Men's Track and Field Competes at Division III New England Championship

Liam Pembroke '18
Liam Pembroke '18

Cambridge, MA—The men's track and field team competed today at the Division III New England Outdoor Championship. Although a championship meet, the Ephs place less emphasis on this meet than either the NESCAC Championship or the NCAA Championship. Therefore, this meet serves as an opportunity for Ephs to either end their seasons against great competition or go for national qualifying marks. MIT won with 162.5 points, while Bates was second with 75 and UMass Dartmouth third. Williams was 14th, with 17 points.

The meet started on Thursday, with the decathlon, but the first Eph, co-captain, Tom Riley '18, competed Friday evening, in the 110 hurdles prelims. Riley qualified for the final in a personal best of 15.12 seconds. In the final the next day, he finished 7th, this time in 15.33 seconds.

On Saturday, the day started with the hammer throw. James Heinl '19 had another solid performance, a seasonal best throw of 47.72m, for 12th overall. Next, Matthew Peacock '21 closed out a great freshman campaign with a 10:00.51 steeplechase, a small personal best, finishing in 10th. In the shot put, Liam Pembroke '18 won his flight and finished 9th overall with a mark of 13.84m. Mykel Miller '20 and Lloyd Campbell were 18th and 20th with marks of 13.02m and 12.87m, respectively. And in the high jump, Ian Kagame '19 was 10th, clearing the bar at 1.91m. In the pole vault, Pierceson Brown '18 was 10th, clearing 4.40m. Riley was 15th, clearing 4.10m.

The good performances continued in the 1500. Peter Kirgis '20 ran a seasonal best of 3:56.53 for 5th place. Nick Gannon '20 rounded out the scorers in 8th place in a personal best 3:59.74. Cole O'Flaherty '21 ran an impressive 400, finishing just behind the NESCAC champion with a 49.21, second-place showing. And in the 800, Tristan Colaizzi '20 finished 9th in 1:54.81, while Ben Hearon '20 was 15th in a personal best 1:56.07. Co-captain Alex Cowen '18 closed out his Williams Track and Field career with a gritty, 1:58.31 clocking. In the 400-hurdles, co-captain Ian Mook '18 ran well himself, finishing 10th in a time of 56.18 seconds.

As the meet drew near a close, two first-years put together exceptional performances. Jake Lange '21, running just his second ever track 5000, finishing 9th in 15:07.93 seconds. The steeplechaser showed impressive flat event fitness, and should be ready to attack his chosen event next week. Aidan Ryan '21, only a few weeks removed from injury, ran a 1:56 flat 800 split to start off the 4x800 relay, just off his personal best. He, along with relay teammates Gannon, Hearon, and Kirgis, finished 7th in 7:59.13, despite dropping the baton on the third leg. Closing out the meet in the 4x400, the squad of Colaizzi, O'Flaherty, Elliott Fong '19 and Mook finished 11th in 3:26.97 seconds, also dropping the baton, but recovering well.

The Ephs will return to competition Friday, May 11, at the All-New England Championship, hosted by Dartmouth