Boston, MA—The men's track and field team competed today at the BU Last Chance Meet, hosted by Boston University. Competing against a variety of competition, including professional, DI, DII, and DIII athletes, the Ephs looked to run fast times and potential NCAA qualifying times. By and large, they succeeded.
In the 800, Tristan Colaizzi '20 got the day started with a fantastic 800. Competing solely against DI and DII competition, Colaizzi nevertheless more than held his own and finished in a school record time of 1:51.93. Colaizzi currently sits 7th in the DIII standings, and should be relatively safe to remain in the top-15 by the end of the next week, which would qualify him for the NCAA Championship. Running in the next heat, Kevin LaFleche '20 kicked fiercely for 2nd in his heat in a time of 1:52.67. Currently sitting at 14th in the DIII standings with a week left in the qualifying window, LaFleche, too, may have qualified for NCAAs today. In later heats, co-captain Alex Cowen '18 and Jackson Ennis '20 each ran well, finishing in 1:57.00 and 1:58.62 respectively, a personal best time for Ennis.
In the mile, Lucas Estrada '20 had yet another breakout performance in a season filled with them. Competing in a very fast section of the race, Estrada gutted his way to a 4:10.98 clocking, a personal best by over 5 seconds. Estrada currently sits at 15th in the DIII standings, a precarious position, but which is still fast enough that he may qualify for NCAAs. Running in the next heat, Ben Hearon '20 also had a fantastic performance, breaking 4:20 for the first time, finishing 2nd in his heat with a time of 4:17.89.
In the 400m, co-captain Tommy Riley '20 ran a 51.46. Although the 400 is not Riley's best event, the race provided good training for the decathlete, and will serve him well in the outdoor season.
In the 3000, several Ephs chased fast times, if not NCAA qualifying marks. Griffin Colaizzi '18 ran an impressive 8:34.11, his best result since returning from injury. In the second heat, Jake Lange '21 and Kenneth Marshall '20 each ran well. The first-year Lange ran an impressive 8:44.57, while Marshall finished in 8:47.37.
Closing out the day in the 5000m, Ryan Cox '20 and Mitchell Morris '19 each ran well. Cox ran a 15:09.31, a personal best for the sophomore. Competing for the first time this indoor season, Morris showed little rustiness, finishing close behind Cox in 15:15.84.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was pleased with how the team performed, saying, tThe marks that came out of Sunday were pretty exciting. It simultaneously got me excited for both the final two weeks of indoor and the start of outdoors. We've got a lot of guys working incredibly hard and they're really seeing the fruits of that work."
The Ephs will return to competition next Saturday at the Tufts Last Chance Meet. There, several more athletes and relay teams will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championship in the last weekend for qualifying.