Men's Track and Field Ready for NESCAC Championship

Tom Riley '18
Tom Riley '18

Williamstown, MA—the men's track and field team will head to Trinity College this weekend to try to win their third straight NESCAC title. As in previous years, the Ephs will go in as the underdogs, ranked 2nd in the New England region by the USTFCCCA. The Ephs will face a tough challenge from Middlebury, ranked 1st, Tufts, ranked 4th, and Bowdoin, ranked 5th.

Williams will draw strength from depth in every event. Whether the event is the 5,000, javelin, or 4x400, Williams has the potential to score points.

In the distance events, the Ephs will look to flex senior muscle. Co-captain Ben Decker '18 is seeded first in the 5000 by almost 15 seconds, with a seed time of 14:36.75. Griffin Colaizzi '18 is seeded 2nd, at 14:50.10. Liam Simpson '18, an indoor NCAA qualifier, has achieved the NESCAC qualifying mark in the 5000. Jacob Kahrs '19 is seeded 4th in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Kahrs and a deep group of Ephs will all be capable of scoring highly in the event. Kevin LaFleche '20, meanwhile, is seeded 2nd in the 800, and will be looking to contend for the win. In the 1500, the Ephs will likely rely on a group of indoor NCAA qualifiers, including Tristan Colaizzi '20, seeded 6th, and Peter Kirgis '20, seeded 7th.

Lloyd Campbell '18 and Mykel Miller '20, seeded 4th and 5th in the shot put, will help lead the charge of Ephs in the throws. Along with James Heinl '20 in the hammer and javelin, and co-captains Tobias Muellers '18 and Ian Mook '18, as well as Dan Renwick '21 in the javelin, the Ephs will be looking to make a statement in the throws.

Muellers may return in the 400, where he is also seeded 3rd, along with first-year Cole O'Flaharty '21, seeded 4th. The two may also compete in the 200-meter dash. Jeremy Thaller '19 leads the way in the short sprints, along with Trent Hall '21. Riley will likely contest the 110 hurdles, along with Renwick, where each will look to score significant points.

In the jumps, the Ephs will also be looking to make a statement. Pierceson Brown '18 is seeded 2nd in the pole vault, just two millimeters behind the leader. Muellers is seeded 3rd in the long jump, and will compete alongside Riley and first-year Bariki Innis '21. Ian Kagame '19 leads the way for the Ephs in the high jump, where he is seeded 6th. Innis is the top-ranked Eph in the triple jump.

Head Coach Ethan Barron was excited about his team's energy going into the meet, saying "Honestly, our energy is pretty scary.  Because it isn't an exuberant energy.  There is a quiet intensity and focus to the team.  And, to me, when an entire team has a "hood-up, headphones-on" energy, it can feel a little ominous. In a good way."