River Hawks closes David Hemery’s Valentine’s Day invitation on a high note
BOSTON-Wrapping up two days of competition at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University, UMass Lowell’s men’s athletics program picked up where fellow River Hawks left off with another string of record-breaking performances. .
“We had two school records dropped today,” the head coach said. Gary Gardner.
Paving the Way for UMass Lowell, Graduate Student Noah Bellomo (Hudson, NH) took fifth place in the men’s 1,000 meters. His final time of 2:22.05 set a new program record, beating the previous mark of 2:24.37 set in 2014 by Omar Abdi. Bellomo’s new UMass Lowell record also marked a career high for the veteran distance runner, who shaved more than two seconds off his record.
“Noah set the school record in the 1,000 meters with his time,” commented Gardner. “He’s worked so hard over the past few years, and it all fell into place today.”
Graduate students Christopher Alfond (Ashby, MA) and Derek Holmes (Marshfield, Mass.) joined schoolmate and distance competitor Bellomo with new career milestones in the men’s 3,000 meters. With finishing times of 7:55.54 and 7:55.90, respectively, Alfond and Holmes both surpassed the previous program record of 7:58.00 set in 2019 by Paul Hogan.
“Chris and Derek both ran under by Paul Hogan academic record. Every time you do that, it’s an exceptional effort,” Gardner said.
Leaving his teammate by fractions of a second, Alfond’s time earned him a spot at the top of the River Hawks record books and shredded his last mark of 8:08.61.
“I’m so happy Chris set a school record. He’s been the backbone of our program,” Gardner said.
In addition to two new program records, several River Hawks broke personal bests at the BU Track & Tennis Center. In the Men’s Open 60 Meter Hurdles, Year Two Nicholas Woolsey (Pepperell, Mass.) surpassed his fastest career mark in the event to clock a new record of 8.88 and place 12th overall.
Graduate student Cody Moran (Weymouth, Mass.) cut his fastest time in the men’s 1,000 meters by one second, crossing in 2:26.37 to rank 10th overall.
Represent the River Hawks in the field, junior Evans Oduro (Kumasi, Ghana) continued their impressive indoor campaign with a second-place finish in the long jump with a jump of 6.85m (22’5.75″). Maxwell Davis (Stoneham, Mass.) closed the weekend clearing a new career high of 4.40m (14’5.25″) to finish 11th in the pole vault.
The River Hawks travel north next Saturday, February 19, to face New Hampshire at the Paul Sweet Oval in Durham, NH