Amherst, MA—The men's track and field team braved the New England spring today, sending those who did not compete in the California spring break trip to the Amherst Spring Fling. This meet served as an opportunity for those athletes to get used to competition again after a lengthy interlude between indoor and outdoor seasons.
In the hammer throw, which did feature athletes who competed in California, James Heinl '19 had another strong performance, finishing 2nd with a mark of 45.14m. Liam Pembroke '18, Max Scheck '20, and Lloyd Campbell '18 also had good performances, finishing 4th, 6th, and 7th with marks of 42.35m, 36.98m, and 36.25m, respectively. Campbell and Scheck returned for the shot put, where Campbell won with an impressive throw of 13.64m, while Scheck was 8th, putting the shot 11.64m. Pembroke returned for the discus, finishing in 6th with a mark of 35.19m.
Several Ephs returned to the track after a significant training period. In the 1500, Isaac Goodman '20 finished 25th in a time of 4:19.35, while Chris Heckelman '21 continued his return from injury, finishing 37th in 4:26.67. In the 400, Karol Regula '21 finished 15th in a time of 55.46, returning to run the 200 in 23.28, finishing 7th. In the 100, Sam Mecha '21 ran 12.26 for 14th, returning for a personal best long jump performance, jumping 5.83m for 5th overall.
In the 800, co-captain Alex Cowen '18 finished 4th overall in 2:00.62. In the 400 hurdles, first-year Isaki Wada Law '21 had a fantastic race, running 57.84 seconds to win by almost a full second. In the 5000, first-year Jake Lange had a tremendous debut in the 5000, finishing 3rd in 15:26.27. First-years Matthew Peacock '21, Chris Avila '21, and Sam Gilman '21 all had good races as well, finishing 5th, 6th, and 7th in 15:52.45, 15:53.85, and 15:56.43 in 5th, 6th, and 7th. Jenks Hehmeyer '20 was 8th in 15:57.36.
In the pole vault, Pierceson Brown '18 had a great season opener, clearing the bar at 4.40m. Marshall Borrus '20 had a personal best himself, finishing 7th, clearing 3.80m. Elijah Goldberg '21 was 10th with a mark of 3.20m.
Assistant Coach Dusty Lopez was impressed with how the team competed today, saying, "I thought that for where we were in the season and with the cold and wind today, a lot of people performed very well. The competition I saw from our guys was great. As we get on with the season and as conditions get a little better, I think the competition we saw today will translate to fast times and great performances."
The Ephs will return to competition next Saturday at the Dick Farley Invitational, hosted by Williams College, next weekend.