Men's Track and Field Kicks Off Season in Southern California

Lloyd Campbell '18
Lloyd Campbell '18

 

Complete Results (Aztec Invitational)

Complete Results from Point Loma Nazarene

San Diego, CA – The Williams track and field team kicked off the outdoor track season on the West Coast this weekend, with team efforts at the Aztec Invitational and the PLNU Collegiate Invitational. Eph head coach Ethan Barron's squad put up solid marks across all disciplines to wrap up the first weekend of their spring break training trip.

Freshman James Heinl started his outdoor season with a win in the javelin throw. He threw for 56.79m to qualify for NESCACs, Division III New Englands, and ECACs. Heinl's presence on the team this year gives the Ephs a welcomed boost in the javelin throw.

The 4x100m relay team started the running events for the Ephs. The team of freshman Jeremy Thaller and seniors Manny Daring, Kat Ofori-Atta, and Kevin Persons executed well from start to finish and took 2nd overall in 41.94 seconds. Their time bests the top 4x100 relay Williams ran last year and qualifies for ECACs.

Sophomore Connor Harris set a personal best in the long jump today. He was 5th overall in an extremely crowded field and qualified for NESCACs, Division III New Englands, and ECACs with a 6.83m jump.

In the shot put, sophomore Lloyd Campbell and junior Chris Lyons had a friendly duel going. The banter and competition between the two no doubt contributed to both athletes setting personal bests today. It was Campbell who ultimately had the best throw; he finished 3rd overall with a 14.47m throw. Lyons finished right behind him at 4th with a 14.10m throw. Both men qualified for NESCACs and Division III New Englands, and Lloyd also qualified for ECACs.

Griffin Colaizzi carried over momentum from his breakout indoor season to the start of this outdoor season. The sophomore went out near the front in the 1500m and settled into 2nd place 300m in. He battled with a competitor and traded leads before pulling away with the win. He finished in 3:56.78 and qualified for NESCACs, Division III New Englands, and ECACs.

Senior Nolan Raimo made his debut in the 110 meter hurdles. He finished the race in 15.17 seconds and showed he has a lot of potential left to unlock in the event. His time qualifies him for NESCACs, Division III New Englands, ECACs, and All New Englands.

In the 800m, senior Todd Ford took advantage of the fast heat he was seeded in. He hung around in the back for the first quarter and then kicked hard with 300m to go. Ford held on to catch a few others and finished 6th overall in 1:53.70. His time qualifies him for NESCACs, Division III New Englands, and ECACs.

Over at the Aztec Invitational, sophomores Tobias Muellers and Tom Riley competed in their first decathlon. Muellers led the way with 5717 points and improved on both his high jump and his pole vault marks from the indoor season. Riley scored 5392 points while making his debut in several of the decathlon events.

With their season openers wrapped up, the Ephs will spend another week in Southern California and compete at UC San Diego next weekend before coming back to Williamstown.