Williamstown, MA—The men's track and field team competed today against athletes from Oneonta, WPI, and Middlebury. This meet served as an opportunity for athletes to improve their seed times going into NESCAC championships, or one more chance to get a Division III New England qualifier.
The previous day, three Ephs, Griffin Colaizzi '18, co-captain Ben Decker '18, and Kevin LaFleche '20 competed in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University. Colaizzi ran a great race in the unseeded section of the 5000, finishing 3rd in a seasonal best 14:50.10. Later on in the evening, Ben Decker won his section of the seeded 5000, flying to a 15 second personal best of 14:36.75. LaFleche, meanwhile, won his section of the 800, running 1:53.05.
The events Saturday started with the 3000 meter steeplechase, Chris Avila '21 and Matthew Peacock '21 debuted in the event, along with Jake Lange '21, running his second steeplechase of the season. Lange had a very strong performance, finishing in 3rd in a time of 9:57.05. The time should be in the top 16 for the NESCAC standings, meaning that Williams can place 4 athletes, not 3, in the steeplechase. Peacock had a great debut himself, finishing in 5th in 10:04.04. Avila finished 9th, in 10:26.18.
In the 1500, a number of Eph athletes had good performances. Tristan Colaizzi '20 finished 2nd in 3:58.07, a good run in such windy conditions. Peter Kirgis '20 was close behind in 5th in 3:58.48, followed by Lucas Estrada in 6th with a tie of 4:00.36. Aidan Ryan '21, competing for the first time since NCAA Cross Country Nationals, had a tremendous run, qualifying for Division III New Englands in a time of 4:02.65, for 7th overall.
In the 110 hurdles, first-year Dan Renwick '21 was 3rd in a time of 15.34, beating his seed by over three quarters of a second. Elliott Fong '20 was 10th in the 400, in a time of 51.67. In the 800 meter run, Colaizzi, Nick Gannon '20, Ben Hearon '20, and co-captain Alex Cowen '18 all competed in the top heat. Gannon and Hearon each kicked hard to finish in 2nd and 4th in respective times of 1:55.51 and 1:56.19. Cowen was 5th in 1:57.13, while Colaizzi finished 8th in 1:59.24.
In the 400 hurdles, Isaki Wada Law '21 had a fantastic race, beating his seed by a second to run 56.65 for 2nd. Co-Captain Ian Mook '18 was closing hard for the lead with 100 to go before grazing a hurdle and losing momentum. He finished 6th, in 58.28. In the 200-meter dash, co-captain Tobias Muellers '18 and Cole O'Flaherty each had solid runs, finishing 5th and 7th in times of 22.61 and 22.64.
Off the track and on the field, the Ephs performed very strongly. James Heinl '19 was 2nd in the hammer throw, throwing the hammer 46.71m, just a little bit longer than his best javelin throw of 46.03m, which was good enough for 7th in that event. In the long jump, Bariki Innis '21 was 8th with a mark of 5.73m, followed by Sam Mecha '21, who finished 9th, jumping 5.46m. Innis returned for a 2nd place performance in the triple jump, leaping 12.50m. In the pole vault, Pierceson Brown
In the shot put, Lloyd Campbell '18 was 2nd, throwing 13.94m. Mykel Miller '20 was just a few millimeters behind in 3rd, for 13.91m, a significant personal best. Liam Pembroke '18 also placed well, finishing 5th in a mark of 13.33m. Miller returned for another huge personal best in the discus, throwing it more than two meters farther than he ever had before, 39.63m, for 4th place overall. Right behind him were Frank Scheck '20, with a throw of 37.82m, and Pembroke, with a throw of 37.60m.
Head coach Ethan Barron was pleased with how the team performed, saying, "It was a solid weekend at both home and Princeton. I believe we put ourselves in the conversation for next week. We definitely don't head in as the favorite, but we can't be brushed aside either. When we're a unit that has each other's backs, we're dangerous. You only need look as far as today's shot put to see that. We all have a gear. We just need a reason to go there."
The Ephs will compete next at the NESCAC Championship next weekend, hosted by Trinity College.