LOWELL, Mass. – Freshman Anthony Charter (Hubbardston/Quabbin Reg. HS) and senior Mike Vatti (Easton, Pa./Easton Area HS) posted winning efforts for the Bentley University men's outdoor track team during the George Davis Invitational Saturday afternoon at UMass-Lowell.
Vatti cruised to victory in the 400 meters, with his time of 49.27 more a second-and-a-half faster than runner-up Vickrum Nabar of Babson. He won his heat by even more, 1.84 seconds. Junior Bryan Carton (Norwell/Norwell HS), with a time of 51.43 seconds, was seventh in the field of 32, and freshman Mark Nelson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Pine Crest School) was 15th in 52.88 seconds.
Vatti and Carton also combined with junior Derek Sit (Wellesley/Wellesley HS) and sophomore Eric Kennedy (West Hartford, Conn./Northwest Catholic HS) for a New England-qualifying time of 43.53 seconds in the 4x100 relay. That was good for fifth place in a field of 12.
Charter set a new personal best while winning the long jump, an event that had 34 competitors. His leap of 21 feet, 10.75 inches elevated him to number seven on Bentley's all-time list and bettered runner Evan Weinstock (Brown) by about five inches. Charter's day also included finishing 11th of 23 in the triple jump with a distance of 42 feet, 3.25 inches.
Junior Craig Robinson (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough HS) qualified for the New Englands in the steeplechase and moved to fourth on Bentley's all-time list with a PR of 9:38.24. That was good for seventh amongst 16 athletes in the event.
Senior Steven Long (Newton/Newton North HS) moved to second in Bentley history in the hammer, uncorking a throw of 126 feet, four inches. That was just 10 inches shy of the school record.
Posting tenth-place finishes for the Falcons were freshman Chris Ricci (Coventry, R.I./Bishop Hendricken HS) in the javelin (157'0") and junior Grant Nolan (Concord, N.H./Concord HS) in the 400 hurdles (59.72).
Next Saturday, Bentley will compete in the Stonehill Invitational.