Middlebury, VT—The Williams men's track and field team competed fiercely today at the Division III New England Championship, finishing 3rd overall, with 92.5 points. Tufts finished 1st with 110 points, while MIT finished 2nd, with 107. Middlebury was 4th with 83 points.
The Ephs drew strength from all event groups today, scoring points in the sprints, mid-distance, distance, throws, vertical jumps, horizontal jumps, and multis. Such a well-rounded team bodes well for the Ephs chances this outdoor season, which offers more opportunities for points to be scored, especially in the throws and distance.
The meet actually started on Friday, with the heptathlon. Co-Captain Tommy Riley '18 had a great couple of days. On Friday, he started the day with a 7.32 60-meter dash, 4th among competitors. He followed that up with a 6.28m long jump, again 4th among competitors, but began to climb the standings with a 3rd place 11.45 shot put. Riley finished the day in 3rd, after high jumping 1.80m, good for 3rd in that event. Today, Riley got even hotter. He won the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.84 clocking, then tied for 2nd in the pole vault, clearing 3.65m. In the final event, the 1000-meter run, he ran a personal best 2:49.72 to finish 5th in that event, but finish the heptathlon itself in 1st overall. Riley's score of 4691 was a personal best by nearly 200 points, and gave the Ephs a nice boost to start the rest of the meet.
Co-captain Tobias Muellers '18 and first-year Dan Renwick '21, training partners with Riley, forwent the heptathlon to instead try to score in multiple events. Muellers competed in the 200, 400, long jump, and 4x400 relay. Renwick competed in the 60-hurdles, high jump, long jump, and 4x400. Muellers managed to score a point in the 200 with a 22.74 8th place showing, and won the long jump outright, with a mark of 6.75m. In the 400, he scored 3 more points, finishing 6th in 50.45, making his decision to skip the heptathlon a wise one. Renwick, meanwhile, finished 5th in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.51 seconds, just out of the points in the long jump, with a 9th place 6.47m showing, and tied for 4th in the high jump, clearing 1.96m. His choice to do multiple events rather than the heptathlon was also shown to be the right one.
The Ephs showed their depth in mid-distance and distance, scoring points in every event from the 800 to the 5000. In the 800, Kevin LaFleche '20 got his wish for a relatively tactical race. He used his finishing kick to finish 5th in 1:55.68. In the 1000, Peter Kirgis '20 ran a measured race, finishing in 2nd in 2:30.56. In the mile, Lucas Estrada '20 put an exclamation point on what was already a fantastic season, kicking hard to finish 4th in a personal best 4:16.06. In the 3000, Liam Simpson '18 ran a gutsy race, running the first mile with the leaders, who themselves were gunning for NCAA qualifiers. Simpson's grittiness was rewarded with a 5th place finish in 8:35.51. And in the 5000, co-captain Ben Decker '18 ran a calm, steady race in 3rd place—for 2900 meters. At that point, Decker put on a blistering surge before easing away from the field over the last mile, winning in 15:01.26.
Williams was also clutch in the field. Magnus Herweyer '20 won the shot put with an enormous throw of 16.52m. This mark was a seasonal best by an absurd 1.21m, and was nearly a full meter ahead of the next best throw. But Herweyer wasn't the only thrower to score for the Ephs. Lloyd Campbell '18 had a fantastic performance himself, putting the shot 14.00m, and finishing 8th overall. In the pole vault, Pierceson Brown '18 had by far the best vault of the season, clearing 4.61m. Brown took attempts at a school record 4.71, before ultimately finishing 3rd.
By the relays, the Ephs were locked in a close battle for 3rd, and needed strong performances to hold their position. In the distance medley relay, the team of Nick Gannon '20, Karol Regula '21, Jackson Ennis '20, and Ben Hearon '20 did just that, finishing in 10:24.37 for 4th. In the 4x400, the team of LaFleche, Renwick, Ian Mook '20, and Muellers finished 7th in 3:26.38. And in the 4x800 relay, a team of Estrada, co-captain Alex Cowen '18, Kirgis, and Tristan Colaizzi '20 finished 4th in an impressive 7:55.74.
The Ephs can return to Williamstown with their heads held high, satisfied with their effort and grit at this meet, ready to wipe the slate clean and return to work tomorrow, their sights set on NCAAs and the coming outdoor season.