Hanover, NH—The men's track and field team competed on day one of the All New England Championship, hosted by Dartmouth College. This meet served as an opportunity for Ephs to compete against competition from all three dvisions, as the team points toward the NCAA Championship.
The day started with the decathlon, as co-captain Tom Riley '18 made a bid for nationals. Riley had an incredible day. Starting with the 100m dash, Riley finished 2nd overall in 11.08 seconds, just .01 off of his personal best. Next up, in the long jump, Riley got that personal best, by .20m, finishing 4th with a jump of 6.75m. Riley had another good performance in the shot put, putting it 11.58m, 6th overall. In the high jump, Riley stayed solid, clearing the bar at 1.78m for 7th overall. Finally, in the 400 dash, Riley had a great run, finishing 4th in 51.29. At the end of Day 1, Riley had a Day 1 personal best by 150 points, and stands 3rd.
Riley's great day 1 helped fire up the other Ephs competing today. Fellow decathlete and co-captain Tobias Muellers '18 tried his hand at the 110 hurdles and pole vault. He finished 16th in the prelims in 15.74 seconds, and then cleared 4.40m in the pole vault, finishing 11th. His teammate Pierceson Brown '18 cleared 4.55m, finishing 8th overall.
Back on the track, Cole O'Flaherty '21 qualified for the finals in the 200, finishing 8th in a personal best 22.04 seconds. The first-year should be well-positioned to attack the 22 second barrier on Saturday.
As the sun set, the distance crew set foot on the track and made their mark. In the 5000, Griffin Colaizzi '18 ran fearless with the lead pack, running the last lap in 61 seconds to pull clear by 20 meters, finishing 1st in 14:28.36. That time places Colaizzi 10th on the NCAA list, meaning he should qualify for the NCAA Championship.
Next up, his training partners ran a historically great 10000m for Williams. Co-captain Ben Decker '18 pulled clear of the pack, setting a metronomic rhythm in his attempt to qualify for NCAAs. His bid would be successful, as Decker crossed the finish line 1st, in a time of 30:07.27, a personal best by 23 seconds, and the 9th best time in the NCAA this year. But Decker wasn't alone in having a tremendous day. Ryan Cox '20 ran the race of his life, running a personal best by 58 seconds to finish 3rd in 30:20.31, winding up in 16th on the nationals list, also likely qualifying for the NCAA meet. Cox's time is the best by a true sophomore in Williams history. Not to be forgotten is William McGovern '20, who had his own spectacular performance, finishing 7th in 31:02.97, a personal best himself by 55 seconds.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was excited with how the team performed today, saying "that was an amazing day. Seeing the team build on each other's performances is special. People get confidence from each other. Everyone stepped to the line with a "ok, my turn" mentality."
The Ephs will return to competition tomorrow morning.