Men's Track and Field Competes at Joe Donahue Games

Elliott Fong '19
Elliott Fong '19

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Roxbury, MA—The Williams men's track and field team continued to make the most of a January filled with training and racing today at the Joe Donahue Games, held by Northeastern University at the Reggie Lewis Center. This was a nonscoring meet in which the Ephs were the only Division III team, and so served as another opportunity for the team to practice the technique and competition that will serve them well at championship meets.

The meet got started with the field events. In the weight throw, co-captain Mykel Miller '20 and Scott Fineberg '22 each had solid performances, with marks of 13.49m and 13.34m, for 6thand 7th. Frank Scheck '20 was 9th, throwing 11.84m. All three would return for the shot put. There, Miler was 7th, putting the shot 13.01m, while Scheck and Fineberg were 10thand 11th, with throws of 10.85m and 10.68m.

In the long jump, first-year Jacob Rosenberg held his own, finishing 11thwith a mark of 5.77m. He returned for the triple jump, along with fellow first-year John Zhou '22. Zhou finished 8thand Rosenberg 9th, with respective jumps of 12.05m and 11.87m. In the pole vault, first-year Carson Kurtz '22 impressed, clearing the bar at 4.00, 4.15, and 4.30m on his first attempt for a seasonal best.

On the track, the Ephs also performed well. In the first track event of the day, the 5000 meters, Jake Lange '21 and Jacob Kahrs '19 worked well together, covering the 25 laps in 15:26.27 and 15:29.80. A number of Ephs qualified for the finals in the short sprints and hurdles. Cole O'Flaherty '21 and co-captain Jeremy Thaller '19 each qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash, finishing 6thand 8thin times of 7.21 seconds and 7.24 seconds. In the 60-meter hurdles, Dan Renwick '21 qualified for the finals, finishing 6thin 8.84 seconds.

In the mile, several Ephs outperformed expectations. In the seeded heat, Tristan Colaizzi '20 ran fearlessly in a field entirely composed of Division I and professional competition, finishing 6thin 4:15.48. In the second heat, Kevin LaFleche '20 took the win with his trademark kick in 4:18.60, while Nick Gannon '20 was 2nd, in 4:20.29. Colaizzi's time is currently 4thamong all Division III competition.

In the 400-meter dash, several Ephs competed well. Elliott Fong '19 finished 8th, in 52.23 seconds, while Nolan Holley '22 and Isaki Wada Law '20 were 11thand 13th, in 52.95 and 55.28 seconds. Felix Biwott '21 competed hard in the 800, finishing 7th, in 2:10.48. In the 1000, Sam Schraver '22 and Jett Ballantyne '22 were neck-and-neck for the second week in a row, with Schraver 5thin an impressive 2:36.65 and Ballantyne 6thin 2:36.83. And in the 200, the Ephs mixed it up against the tough competition, with Renwick, Karol Regula '21, Wada Law, Chris Bassett '21, and Zhou 16th, 24th, 25th, 27th, and 29th, in respective times of 23.69, 24.11, 24.15, 24.56, and 25.14 seconds.

In the 3000, Aidan Ryan '21 ran away from the field, staying smooth throughout to finish in 8:25.69 seconds for the win—5thamong all Division III competition this season. Behind him, a number of Ephs had good races, including Ben Hearon '20, co-captain Zeke Cohen '19, and Sam Gilman '21, who finished in 7th, 9th, and 10th, in times of 8:48.23, 8:57.76, and 8:59.51.

The Ephs closed out the meet in the 4x400 relay. An 'A' team finished 3rdoverall in 3:24.79, while a "C" team finished 6th, in 3:32.04.

Head Coach Ethan Barron was pleased with how his team competed, saying, "This is an unconventional sort of season that requires flexibility and creativity in how we get things done. I thought the team responded well in approaching this meet both as a practice session for technique events and a competition setting in which to throw down. If we can keep that mindset and excitement going forward, I think we'll be well-prepared."

The Ephs will return to competition next Saturday, January 26, at the Middlebury Invitational.