Although the men's and women's track teams did not send many athletes to the Open New England Championships last weekend at Boston University, those who competed posted high finishes against their regional opponents.

Captain Elsa Millett '12 finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.82 while Olivia MacKenzie '13 earned a third-place finish in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:40.88. Anna Ackerman '12 earned an eighth-place finish in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:12.93. Annie Huyler '12 placed seventh in the heptathlon with 3,219 points.

"It's very competitive to reach a scoring place in this meet, and it's a great credit to Olivia, Elsa and Anna that they placed so high," said Head Coach Peter Slovenski. "They prepared well and ran very smart races."

"I was thrilled to run another sub-56.4 and to race with such high level of competition," said Millett on her performance. "I am exactly where I want to be."

On the men's side, Coby Horowitz '14 broke the College's record time for the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:28.30, Brett Stein '12 finished ninth in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:05.73, and captain Matt Hillard '12 ran the mile in 4:09.26, placing him 10th.

"I was very satisfied with the team's performance," said Stein, who improved his seed time. "However, most notable was Coby Horowitz's record breaking 1000-meter trial run, which he ran essentially all by himself."

The teams are now preparing for the ECAC championship.

"We're fine-tuning, speed-working and mentally preparing for the competition ahead," said Millett. "It's a long season, and hanging on in this last part is what really tests the months of preparation."

"This is the time of the season when all meets are based on individual or relay qualification," said Slovenski. "The standards are very high, so only the top athletes on the team qualify for these championships."

-Compiled by Emery Ahoua.