Birmingham, AL—The men's track and field team competed today on Day 1 of the 2018 Indoor Track and Field Championship. 6 athletes competed today. Dan Renwick '21 and co-captain Tobias Muellers '18 competed in the first four events of the heptathlon, while Kevin LaFleche '20 competed in the preliminary round of the 800-meter run. Later, LaFleche joined Peter Kirgis '20, Tristan Colaizzi '20, and Lucas Estrada '20 in the distance medley relay.
The day began in the heptathlon. Muellers and Renwick each got off to strong starts, both contending for All-American positions. In the 60 meter dash, Muellers won his heat, finishing 6th overall in 7.33 seconds. Renwick finished 9th overall, with a time of 7.39. In the long jump, Muellers shook off two fouls to jump 6.64m, finishing 2nd overall. Renwick was 11th, with a jump of 6.21m. In the shot put, both Muellers and Renwick continued to flirt with All-American positions, finishing 8th and 10th respectively, with throws of 11.33m and 11.17m. Finishing the day in the high jump, Renwick had a slight off performance, but still finished 9th overall, clearing the bar at 1.81m. Muellers, meanwhile, was 12th with a mark of 1.78m. At the end of the day, Muellers stood 7th with 2674 points. Renwick was 11th, with 2573 points. The events tomorrow are the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1000 meter run. Renwick is very strong in the hurdles and 1000, while Muellers is equally strong in the pole vault and 1000. Each looks poised to move up the standings.
LaFleche had a great day in the 800. He ran a smart, even race—every 200 was between 27.98 and 28.61—finishing 4th in his heat, and 7th overall, in 1:53.12. He qualified for the final on time. If he finishes his race tomorrow, he will be assured All-American honors.
A scant 2 hours later, LaFleche competed in the distance medley relay, along with Kirgis, Colaizzi, and Estrada. Kirgis opened the race with a strong 1200 leg, handing off to LaFleche, who ran his heart out in the 400 despite certainly being tired from his previous race. Colaizzi worked hard in his 800-meter leg, running in no-man's land for much of the race, before handing off to Estrada for his 1600 meter leg. Estrada ran a blazing first 400 to catch up with the pack, but unfortunately lost contact toward the end of the race. The relay team finished in 11th overall in a time of 10:12.97. All members of this relay were underclassmen, and will be looking to improve in future NCAA Championships.
The Ephs will return to competition tomorrow for the conclusion of the heptathlon, the 800 finals, and the 3000 meter run.