Middlebury, VT – The Williams College track and field team traveled to Middlebury College this week despite the college being on recess after winter study. Eph head coach Ethan Barron's squad took advantage of the new facility at Middlebury to get some solid competition efforts in as the regional meets draw nearer.
The Ephs took 2nd overall at the meet with 140 points. Middlebury placed 1st in the field of 8 teams with 185 points.
Jeremy Thaller '19 set perhaps the biggest personal best of the day. He dropped his 60m personal best twice, first clocking in 7.13 seconds in the preliminary round and then 7.12 seconds finish in the final. Thaller placed 3rd overall in the event.
The mile featured a trio of strong Eph performances. Ben Decker '18 made his indoor season debut today, finishing 1st overall after looking relaxed throughout the race and then barreling to the front of the pack in the closing laps. Decker finished in 4:24.22, good enough to qualify for ECACs. He was followed closely by teammates Peter Hale '17 and Liam Simpson '18. Hale and Simpson took 3rd and 4th, respectively, in 4:25.58 and 4:25.67.
Austin Anderson '19 ran with a determination that was evident to all spectators. He ran his 1st collegiate 5000m very well, increasing his speed in the middle laps while clinging to the pack of Middlebury runners in front of him as the field stretched out. Anderson held on to finish 5th overall in 15:44.87.
The other event winners today were Katakyie Ofori-Atta '16 in the 60m dash and Matt Tarduno '16 in the 1000m. Ofori-Atta overcame his slow start and powered to the front in his race to capture his win; on the other hand, Tarduno took the lead in his race with 800m to go and held it till he crossed the line.
"In some ways, our sport is incredibly simple–you can improve by centimeters and hundredths of seconds," Barron reflected afterwards. "Work hard, live right, and you see the gains. As a program, we inched forward this weekend. But I think it's safe to say that everyone in this locker room knows that we still have a lot of seconds to cut and inches to add before we're done. On to the next one."
Classes start again for the Ephs this Wednesday, and they will have their hands full next weekend when the travel to Tufts for the Tufts Cupid Challenge.