Grinnell, IA – The Williams men's track and field team wrapped up the NCAA Championships today behind solid efforts from Katakyie Ofori-Atta '16, Bijan Mazaheri '16, and Peter Hale '17. The Ephs finished tied for 7th overall with 20 points and were the highest scoring team from the New England Region.
Kat was back on the track today to compete in the 60m final. A day after breaking his own school record, Ofori-Atta got out of the blocks hard and took 7th overall in 6.93 seconds. He also earned All-American honors for the first time in his collegiate career and has much to be excited about this outdoor season.
Mazaheri and Hale made the 3000m very exciting to watch. The race went out fairly slow; nobody seemed to want the early lead and Hale took it a few minutes in. Mazaheri went out a little more conservatively, but was right behind Hale a few laps in. As the race progressed on and the pace began to quicken, it appeared as if Hale and Mazaheri were going to be boxed in. Hale found his opening though and seized it, moving to the lead pack in the closing laps. He powered his way into a tight group at the front, and in a very fast finish ultimately took 4th overall with 8:27.46. This marks the first time in Hale's collegiate track career that he earned All-American honors. Mazaheri pushed himself and just finished outside All-American contention, taking 9th overall in 8:33.06.
Eph head coach Ethan Barron was pleased with his team's effort today. "This foursome did a great job embodying the spirit of this team," he explained. "They were calm amidst the chaos of a national championship and ran gritty, hard fought races. It was a great end to an amazing first season at Williams."
With the indoor track season wrapped up, coach Barron's squad has much to be optimistic about this spring. The Ephs will start their outdoor season at the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State University.