WILIAMSTOWN, MA – Four members of the Williams College men's track & field team will travel to Geneva, Ohio this week to compete in the NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships being hosted by University of Mount Union at the SPIRE Institute, May 25-27.
Senior distance runner and co-captain Peter Hale will represent the Ephs on the track as he is slated to compete in the 5,000m. This past winter Hale won the NCAA 3.000m race at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, and has not lost a 5000m race to an athlete from another school in over a year.
Hale is ranked eighth in the 5,000m currently with a season best 14:16.22. Ian LaMere from Wisconsin-Platteville has the top time in the event to date, clocking a 13:56.76
Also posting a top eight-finish indoors was junior co-captain Tobias Muellers who placed eighth in the heptathlon, following up his eighth place finish in the decathlon at last year's outdoor championships. Muellers' top score in the 10-event test of speed and endurance this year is 6,547
Junior Tommy Riley, also a decathlete is making his first appearance at the NCAAs, having posted a score of 6371 to rank him 20th nationally. Also debuting on the national outdoor scene is first year thrower Magnus Herweyer who has qualified in the shot put. Herweyer's best throw is 54' 6.75 and finds him ranked 15th. Theron Baumann has tossed the shot 60' 4.5", and is the top seed.
The Ephs are not currently ranked within the top 25 teams in the country, but look to put on-paper rankings aside and perform to their highest capabilities. "I'm really looking forward to this weekend's championships," said head coach Ethan Barron. There are a lot of sub plots in addition to the obvious excitement of the events themselves. There is great experience for the athletes on this trip and people seem primed for great tapers. It should be an exciting few days."
Riley and Muellers should be competing throughout the day Thursday and Friday. Herweyer will compete Thursday at 1 PM. Hale will race at 3:25 PM Saturday.