Birmingham, AL—The men's track and field team finished competition today at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship. Co-captain Tobias Muellers '18 finished competition in the heptathlon, Kevin LaFleche '20 raced the final of the 800 meter run, and Liam Simpson '18 competed in the finals of the 3000 meter run. The Ephs finished 34th overall, with 6 points.
Going into the final day of the heptathlon, Muellers was ranked 7th after 4 events. His teammate Dan Renwick '21 was ranked 11th, but unfortunately had to scratch the final three events due to injury. In the 60-meter hurdles, Muellers ran a personal best of 8.72 seconds, for 8th overall. In the pole vault, Muellers tied for 4th, clearing 4.30m, which tied a personal best. In the final event of the day, the 1000 meter run, Muellers finished 2nd with yet another personal best of 2:39.17. With that last sterling performance, Muellers moved up to finish 4th overall in the heptathlon in a school record of 5068 points.
By the time of the 800 meter finals, LaFleche had already run a near personal best in the 800 to qualify and a fast 400 leg as part of the distance medley relay. Still, LaFleche competed with grit, finishing in 8th overall in 1:57.19 for All-American honors.
In the 3000 meter run, Liam Simpson '18 made the most of his national championship experience, boldly running with the leaders for the first 2000 meters. Although he faded in the last few laps to a 14th place, 8:32.87 clocking, Simpson looks poised to compete well for the Ephs this outdoor season.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was pleased with the team's performance, saying, "I thought it was a good meet. Danny's injury was tough, but I was impressed with how we competed. We had a lot of guys in their first trip to NCAAs and they didn't miss a beat. We didn't beat ourselves in any way. That's then biggest and hardest step. Now it's the easy part of going back to work, getting better, and building our numbers at a meet like this."
This meet concludes the Ephs' indoor competition. They will return to competition March 22, at the UC Riverside Multi Invitational.