DiMaiti Runs Top 25 Time in 400 Meters at BU's Hemery Valentine Invitational

Colin Raposo ran a career-best in the 1,000 meters

BOSTON - Junior Andrew DiMaiti led a team of mostly middle distance runners who represented the Tufts University men's indoor track & field team at Boston University's David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Saturday.

Running on the banked track at BU, DiMaiti timed 48.90 seconds in the 400 meters. He was 29th out of 202 runners in the race. The time was converted for national ranking purposes, adding approximately 0.8 of a second. DiMaiti's converted time of 49.69 seconds is ranked #22 nationally as of Sunday morning.

DiMaiti also led off the 4x400-meter relay which ran at BU and posted a 3:22.45 time. He was joined by sophomore Christian Swenson, freshman Jordan Abate and freshman Billy Witrock. That time was also converted, adding approximately three seconds. The new mark of 3:25.69 does not improve upon the 3:25.50 posted by DiMaiti, Blake Coolidge, Witrock and Nick Usoff at home on January 28.

Both DiMaiti's 400 and the 4x4 (not converted) were Tufts season-bests at the meet. Also accomplishing that feat was senior Blake Coolidge in the 200 meters with a 22.26 mark. Converted, it won't improve upon his 22.42 from January 14 at home which is currently ranked 23rd in DIII. He was 45th out of 225 entrants in the BU 200.

Sophomore Colin Raposo also had a Jumbo 2017 best in the 1,000 meters with a 2:29.43 mark at BU. Junior Roman Lovell ran a solid 1:56.06 in the 800 meters, while Tufts competed in its first 500 of the winter season with junior Thomas Doyle leading the way (1:06.13).

Tufts will welcome New England Division III's best to the Gantcher Center next weekend for the regional championship meet on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 17-18).

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