Hanover, NH—The men's track and field team had a successful second day of the All New England Championship. Although only a handful of athletes competed, the Ephs finished 8th overall, with 35.5 points. South Connecticut State won the meet overall, with 113.5 points.
Competing on day 2 of the decathlon was co-captain Tom Riley '18. Riley started the day with a 15.77 110 hurdles showing for 3rd overall, and then threw the discus 30.86m. Unfortunately, at the pole vault, Riley, who had made the pole vault a strength of his this season, was unable to clear the bar at his opening height, a height .50m lower than his personal best, and therefore did not finish the event. Riley still stands 15th in the national standings with 6348 points from an earlier decathlon, and 20 men qualify for the NCAA Championship. Last year, 6376 points, scored by Riley himself, was the final point value that qualified.
A number of other Ephs performed well on the track. Tristan Colaizzi '20 finished 2nd in his heat of the 1500, and 6th overall, in a personal best time of 3:52.87. Colaizzi currently is 17th in the NCAA standings, but will likely need to run faster next weekend to ensure he qualifies. Ben Hearon '20 finished in his own personal best of 3:57.16, for 23rd overall.
Cole O'Flaherty competed well against very high quality competition in the final of the 200. He finished 7th in 22.10, a great result for the first-year.
Kevin LaFleche '20 had another solid performance in the 800, running with a very fast pack to finish 7th overall in 1:52.01. LaFleche stands 6th in the standings for his 1:51.10 clocking at the NESCAC Championship, and should safely qualify for NCAAs.
In the 3000 steeplechase, Williams' steeple crew, recently ranked #1 by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association, hoped to put a cap on an already impressive season. With four athletes running in a very fast seeded section of the steeplechase, they did so. Kenneth Marshall '20 was 11th in 9:20.40, a small personal best. Jake Lange '21 ran an impressive 9:24.61 for 14th in only his fourth steeple ever, a 4 second personal best. Peter Kirgis '20, who unfortunately fell on on the last water jump, picked himself up to finish strong, finishing in 9:25.48 for 15th. Jacob Kahrs '19 finished 20th in 9:32.30.
Head Coach Ethan Barron acknowledged some of the slight setbacks some of his athletes faced today, but stayed optimistic, saying, "there were definitely some tough situations, but everyone competed well and a number of guys beat their seeds. The steeple crew moved well and if it wasn't for a mishap over the final barrier we would have had 3 PRs in that race. Hopefully Tom's decathlon score will hold up. We'll take a few more swings next week and see if we can bolster our NCAA roster a bit more."
The Ephs will return to competition next weekend at the MIT Last Chance Meet.