Springfield, MA – On day two of the Division III New England Championship, the Williams men's track and field team battled hard and finished 4th in a hotly contested meet. The Ephs finished with 63 points behind Westfield State (63.50), Bates (69), and MIT (179.50).
The field events got the day started. Against the best field the three have competed against in their young collegiate careers, James Heinl, Ian Kagame, and James Dunivan gave quite the effort. Heinl threw the javelin and finished with a 49.75m mark. Kagame earned a few points for the Ephs with his 5th place finish in the high jump. He jumped 1.88m, and Dunivan finished right behind him with a 1.83m jump.
Liam Pembroke was the lone competitor for the Ephs in the discus, but he didn't let that bring his energy down. As laser-focused as ever, Pembroke threw for a personal best 42.79m and took 6th overall.
In the 1500m, a pack of four Ephs went out aggressively and confidently. David Folsom and Lucas Estrada tucked in behind Alex Cowen and Kyle Kistinger to start. With 250m to go, Estrada followed Folsom's lead to make a charge for the front. Folsom set a big PR and finished 5th overall in 3:56.98. Estrada was close behind in 7th with a personal best 3:57.49. Cowen and Kistinger finished in a tight pack in 3:58.45 and 3:58.97, respectively.
Tobias Muellers and Keith Owiti made a splash from the second fastest heat of the 400m to get 4th and 7th in 49.38 (PR) and 50.00 seconds. Elliot Fong and Manny Daring rounded out the 400m efforts in 50.98 and 53.61 seconds.
Chris Lyons and Lloyd Campbell put on another show in the shot put. Lyons led the way with a 5th place finish in a personal best 14.90m, and Campbell took 7th with a 14.20m throw. Liam Pembroke doubled back from the discus to finish with a 13.88m mark.
For the second consecutive week, Kat Ofori-Atta won another close one in the 100m. He edged out the field in a time of 10.78 seconds, just 0.01 off his season best.
Nolan Raimo came back from the 4x100m relay to take 3rd in the 400m hurdles. He finished in 54.26 seconds.
Austin Anderson and Zeke Cohen contested the 5000m. They stayed close through the first two miles before both picking it up for an extended final mile kick. Anderson finished the last mile in 4:37–which was his mile personal best a year ago–to seize 5th overall in 15:01.36. Cohen closed in 4:47 to take 9th in 15:12.50.
The 4x800m relay team of Matt Tarduno, David Folsom, Kyle Kistinger, and Alex Cowen wrapped up the meet for the Ephs by taking 3rd in 7:50.73.
With Division III New Englands wrapped up, the Ephs will look towards the All New Englands Championship next week at Southern Connecticut State University.