San Diego, CA—The Williams track and field team finished their spring break training trip at the California Collegiate Invitational, hosted by the University of California San Diego. The Ephs competed against NESCAC rivals like Middlebury as well as top Division I competition, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This meet served as another chance for Ephs to hit fast times and qualifying marks for later championship meets, and practice competition at a high quality, but low pressure meet.
The meet started with the field events. In the hammer throw, James Heinl '19 had another strong performance, throwing the hammer 45.46m for 8th overall. In the shot put, Lloyd Campbell '18 was best among NESCAC competition, finishing 10th overall with a mark of 13.12m. In the long jump, co-captains Tobias Muellers '18 and Tom Riley '18 each jumped well. Muellers finished 3rd with a mark of 6.83m, while Riley was 11th, jumping 6.32m.
Peter Kirgis '20 made his collegiate debut in the 3000 meter steeplechase today, along with veterans Jacob Kahrs '19 and Kenneth Marshall '20. Kirgis ran a well-paced 9:38.31 for 2nd, the fastest debut steeple by a Williams athlete in at least 8 years. Kahrs, who last year finished 4th in the NESCAC final, ran just off his personal best in 9:40.95, for 3rd. Marshall had a successful season opener himself, finishing 7th in 9:48.28.
In the 1500, Lucas Estrada '20, Nick Gannon '20, and Ben Hearon '20 each competed well, closing hard over the last couple laps to finish in times of 4:00.75, 4:00.80, and 4:02.66 for 4th, 5th, and 7th respectively.
In the 400, first-year Cole O'Flaharty '21 had a good performance, finishing in 4th in a time of 49.80. Elliott Fong '19 finished 11th in 51.09.
In the 800, Kevin LaFleche '20 had a great race, mixing it up with Division I talent and the best of Division III. LaFleche finished 3rd with his trademark blistering finish, in a time of 1:52.62. Tristan Colaizzi '20 raced well himself, finishing in 1:54.64 for 6th.
Trent Hall '21 finished 11th in the 100 meters in 11.51 seconds, returning to finish 16th in the 200 in 23.11 seconds.
In the 5000, co-captain Ben Decker '18 ran a well-deserved personal best of 14:51.88, finishing 2nd after a well-even, paced race. Griffin Colaizzi '18 had another good performance, running 15:10.47 for 6th after a bold start. Sam Wischnewsky '20 ran a nice personal best himself, breaking 15:20 for the first time with a 15:19.90, 9th place run.
In the 4x400, the team of O'Flaharty, Estrada, Fong, and LaFleche finished 3rd in a fast time of 3:19.36—just .29 slower than Wisconsin.
Closing out the meet with the field events, Ian Kagame '19 and James Dunivan '19 each jumped well in the high jump. Kagame cleared 1.90m for 5th, while Dunivan cleared 1.80m, for 8th. In the javelin, Heinl finished 6th with a throw of 51.97m, while Dan Renwick '21 finished 8th, throwing the javelin 47.14m. In the pole vault, Riley and Muellers each cleared 4.30m, a personal best for Riley.
The Ephs conclude their training trip to California with this meet. They will return to Williams excited for the next 2 months of training and competition, as they continue to prepare for their peak performances at championship meets in Late April and May. The Ephs will return to competition next Saturday, April 7, at the Amherst Spring Fling, hosted by Amherst College.