|Blake Coolidge tied the Tufts indoor 60m record|
MEDFORD - Senior Blake Coolidge tied the school record in the 60 meters, recorded a top national time in the 200 and was part of a strong 4x4 relay performance as the Tufts University men's indoor track & field team opened its 2017 season with the Tufts Invitational today at the Gantcher Center.
Coolidge timed 7.04 in the 60 meters final to tie the Jumbo program's indoor mark set last year by Bryson Hoover Hankerson. The time is #16 on the national list as of Saturday afternoon. Coolidge was second in today's race behind UMass Boston's Dominic Nda (7.02). Later in the 200 meters, Coolidge won the race with a 22.42 time that ranks fourth in Division III for early in the season. In the last race of the day for Tufts, Coolidge was the second leg of a 3:28.08 4x4 that won and is #13 nationally.
Junior Andrew DiMaiti also had a good day for the Jumbos. He won the 400 meters with a 50.41 finish that is #5 nationally. He was second behind Coolidge in the 200 with a 22.91 time that ranks 22nd nationally early in the season. He capped his efforts by running the third leg of the 4x4.
The Jumbos also received an outstanding freshman debut from thrower Kevin Quisumbing. He finished fourth in a strong shot put field with 50'6" (15.39m) distance which ranks 14th nationally as of Saturday afternoon.
Tufts sophomore Henry Hintermeister topped a small 60-meter hurdles race with a 9.29 time. Classmate Charles Pennington was second in the high jump with 6'2" (1.88m) clearance. Freshman Shant Mahrokhian was also a runner-up, leaping 20'10 1/2" (6.36m) in the long jump. Sophomore Colin Raposo's 8:55.23 in the 3,000 meters was second in the race and stacks up around 30th best in the nation thus far.
The Jumbos will travel to Bowdoin College to compete next Saturday (Jan. 21).