|All-New England high jump champion Stefan Duvivier|
BOSTON - Junior Stefan Duvivier of the Tufts University men's indoor track & field team is the All-New England champion in the high jump after clearing 6'10 3/4" (2.10m) on the first day of the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center on Friday.
In addition to topping a field of Division I, II and III athletes from New England, Duvivier's mark improved upon his own school record and moved up to third-best on the Division III national list for 2017. His 6'9 3/4" (2.08m) success on February 11 at MIT was the previous school record and ranked sixth nationally.
Today, Duvivier's historic leap scored 10 team points for the Jumbos. Springfield College's Alexander Niemiec had a 6'9 1/2" (2.07) best for second place. It's the first win by a Jumbo competitor at the NEICAAA indoor meet since Fred Jones won the triple jump in 2004. Duvivier was also the New England Division III high jump champion after clearing 6'8" (2.03m) at home last Saturday.
Jumbo sophomore Charles Pennington also notched a career best at 6'4 1/4" (1.94m) to earn part of a five-way tie for eighth place.
Led by Duvivier's win and a third-place showing by senior Luke O'Connor in the 5,000 meters, Tufts sits third in team scoring with 16.2 points through six events. The Jumbos lead Division III teams and trail only host Northeastern University (45) and University of Rhode Island (43).
O'Connor posted a time of 14:52.11 on the banked track to score six points in the 5,000 meters. With nine-plus seconds added to the time due to the banked track, his converted mark won't be an improvement on the 14:55.54 time that he ran in the event last week at home in the New England Division III meet. He's ranked 23rd nationally with that time.
In the 400 meters Friday, Tufts junior Andrew DiMaiti was one of eight to qualify for Saturday's final with a 49.23 time in the preliminaries. That was fourth in the heats and advanced him to the 400 final on Saturday at 2:35 p.m. Approximately eight-tenths of a second will be added to the time due to the banked track, which will take it higher than the 49.69 that currently has DiMaiti ranked 24th nationally. Senior co-captain Nick Usoff missed qualifying for the 400 final by the narrowest of margins. His 49.62 preliminary time was 0.01 behind eighth-place finisher and final qualifier Adam Franklin from Rhode Island's 49.61.
The Jumbos had four entries in the 200 meters, but none qualified for the final. Sophomore Anthony Kardonsky led the Tufts contingent with a 22.49 time that was 12th in the preliminaries.
Saturday's men's events begin at 10 a.m.