BROOKLYN'S BACK ATOP MEN'S INDOOR TEAM STANDINGS AFTER ONE-YEAR HIATUS
Central Connecticut denied LIU Brooklyn its fifth consecutive NEC Indoor men's team title last February, but the Blackbirds fended off a challenge from Saint Francis U to reclaim their perch today. Sweeping success across the sprints accounted for the bulk of the Blackbirds' meet-high 127 points. Chasing its first team title since 2009, Saint Francis U took the runner-up trophy with 112.5 points. Meanwhile, attempting to defend their home borough, Wagner (101.5) also eclipsed the 100-point mark. LIU Brooklyn's Kimorie Shearman single-handedly delivered 30 points to the winning cause by completing an amazing sprint triple. Shearman flew to victories in the 60m, 200m and 400m dashes, posting IC4A qualifying times in each of the three races. Those efforts landed Shearman the NEC's Most Valuable Performer award. After running down the NEC Cross Country crown this past fall, Wagner's Trausti Thorstein earned the Most Outstanding Track Performer (Distance) award. The Icelandic Seahawk won the 3,000m on Friday and picked up a silver medal in the mile final on Saturday. Central Connecticut's Marquis Ward accepted the Most Outstanding Field Performer (Jumps) awards after securing one gold and a pair of bronze medal. The veteran Blue Devil won the high jump and placed third in both horizontal jumps. Kevorni Welsh also earned multiple medals for the Blue Devils in the jumps. He won Friday's long jump competition before finishing as the runner-up to Ward in Saturday's high jump. Fairleigh Dickinson freshman Taeco O'Garro triumphed in the triple jump and also picked up a point in the long jump en-route to the Most Outstanding Field Performer (Jumps) accolade. Thirteen points, including a win in the shot put, gave the Most Outstanding Field Performer (Throws) award to Sacred Heart's Christian Turner.