Men's Track & Field Off to Colby for NESCAC Championships This Weekend

Katakyie Ofori-Atta '16
Katakyie Ofori-Atta '16

NESCAC Top Three finishers page to be updated throughout the day.

HADLEY, MA -- Colby will host the 2014 NESCAC Track & Field Championships on Saturday, April 26 at Harold Alfond Stadium in Waterville, Maine. Action gets underway at 9 a.m.

A live webcast of the NESCAC Track & Field Championships can be seen on Northeast Sports Network and by clicking HERE. 

The Tufts men will be seeking to retain the title they won a year ago while the Williams College Ephs will be out to win their 22nd  NESCAC title. The Ephs finished a distant fourth last year scoring 108 points.

"We are very young and lost some key point scorers from last year's team," noted Eph head coach David Thompson. "We have dealt with injuries all year long so we are used to it and the young guys who we have put in there have really stepped up for us in big moments. Our strengths should be the 100m, 5k, 10k and 800m."

"Health will be a big factor in the sprints and jumps for us," continued Thompson. "We hope to get [Katakyie] Ofori-Atta back, but he will be limited in the number of events he can do.  [Nolan] Raimo (jumps/sprints) and [Eric] Schneider (long sprints) came out of Little 3's with injuries so we will monitor their progress this week and see how much they can contribute.  [Junior] Manny Daring is our fastest returning 400m runner from last year, but will not be able to compete this weekend as he continues his recovery from an injury sustained during the indoor season."

Sophomore Nolan Raimo is one of the top three performers in the long jump to date along with Amherst's Mark Cort and Trinity's Yosa Nosamiefan. A healthy Raimo competing will be a big boost for the Ephs.

The Ephs boast the top two performers in the 5K this spring with junior Colin Cotton just missing the school record at the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton last week, clocking a 14:22:51, and sophomore Bijan Mazaheri posting a huge PR (14:29) at the same meet.

Eph freshman Youle Chen (Qingdao, China) and Middlebury's  Taylor Shortsleeve are the leaders in the high jump.

Sophomore Reid Pryzant (Falmouth, Maine) is currently the third seed in the 400m hurdles.

"I think the top four teams from last year are strong again this year (Bates, Tufts, Middlebury, & Williams)." Thompson stated. "Bates, Tufts, Middlebury, and us should all be right there again but the NESCAC is such a tough conference you can't overlook anyone."

"I expect us to come out and compete hard in every event we are represented in," Thompson said.  "I think the guys who have achieved the qualifying marks have put themselves in excellent position to score points for us. I think the coaching staff has strategically put our guys in the positions where they can be the most successful.  Saturday around 5:30 we will see what that gets us."

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