Northampton, MA—Men's track & field began the winter season today at the Smith College Winter Classic. The Ephs competed against athletes from half a dozen other teams, including NESCAC rivals Amherst, Connecticut College, and Trinity, but no team scores were tallied. In total, Williams had three individual winners and the 1600m relay team of Nolan Raimo '16, Tom Riley '18, Conor Dunham '18, and Manny Daring '16 took first place.
The day began with the field events, where the Ephs earned big marks in the throws. Lloyd Campbell '18, fresh off a successful football season, placed second in the shot put with a throw of 13.78 meters (45' 2.5"). Co-captain Chris Lyons '17 took fifth in the shot with a mark of 13.26m (43' 6") after also finishing sixth in the weight throw (13.39m/43' 11.25").
The first running event of the day was the 5k, which featured a number of Williams cross country runners fresh off their second place finish at the NCAA Championships. Also, Colin Cotton '16 and co-captain Bijan Mazaheri '16 worked together to run times that could hold as NCAA qualifiers. The two Ephs traded off the lead for the first 3k, then Cotton broke away to finish first with a new school record of 14:17. Mazaheri took second in 14:22, also under the previous record of 14:27 that he set last year.
The good energy established in the 5k carried through to the other distance events. Jacob Kahrs '19 led the Ephs in the mile with a third place finish in 4:30. In one of the greatest individual performances of the day, Matt Rock '16 won the second heat of the mile (6th place overall). Rock made good moves, kicked hard, and finished with a new PR of 4:41. In the final distance event, the 3k, Liam Simpson '18 took first place in 8:54.
Sprinter Manny Daring '16 ran 23.08 to place 4th in the 200. Co-captain Nolan Raimo '16 hit a huge PR of 8.43 to win the 60m hurdles and Conor Dunham '18 took 4th place in the same event with a strong 8.67.
A number of first-years began their Williams track and field careers with outstanding performances. Zeke Cohen '19 and Austin Anderson '19 excelled in the 5k. Cohen showed a furious finishing kick to win the second heat and place 11th overall) in 15:36. Anderson ran a smart race, progressing throughout to take 16th place in 15:47. Elliott Fong '19 turned in the top middle distance performance, running 1:24.36 and finishing third in the 600. In the high jump, Ian Kagame '19 cleared 1.88m (6' 2") to earn fourth place. And in the weight throw, James Heinl '19 placed fifth with a strong mark of 13.52m (44' 4.25").
"I couldn't have asked for more out of a season opener," said head coach Ethan Barron. "We had a number of great individual performances and lots of team support. This is a great start that shows how much work everyone has put in through the off season."
The Ephs will have another five weeks to train before returning to action on January 16 at the Little Three Championships hosted by Wesleyan.