At the Open New England Indoor Championships last weekend, the men's track team ran against 50 colleges and universities, and placed 22nd.

First year sensation Sam Seekins has been posting aggressive times this winter, and last weekend was no exception. In the fast heat of the 3000-meters, he posted a 10th-place finish with a time of 8.40.55. Seekins will be running the 5000-meters at the ECAC Championship and hopes to post a time under 15 minutes.

Running on the fast Boston University track, the men's distance medley relay improved its NCAA Provisional qualifying mark and school record with a time of 9:56.94.

The relay finished first and its time is the fifth-best time for a D-III team this season. Coby Horowitz '14 again reprised his role as the lead leg.

Last in the pack, Horowitz rallied from last to first in the final two laps of his leg. He handed off to sophomore sprinter Matt Gamache, who inherited a five-meter lead and proceeded to maintain the Bears' pole position.

Colin Fong '12 held the lead for the first two laps but was overtaken during the third lap. Entering his final lap, Fong beat the competition and handed off to the anchor Matt Hillard '12.

Running uncontested for the first half of his race, the milers from Southern Connecticut State and Middlebury caught up with and passed Hillard with three laps to go.

As Middlebury and Southern Connecticut State jostled for the lead, Hillard sat behind them both, poised to unleash one big move in the last lap.

Roaring off the last turn, Hillard calmly put away the competition and got the big win. With such a good finish, the relay team is ranked as the No. 7 team in the NCAA Division III rankings so far this year.

"The relay team is having a lot of fun in the races," coach Peter Slovenski said. "Coby, Matt, Colin and Matt create a synergy in the relay that makes them run better as a team than they could run in individual races. They work together beautifully. Track meet spectators love to watch them, and appreciate the way they kick in the last lap."

This weekend, the team will travel to run at the ECAC championships at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York.