Bijan Mazaheri Broke the School Rcord in Winning the 5K
Boston, MA – The Williams men's track and field team traveled to Boston University this weekend to compete at the BU Valentine Invitational. The Ephs took advantage of the fast track and intense competition to get one last day of great efforts in before championship season begins next weekend.
A few Ephs also traveled to MIT to compete at the Gordon Kelley Invitational. Those results can also be found above.
Steve Yannacone '17 set the tone for the day in his 800m. He rolled with his fast, small heat and blazed to a 1:54.32 finish. The rest of the Ephs in the 800m–all 6 of them–ran their best times today as well. This included Justin LeAndre '18 (1:55.77), Lucas Elek '17 (1:56.59), Elliot Fong '19 (1:57.15), Jacob Kahrs '19 (1:58.89), Luke Hinz '17 (1:59.42), and Daquan Daly '16 (2:00.25).
In the 200m, the duo of Kevin Persons '16 and Tommy Riley '18 both took advantage of the fast track and set their own personal bests. Persons won his heat in 22.51 seconds, and Riley finished in 23.09 seconds.
The mile featured another showing of many Eph personal bests across the board. Todd Ford '16 led the way with his 4:14.96 performance. Other especially notable performances came from Kyle Kistinger '16 (4:19.67), Lucas Estrada '19 (4:20.09), Liam Simpson '18 (4:20.14), Matthew Tarduno (4:20.48), Alex Cowen '18 (4:21.54), David Folsom '17 (4:24.09), Zeke Cohen '19 (4:27.32), and Austin Anderson '19 (4:28.05).
Griffin Colaizzi '18 was the only Eph entered in the 3000m and did not disappoint. He ran away with the win in his heat in a personal best 8:29.22, shattering his previous personal best.
To conclude the meet in emphatic style, Bijan Mazaheri '16 took the win in the fastest heat of the 5000m and ran the fastest time by any Williams athlete in school history. He finished in 14:11.49 to make a statement heading into championship season.
With the weekend wrapped up, the Ephs will turn their attention to the Division III New England Championships. After a strong finish to the regular season, Williams will have its hands full trying to win the title at MIT.