New Haven, CT – The Williams men's track and field team continued competing with great intensity this postseason at the All New Englands Championship at Southern Connecticut State University. Though somewhat shorthanded, the Ephs placed 10th overall and had some great performances across the event disciplines.
Day one of the meet featured many preliminaries. Kat Ofori-Atta ran in the 100m prelim and against the wind ran 10.65 seconds to break the school record. Kat has consistently run between 10.77 and 10.82 seconds all season, making the breakthrough race all the sweeter. He would go on to sit out the final the next day with his prelim time seeding him at 13th nationally in Division III.
Manny Daring, Nolan Raimo, and Conor Dunham ran their respective prelims well. Daring ran his 400m in 49.31 seconds. Raimo and Dunham ran in the 400m hurdles and finished in 54.06 and 54.93 seconds, respectively. Raimo advanced to the final.
Pierceson Brown tied his personal best in the pole vault, clearing 4.70m on his second attempt at the height.
The trio of Liam Simpson, Peter Hale, and Griffin Colaizzi shook off traveling issues to put on a solid race in the 5000. Hale returned for his first outdoor race and went out strong. Simpson and Colaizzi plugged along in the back for the first two miles, and ultimately Simpson ran away from the other two to finish 4th in a personal best 14:45.36. Hale finished in 14:50.23, and Colaizzi finished in 15:05.24.
Alex Cowen and Steve Yannacone put up strong 800m performances on day two. Yannacone edged out Cowen by just a little, finishing in 1:53.14 to Cowen's 1:53.26. Raimo also came back to finish the 400m hurdles in 54.83 seconds to take 8th.
The Ephs also had two relay teams compete. The 4x100m team finished 7th in 42.30 seconds, and the 4x800m team finished 6th in 7:50.35.
Over the course of both days, Tobias Muellers quietly put together one of the best displays of all-around athleticism Williams track and field has ever seen. Muellers competed in the decathlon and set personal bests in 8 of the 10 events. Some of his new biggest personal bests included a 3.80m vault, a 43.51m javelin throw, and a 4:31.97 1500m. He rode all of those new marks to a 6414 point finish in the decathlon, a huge new personal best that seeds him 14th nationally.
With another championship meet wrapped up, the Ephs turn towards the ECAC Championships, which will be held next week.