Williamstown, MA – In honor of longtime coach Dick Farley, the Williams track and field team put on the annual Dick Farley Invitational at the Lee Track. Coach Farley is in his 45th year in a coaching role on the men's team.
While last year the Farley Invite featured a few other teams, this year the Ephs held a dual meet against MIT. It was a showdown between the two top ranked NCAA track and field teams in New England. Neither team elected to place all of their top performers in every event, but the Ephs came away victorious by a score of 116-85.
The Ephs jumped out to an early lead behind their hammer throwers and their high jumpers. While throwers James Heinl and Olivier Joseph were setting personal bests to go 1-2 in the hammer, jumpers James Dunivan and Ian Kagame were setting outdoor personal bests to go 1-2 in the high jump. Both groups of performers were no doubt motivated by the crowds of friends and family that came out to cheer from the first throw and jump.
The running events kicked off with the 3000m steeplechase. The trio of Jake Kahrs, Zeke Cohen, and Nigel Bates went 2-4 after working together for most of the race. All three men hit the Division III New Englands standard, and Kahrs additionally made the ECAC standard.
Williams won the 4x100m with a blazing time of 41.62 seconds. This time currently sits at 5th in the country.
Liam Simpson ran a smart race to lead the Ephs in the 1500m. He went out near the front and made a strong move on the final lap to take the win in 3:57.54. Williams placed the next four finishers as well, and they each broke 4 minutes. They were Bijan Mazaheri (3:59.17), Alex Cowen (3:59.22), David Folsom (3:59.81), and Lucas Estrada (3:59.84).
James Heinl, Ian Mook, and Tobias Muellers went 1-2-4 in the javelin throw while Nolan Raimo and Conor Dunham went 1-3 in the 110m hurdles. Between the five athletes, the Ephs enjoyed a nice stretch of picking up another 16 points to slowly put the MIT team behind them.
In the 400m, Manny Daring took 2nd overall in 49.25 seconds and set a season best. Tobias Muellers (49.61), Elliot Fong (50.08), and Keith Owiti (50.67) also set season bests in the deep field of competitors.
Back in the field events, Pierceson Brown took the win in the pole vault while Chris Lyons won the shot put. Lyons looked good with his release and wrist flick in his follow through en route to a new personal best of 14.22m. Teammates Lloyd Campbell and Liam Pembroke finished 2nd and 3rd behind him with 13.85m and 13.45m throws, respectively.
The Ephs picked up back to back wins in the 100m and 800m. Katakyie Ofori-Atta handily won the 100m in 10.81 seconds, and Steve Yannacone won the 800m in a season best 1:53.97. Todd Ford (1:54.86), Justin LeAndre (1:55.11), Lucas Elek (1:55.14), Lucas Estrada (1:55.95), and Kyle Kistinger (1:56.17) rounded out the sweep in the 800m.
Liam Pembroke picked up a couple of more points for the Ephs in the discus throw. He placed 3rd with a 39.78m throw. Lloyd Campbell threw a huge personal best in the event, narrowly landing the disc in bounds to land a 35.87m throw.
Nolan Raimo won a thriller in the 400m hurdles. He won by the narrowest of margins–only 0.01 seconds–in 53.78 seconds. His time currently sits at 6th in the country.
Manny Daring picked up another point for the Ephs in the 200m dash. His 4th place finish marked the 3rd event of the day he scored in.
The Ephs wrapped up the day with teams in the 4x400m and 4x800m relay. The 4x400m relay teams placed 2nd and 3rd, and the 4x800m team won the event.
Coach Farley was overall pleased with the day. It was the first time the entire men's team competed together all season and the setting was truly special. "A dual meet is unheard of. We have two head coaches–Nate Hoey and Ethan Barron–that have never run in or coached in a dual meet," he explained. "[Dual meets] are the way track and field started when I first came here. Most of our kids have never been through this, and the fact that we won against a rival school was great."
"I think this was fun to do," Coach Farley concluded. "I go back 45 years with this team–I competed against MIT at BU, I've coached against them. I've continued to see them compete and they're a great school. I'm glad things worked out as well as they did."
The Ephs will continue their outdoor season next week at Princeton University and Springfield College.