Medford, MA – On the final day of track meets before the NCAA Championships, the Williams men's track and field team sent a handful of athletes to compete at the Tufts Final Qualifying Meet. Most of the entrants at the meet were looking to secure a spot at NCAAs by finishing in the top 15 national marks in their event. The competition was tough and Eph head coach Ethan Barron's squad gave it their best.
The distance medley relay team was the first on the track. Kyle Kistinger '16 led off and ended up pressing on without one of his shoes for half of his relay leg. Manny Daring '16, Steve Yannacone '17, and Todd Ford '16 fought hard to try and keep the race close and finished the relay in 10:11.92.
Ben Decker '18 was the sole competitor for the Ephs in the 5000m. The race went out fast and Decker stayed with the leaders through the first mile. He lost contact with the lead pack shortly after but still finished in a respectable 15:08.72.
In the mile, Alex Cowen '18 gave it his all. He moved very strongly through his first 600m, held on, and finished hard to come through the line in 4:23.23.
Griffin Colaizzi '18 and Zeke Cohen '19 represented the Ephs in the 3000m. Colaizzi battled hard against a top notch field that was looking to secure spots for NCAAs. He finished in a cluster of runners–including a runner from rival Amherst that he held off at the end–in 8:36.41. Cohen, meanwhile, worked from the back and ran his own race despite being in the fastest race he's been in all season. Not to be deterred by running 10 seconds behind the leaders at 800m, Cohen ran consistent splits through the race and set a new personal best in 8:56.66.
Pierceson Brown was the only field competitor for the Ephs. He finished with a mark of 4.41m and just missed setting a new personal best at the 4.56m bar.
The final rosters for NCAAs will be set this weekend. The meet will take place next week in Grinnell, Iowa over two days.