Williamstown, MA—The Williams College men's track and field team hosted MIT today for the Dick Farley Invitational, an annual dual meet between the two programs. This meet served as an opportunity for pure team competition, since in every event, the Ephs would either gain or lose momentum.
Jacob Kahrs '19 had a tremendous performance in the 3000 steeplechase, kicking down an All-American competitor with a ferocious finishing sprint, finishing in 9:32.02 for the win. Kenneth Marshall '20 had a great race himself, finishing 3rd in 9:38.98. Jake Lange '21 was 5th in his debut steeple, coming in at 10:39.48.
In the 4x100 meter relay, co-captain Tom Riley '18 helped anchor his relay of Karol Regula '21, Trent Hall '21, and Jeremy Thaller '19, leaning at the line to inch out MIT for a time of 43.47. Riley returned for the 110 hurdles, finishing 2nd in a personal best 15.41.
Ben Hearon '20 made a strong surge with 400 meters left in the 1500, pulling away over the last lap to win by 4 seconds in 3:58.60. Co-captain Ben Decker '18 had a good race himself, finishing in 4:02.81.
In the 100-meter dash, Hall returned for a strong performance, finishing 2nd in 11.14. Regula was 4th in 11.45. Regula would return for the 200, finishing 2nd in 23.05.
In the 400-meter dash, Williams swept the first four spots, with co-captain Tobias Muellers '18 finishing 1st in 49.03, followed by Cole O'Flaharty '21 in 49.76, Elliott Fong '19 in 51.43, and Dysron Marshall '20 in 51.62.
Williams pulled off the same trick in the 800-meter dash. After a very slow first lap, Kevin LaFleche '20 took command of the race, pulling away over the last 300 to win in 1:55.70. Tristan Colaizzi '20 was second in 1:58.65, followed by Lucas Estrada '20 in 1:58.77 and co-captain Alex Cowen '18 in 1:59.11.
In the 5000 meter run, a group of Ephs went out at 15:00 pace, a tough assignment in the windy weather. Ryan Cox '20 held on for the win in 15:07.57. Zach Dulabon, racing for the first time in a very long while, finished 3rd in 15:22.04, a 16 second personal best. Mitchell Morris '19 rounded out the scorers in 15:28.00.
Off the track, many Ephs had fantastic performances. The Ephs swept the javelin, being the only team to contest it, but Dan Renwick '21 still had an impressive throw of 49.23m to win. Muellers was 2nd with a throw of 46.90m, followed by Riley at 46.64, and James Heinl '19 at 46.00. Renwick returned to finish 2nd in the hammer throw, with a mark of 46.46m. Riley returned to the long jump, where he finished 2nd, jumping 6.44m, just two spots ahead of Bariki Innis '21, who jumped 6.03m. Innis returned for the triple jump, where he finished 3rd in 12.40m.
In the discus, Liam Pembroke '18 finished 4th with a mark of 39.01m. In the shot put, Lloyd Campbell '18 had a fantastic performance, finishing 2nd in 13.93m. Mykel Miller '20 finished 4th in 12.93m. In the high jump, Ian Kagame '19 cleared the bar at 1.78m, for 3rd overall.
On the track for the last running events, the 4x400 relay and the 4x800 relay, the Ephs led MIT 94-93. A win in one event was critical. In the 4x400, Fong handed the baton to LaFleche with a strong leg, but a small deficit. LaFleche caught up over the course of the next 300, handing off to Colaizzi having gained a small lead. Colaizzi held the gap, handing off to O'Flaharty for the anchor leg. O'Flaharty held the lead for the entire last 400, leaning at the line to avoid being nipped, securing the win for Williams with a 3:22.63 clocking, and a 48.7 relay split.
The 4x800 was also competitive, but less dramatic, the meet victory having already been secured. Estrada led off with a 1:59 leg, handing off to Cowen, who held the small lead. Nick Gannon '19 also had a good leg, handing off to Hearon, who clinched the win with a 1:58 leg, finishing in 8:08.68. Winning the final two relay races delivered a 104-93 win for the Ephs.
Eph head coach Ethan Barron was pleased with the team's performance, saying, "This meet was a great opportunity for us to showcase our whole team and practice a championship meet. Everyone mattered today, and at every moment, there was an Eph on the track, in the circle, at the pole vault. I thought we all competed well and kept the momentum going. Keeping the momentum and energy going despite the cold and windy day like today is especially great practice for NESCACs, where there can be big swings in momentum we need to be ready for."
The Ephs will return to competition next Saturday at the Williams Invite that will be held on the Ephs's Lee Track.