Members of the Boston University track and field team will travel to New York on Friday and Saturday to compete at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
The meet will bring in some of the nation’s most talented collegiate athletes from more than 100 universities. Plenty of BU athletes will be in the mix, said BU assistant director of track and field Bruce Lehane.
“For some of [the BU participants], they’re going to be among the best there,” Lehane said. “They’re ready to go.”
One of these top Terrier athletes will be senior R.J. Page, who broke his own school record in the 200m dash last weekend, placing fourth overall with a time of 21.25 seconds. He will compete in the same event this weekend. Page will also participate in the 60m dash, in which he placed fourth (6.91 seconds) at the Terrier Invitational.
“He’ll be one of the strongest guys down there,” Lehane said of Page, who also earned America East Track Performer of the Week honors for his record-breaking act. “The track down there may not be as quick as our track, but the competition will be a level of competition that will help him.”
Two top performers from last week, graduate student Zachary Ray and freshman Reuben Horace, will also travel to the meet. Horace set a new conference standard in the weight throw last weekend, winning with a throw of 18.77m and earning America East Field Performer of the Week honors. Ray won the 60m hurdles (7.98 seconds) and placed second in the long jump (7.16m), in addition to anchoring the second-place 4x400m relay team. Both will participate in the same events this weekend.
Senior Sam Arsenault will compete alongside Ray in the long jump and 60m hurdles after placing seventh in the long jump last weekend with a mark of 6.71m.
Senior Tewado Latty will compete in arguably his strongest event, the 400m, for the first time this season. Last season, Latty won the event at the America East Indoor Championships with a time of 47.27 seconds. At the Terrier Invitational, Latty competed in the 200m dash and led off in the 4x400m.
“[Latty] looked really promising [last weekend],” Lehane said. “He ran a 21.40 in the 200, and led off the relay in a 46.9. Those are two great marks, and we expect him to run very well down there. He’ll have to, because the competition’s going to be real high.”
Freshman David Lageberg will also travel to compete in the 400m dash, while junior Steve Vitale will run the 500m dash. Sophomore Michael Maloof will join Horace in the weight throw.
On the women’s side, freshman Sophie Jacsurak and senior Nikko Brady will look to continue their strong performances in the 60m hurdles. In this event last weekend, they placed fourth (8.73 seconds) and fifth (8.74 seconds), respectively. Brady also placed second in the long jump, recording a jump of 5.61m.
Lehane said that he is confident in Jacsurak and Brady, but cautioned that the increased level of competition will require that they bring their best efforts.
“They’re going to have to bring their A-game and run really well,” Lehane said. “It’ll be a very stimulating environment.”
Sophomore Gemma Acheampong will compete in the 60m dash and 200m dash after placing eighth in the 60m with a time of 7.87 last weekend. Junior Janet Mellor will also compete in the 200m. Sophomore Amber Muhammed will run the 400m dash, while senior Julia Mirochnick and freshman Jade Paul will compete in the 500m dash.
In the field events, sophomore Tessa Runels will participate in the long jump and triple jump after placing ninth (5.25m) and 11th (11.21m) in each event respectively last weekend.
While the competition level is increased, Lehane says he thinks the challenge will be good for the Terriers.
“Sometimes it’s good to get out of your own comfort zone and your own backyard,” Lehane said.