Track and field athletes post marks among best in America East

Several members of the Boston University track and field team lead all competitors in their respective events within America East.

Senior R.J. Page holds the top spots in the conference in both the 100m dash (10.54 seconds) and the 200m dash (21.07 seconds).

Classmate Tewado Latty is right behind Page in the 200m dash, ranking second in the conference with a time of 21.45 seconds.

Latty also sits atop the conference in the 400m dash, with a time of 47.16 seconds.

Graduate student Zachary Ray owns the tops spots in the 110m hurdles (14.01 seconds) and 400m hurdles (51.16 seconds). Junior Stephen Vitale ranks behind Ray in the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.91 seconds.

Perennial national powerhouse, junior Rich Peters, easily holds the top spot in the 1,500m run, with a time of 3:43.26.

Freshman Reuben Horace ranks first in the hammer throw, with a mark of 57.54m.

On the women’s side, junior Sarah Dillard’s mark of 39.63m in the discus is the best in America East.

“That’s what you look for, that’s what you want, to be able to see the fruits of their labor … to make it worthwhile,” said Director of Track and Field Robyne Johnson. “It really speaks to their dedication to the sport, and everybody keeps getting a little better.”


Latty excels as a runner and leader

In addition to being a crucial element of the team in terms of talent, Latty is an essential leader, Johnson said.

“He’s a very consistent, hard worker, he’s very dedicated to the team,” Johnson said. “He brings a lot of leadership to our team.”

Latty, one of the team’s captains, is a two-time America East champion in the 400m dash.

He advanced to the NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals in the same event last season, and was a member of the 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams that broke school records in 2012.

This season, Latty ranks 20th in the NCAA East Region, and Johnson said she thinks he can push himself to run even faster times.

“We’re very happy to have him, and I expect some big things from him,” she said. “I’m hoping he can qualify for the national championships this year … He’s doing really well, and we’re just looking forward to seeing what can happen here towards the end of his NCAA career.

“He’s got a big future and I’d like to see him accomplish some of those goals for us here, and I think he’s headed down the right path.”


Arsenault’s improvement

Senior Sam Arsenault, after battling injury his first two seasons, is starting to come into his own, Johnson said.

Arsenault, a Newtonville native and former high school state champion in the long jump, boasts a personal best of 6.86m in the event in outdoors. Last season, he placed third at the America East Championships in the event with a mark of 6.72m.

“Last year was really kind of a comeback year,” Johnson said. “This year, he’s really starting to show some of his potential and some of the success he had in high school.”

This past weekend at the George Davis Invitational in Lowell, Arsenault placed third in both the 110m hurdles and the long jump. His time of 15.86 seconds in the hurdles was a personal best. Earlier in the season, he placed second in the long jump in at the Snowflake Classic in Medford, where he earned his personal best.

“He still really is progressing, and he’s doing a good job,” Johnson said. “He’s competing ­­— he’s hanging in there. He’s stayed injury-free, knock on wood. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do when he’s in top shape and ready to compete at a higher level.”

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