LEWISTON, ME - The Thomas track and field team ran in the 2015 Bates Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Ibrahim Mustapher ripped up the track to take second in the men's 60 meter dash. Mustapher surged out of the blocks in preliminaries to take the second fastest qualifying time in his first race as a collegiate athlete. A short 90 minutes later he returned to the track to finish a tight second in just 7.20 seconds for the 60 meter distance.
He shined again later in the day posting a 24.00 second 200 meter race that finished fourth on the day. His efforts place him among the top 25 sprinters in each event in for NCAA Division III athletes in New England.
Fellow Thomas freshman Josh Bockus cruised into a strong 400 meter dash finish. Also entering his first collegiate meet, Bockus took steady pace with the race leader in heat two of the 400, hitting the gas in the final 100 meter leg of the race he posted a promising 57.02 second performance to finish sixth for the day.
The Terriers entered the meet at Bates College unscored as an early season tune up, beginning their march toward the North Atlantic Conference Championships later this spring.
The Terriers will return to the track on Sunday, January 25 at Harvard for the Greater Boston Track Club Invitational.