Middletown, CT—The men's track and field team won their 31ststraight Little Three Championship today, opening the year with a bang. The Ephs prevailed over rivals Amherst and Wesleyan, with 135 points. Amherst finished 2nd, with 124 points, while Wesleyan finished 3rd, with 100 points. This meet served as both valuable championship experience and a chance for Ephs to use an indoor facility, with Towne Field House currently undergoing renovations.
The day got started with the weight throw. First-year Scott Fineberg '22 finished 2ndin the weight throw with a mark of 13.60m, with co-captain Mykel Miller '20 and Frank Scheck '20 close behind, with marks of 12.72m and 12.13m, for 4thand 5th. All three returned for for the shot put. Miller won the event, throwing 11.99m. Scheck and Fineberg finished 3rdand 4th, with marks of 11.50m and 10.80m.
In the high jump, co-captain Ian Kagame '19 won the event, clearing 1.93m. Cole O'Flaherty '21 and Will Kingham '22 were best of the Ephs in the long jump, leaping 6.13m and 6.11m for 6thand 7thoverall. Kingham returned in the triple jump, joined by Jacob Rosenberg '22. Rosenberg finished 2nd, jumping 12.11m, while Kingham was 4th, jumping 11.56m.
On the track, Aidan Ryan '21 got things started with a win in the mile. Ryan strode out ahead of the field within the first 50 meters and never relinquished the lead, finishing in 4:19.54. Ben Hearon '20 finished 3rdin 4:27.20, while Jacob Kahrs '19 was 5thin 4:31.06. In the 60-meter hurdles, first-year Ben Telicki '22 impressed with a 9.11 second, 2ndplace performance. In the 400 meter dash, the top Ephs were Elliott Fong '19 and Karol Regula '21, who finished 7thand 8thin 53.50 seconds and 53.64 seconds.
The Ephs acquitted themselves very well in the mid-distance events. In the 600, Kevin LaFleche '20 ran a well-executed race, kicking away to win over the last 200 meters to win in 1:23:32. Felix Biwott finished 5th, with a time of 1:30.93. In the 800, first-years Jett Ballantyne '22 and Sam Schraver '22 showed impressive tactical acumen, blasting the last 200 to finish 1stand 2ndin 2:07.75 and 2:07.82. And in the 1000, Tristan Colaizzi '20 battled to the line against an All-American mid-distance runner from Amherst, finishing 2ndin 2:31.02. co-captain Lucas Estrada '20 was 4thin 2:34.13, while first-year Ryan Watson '22 impressed with a 2:35.41, 5thplace performance.
In the sprints, the Ephs also performed well. O'Flaherty finished 2ndoverall in the 60-meter dash, finishing in 7.25 seconds. Trent Hall '21 also competed well for the Eph, finishing 4th, in 7.28 seconds. Hall returned for the 200 meter dash, finishing 2ndin 23.76 seconds. Regula was 3rd, in 23.85 seconds, while first-year Chris Bassett '22 was 4th, in 24.50 seconds.
As the meet came down to the relays, the points battle was very close between Williams and Amherst. Williams won the 4x800 comfortably, as a relay team of Kahrs, Colaizzi, Estrada, and Hearon finished in 8:15.21. In the 4x400, Williams again finished ahead of Amherst, finishing 2ndin 3:29.65. When the pole vault results were tabulated, in which first-year Carson Kurtz '22 and Marshall Borrus '20 finished 2ndand 3rd, clearing 4.12m and 3.50m, the Ephs had won the meet.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was pleased with how the meet turned out, saying, "in a way Little 3 is our real opener for the season. It's the first time we're fully assembled as a team and have all our fall sports guys reintegrated. It's always a great feeling to see the team come together and compete. The team had great energy today which is key. You may not be primed, sharpened, and tapered for every meet but you can always bring the energy. That's what makes those races later in the season possible."
The Ephs will return to competition Friday, January 18, at the Joe Donahue Games in Boston , Massachusetts.