La Jolla, CA – The Williams men's track and field team wrapped up their spring break training trip with a strong performance at the California Collegiate Invitational. Eph head coach Ethan Barron's squad battled hard and took 4th place with 83 points. UC San Diego won the meet with 177 points.
Among the especially notable performers were the long jumpers. They were led by sophomore Conor Harris, who improved upon his season opener to finish 4th overall with a 6.85m jump. He continues to inch closer towards the All New Englands qualifying standard of 6.88m. First-year Christian Holway also improved upon his season opener, jumping 6.76m to take 6th overall. Sophomore Thomas Riley and first-year Ian Kagame rounded out the team effort with 5.82m and 5.43m jumps, respectively. Later in the meet, Holway doubled back to compete in the triple jump. He finished 4th overall by jumping 13.81m.
Sophomore Pierceson Brown had a standout day in the pole vault. He crushed his season opening mark of 4.36m and vaulted 4.70m. Brown qualified for All New Englands with his new personal best.
Nolan Raimo continued to show his strength in this hurdles this week. The senior captain started by taking 4th overall in the 110m hurdles, setting a new personal best in 14.99 seconds. He returned to the track shortly after to take 3rd in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.06 seconds.
It was a sophomore showdown in the 5000m today. The trio of Liam Simpson, Ben Decker, and Griffin Colaizzi went out in the front from the gun. They came through 1600m in 4:48 and continued on pace to the 3200m in 9:36. Towards the end, Colaizzi held the lead until Simpson found one final gear to surge past him. Simpson narrowly edged out Decker and Colaizzi in 14:51.69. Decker pushed himself into 2nd in 14:52.50, and Colaizzi finished 3rd in 14:52.73. All three men qualified for All New Englands. First-year Austin Anderson also had a great race, finishing 8th overall in 15:21.66 and qualifying for Division III New Englands.With spring break over, the Ephs will resume classes on Monday, April 4th. They will resume competition at the Amherst Spring Fling on April 9th.