Amherst, MA – To conclude the first week of classes after spring recess, the Williams track and field team traveled to Amherst College to compete at the Amherst Spring Fling. Many of the athletes who went on the spring break training trip did not travel with the team today, while others–namely many of the throwers–competed in their secondary events. The weather ended up better than expected and the Ephs walked away with many good efforts under their belts.
Williams finished 6th overall with 63 points. WPI won the meet with 144 points.
First-year James Dunivan scored some early points for the Ephs in his collegiate debut. He placed 3rd overall in the high jump with a mark of 1.84m. Dunivan also finished 7th overall in the long jump and met the NESCAC qualifying standard in both events.
Fellow first-years Jacob Kahrs and David Azzara made their collegiate debuts in the 3000m steeplechase. Kahrs worked his way up well and finished 3rd overall in 9:53.41 behind a strong second half of the race. Azzara looked smooth going over the barriers–especially the water jump–and finished 6th in 10:43.22. Both men eclipsed the NESCAC qualifying standard, and Kahrs also beat the Division III New Englands standard.
The throws squad focused on the hammer throw today. They were led by James Heinl, who took 3rd overall with a 45.84m throw. Juniors Olivier Joseph and Chris Lyons had an early back and forth, and Joseph ultimately took 5th with a 41.74m throw and Lyons took 6th with a 39.88m throw. Joseph and Lyons also beat the NESCAC standard in their season debut in the event.
Juniors David Folsom and Luke Hinz made the 1500m very exciting to watch. Both men went out in the middle, letting the pack take the wind for them. They bided their time past the halfway point and then Folsom made his move, powering his way into 2nd place with 300m to go. Hinz was part of a pack that made a late charge, and there was a cluster of runners at the finish. Hinz took 3rd overall (4:02.12) and Folsom took 6th (4:02.72). Both men qualified for Division III New Englands.
Sophomore Justin LeAndre ran a very competitive 800m today. He kept pressing on the 3rd 200m when the race seemed to start to slow, and edged out top competitors from rival NESCAC schools. His time of 1:55.44 is a collegiate personal best and qualifies him for Division III New Englands. A trio of Williams athletes in the 2nd heat also looked good coming through the line. Elliott Fong led the group with a 1:59.32 finish, and was closely followed by Lucas Estrada (1:59.70) and Luke Hinz (2:00.52).
Liam Pembroke continued to look strong in his return to the discus. He threw just shy of his personal best and took 4th overall with a 40.39m mark.
Ian Mook put in a good effort in the 400m hurdles as the day started to chill. The sophomore hurdler took 2nd overall in 57.59 seconds.
Nigel Bates, Zeke Cohen, and Walker Knauss took advantage of the cold temperature in the evening. Bates and Cohen were together for much of the 5000m race and were on a mission to beat the Division III New England standard of 15:30.00. They were on pace more than halfway through. Nigel started to pull away a little with a few laps to go and it was clear he would get the standard. Zeke didn't fall far behind, but it was enough to raise some doubt about whether he would make it. Knowing that he was close to missing the standard, Cohen left it all on the track and closed his last 200m in 28 seconds to join him in beating the standard. Bates was 3rd in 15:24.47 and Cohen was 4th in 15:28.45. Knauss, meanwhile, ran a steady race with a tight pack of runners. He finished his 5000m debut in 15:46.94.The Ephs will continue the outdoor season next week at home, where they will host the Dick Farley Invitational.