Ithaca, NY – The Williams men's track and field team traveled to Cornell University this weekend to compete against schools from the northern New York area. The Ephs capped off another strong showing with a string of solid performances across all disciplines.
It was the throwers who started off setting personal bests today. Chris Lyons '17 had another strong showing in the weight throw, setting a personal best for the second consecutive week. Lyons fired up his teammates by throwing a new personal best twice in the same day. He ended with a mark of 14.05m. Joining him in setting new personal bests were Lloyd Campbell '18 and Olivier Joseph '17. Joseph took second behind Lyons in their flight with his 13.72m throw, and Campbell took fifth with his 12.65m throw.
The jumpers continued to improve as well. Connor Harris '18 set a new personal best in the long jump, qualifying for Division III New Englands with his 6.48m performance. Ian Kagame '19 and Christian Holway '19 also set new personal bests today in their respective events. Kagame jumped 1.89m in the high jump to qualify for Division III New Englands, and Holway jumped 13.83m in the triple jump to qualify for ECACs. The increasing depth of jumpers on the team is a positive sign for the Ephs as they head towards championship meets.
Pierceson Brown '18 had another stellar performance in the pole vault. Unfazed by the tough competition, Brown vaulted to a new personal best 4.50m and qualified for ECACs. Brown's performance was especially impressive given that he cleared both 4.35m and 4.50m on his first tries today.
There were some highlight performances on the track as well. Manny Daring '16 was the first one on the oval today and set a new personal best in the 400m. Daring got out to a fast start of 23.87 seconds and held on for his second place time of 50.14 seconds. His time also qualified him for ECACs. Ian Mook '18 also had a strong showing today, nearly tying his personal best in the 500m. Mook made up a lot of ground on his competitors in the second 200m of his heat, and bolted to a second place finish in a time of 1:08.68.
Leading the distance runners today was Bijan Mazaheri '16. Mazaheri was accompanied in his strong performance by fellow senior Todd Ford. Mazaheri and Ford were in a crowded field in the 3000m, but both ran their own race from the start and slowly dropped off runners to take 3rd and 4th, respectively, in 8:28.26 and 8:37.43. Both men qualified for Division III New Englands and ECACs, and Mazaheri additionally qualified for All New Englands.
To cap the day off, the 4x800m relay team of Griffin Colaizzi '18, Alex Cowen '18, Elliot Fong '19, and Luke Hinz '17 ran a solid time of 8:07.68, eclipsing the ECAC standard of 8:09.00. The Ephs' 4x800m relay team has been strong in the last handful of years, and this year looks to be no different.
Eph head coach Ethan Barron was pleased with his team's efforts. "The team did a solid job building momentum this weekend," he explained. "The throwers were the catalyst–they set the tone. And the rest of the team responded. One by one, everyone stepped up and executed."
With the long trip to Cornell wrapped up, the Ephs turn their attention to competing at the Middlebury Invitational, where they will face off against a smaller field of athletes.
"We still have a long way to go," Barron concluded. "Cornell was just one step along the path and Middlebury will offer up another great opportunity next week."