Middlebury, VT—The men's track and field team continued their season today at the Middlebury Winterfell. The Ephs faced a variety of teams, including D1 Universities Albany and Vermont, finishing 4th with 107 points. Albany won the meet with 181 points. The Ephs used this meet as an opportunity to notch some Division III New England qualifying times and progress their competition marks.
In the weight throw, Lloyd Campbell '18 showed improvement of almost half a meter from the previous week, finishing 4th with a mark of 13.79m, a new personal best. Ephs James Heinl '19 and Mykel Miller '20 were 6th and 7th, with respective marks of 12.95m and 12.91. In the shot put, Miller and Campbell were joined by Magnus Herweyer '20. Herweyer improved on his performance from last week by well over a meter, winning the event with a mark of 14.65m. Campbell's best mark of 13.72m placed him in 3rd, while Miller was 9th, putting the shot 12.55m.
On the track, the day got underway with the mile. A number of Ephs had impressive races. In the top heat, Peter Kirgis '20 made the most of an uneven pace and another athlete easing up before the finish line, dipping to win the event in a time of 4:21.05, his second straight victory. Lucas Estrada '20, who had done much of the early work of leading, finished in 5th in 4:23.65, while Ben Hearon '20 finished strong for 7th, running 4:27.24. In the 1000, first-year Chris Avila '21 came away with a solid debut in the event, running 2:37.25 for 5th. Jackson Ennis '20 finished just behind him in 2:40.02.
In the 60 hurdles, co-captain Tobias Muellers '18 finished 7th in a time of 8.84 seconds, a personal best by two hundredths of a second. He returned in the long jump, finishing 2nd there with a jump of 6.30m, and the pole vault, again finishing 7th, clearing the bar at 3.80m. In the men's high jump, Ian Kagame '19 and James Dunivan '19 each had solid performances, both clearing the bar at 1.83m for 5th and 6th respectively.
In the 60-meter dash, Jeremy Thaller '19 finished 3nd in 7.09 seconds, first among D3 athletes. He returned later in the meet, finishing 5th in the 200 in a time of 23.23 seconds. In the 3000, Griffin Colaizzi '18 and Liam Simpson '18 each took care of business, closing hard to finish 3rd and 4th in respective times of 8:49.39 and 8:50.87. In the second heat, Will McGovern ran a measured race, running consecutive 1000 meter splits of 2:59, 2:59, 2:59, to finish in 8:58.93 for 8th.
The Ephs finished the day in the 4x800. Although all members of the relay were doubling back from previous events, Estrada, Hearon, Avila, and Ennis all ran strongly, and Williams came away with a comfortable win in 8:18.61.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was pleased with how the Ephs competed today, explaining, "honestly, I think this is one of the hardest weeks of the season. We do a lot over winter study and we've been going hard for 3 weeks since coming back. I feel like I saw a lot of positive movement today. Not all of it shows up in the form of PRs but many people took big steps forward." A tangible result of those big steps forward: new Division III New England qualifying marks by Thaller (200), Kirgis (mile), Estrada (mile), Muellers (60 hurdles), Herweyer (shot), Colaizzi (3000), and Simpson (3000).
The Ephs will return to competition next Friday at the Middlebury Multi meet, also competing the next day at the Middlebury Invitational.