LOWELL -- Senior Cameron Mitchell was a winner four times to highlight a strong day for the UMass Lowell men Saturday at the 12th Annual George Davis Invitational Track and Field Meet at the Cushing Field Complex.

The meet attracted competitors from 14 colleges representing all three college divisions and various track clubs.

"We did a good job today," said head coach Gary Gardner. "It's been a tough travel schedule, it was nice to be home, and the kids were mentally tough; it was a good day."

Mitchell took top honors in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles and as part of two relay teams. River Hawk men grabbed seven first place finishes.

"He had a terrific day," said Gardner. "He's done his work and it showed. It's nice to finish his last home meet with some victories."

Mitchell turned in his most impressive performance in the 110 meter hurdles, a personal best time of 15.03-seconds. UML senior Vladimir Francois was second, just .52-seconds behind Mitchell.

"In the 110, you just come out hard," said Mitchell. "You don't have time to fix anything. It's completely different training; it's fast twitch muscles."

Mitchell also won the 400 meter hurdles in the closest finish of the day as River Hawk sprinters took the top four spots in the event. Mitchell crossed the finish line just one-one thousandth of a second ahead of teammate Keith Lewis. Both were credited with a time of 54.


38. Junior Richard Kirby of Tewksbury was third at 54.57 and Francois finished fourth at 56.31.

"I had good competition, that pushes you toward a good time," said Mitchell. "The 400 meters takes a lot of mental preparation. You need to go into it with a plan and you have to accept that when you get to hurdles five and six it's going to hurt. You've got to be ready for that before the race."

Mitchell's day had started as a member of the 4 x 100 meter relay team. The foursome of junior Kevin Johnston, senior Casey O'Brien, junior Ian Peuser and Mitchell took the event in a time of 43.89. Regis College was second

It was a good day for relay teams; the 4 x 400 meter team was also a winner. Senior David Brown of Chelmsford, graduate student Drew Butler, Mitchell and sophomore Joe Cirnigliaro crossed the finish line nearly three seconds ahead of the rest of the field. The group ran the 1,600 meters in a time of 3-minutes 25.02-seconds. New Haven finished second.

Butler also turned in a strong performance winning the 400 meter dash in a time of 50.73.

Senior Omar Abdi won the 800 meter run in a time of 1:55.32.

Freshman Nick Powers won the 200 meter dash in a time of 23.22.