Middlebury, VT—Tthe men's track and field team kept a solid January going today at the Middlebury Invitational. This meet served as an opportunity for Ephs to practice off-events to hone competition skills, as well as a chance for some athletes to debut in their chosen events.
First-year Ben Telicki '22 got things started for the Ephs, competing in his first ever heptathlon, which began on Friday. He was rock solid through the first three events on Friday, winning the heptathlon 60 meter dash and long jump in 7.67 seconds and 6.01m, and getting a personal best in the shot put of 9.19m, for 3rd. At the end of Day 1, he was in first overall. He kept things going on Day 2, with a personal best in the high jump (1.76m), a win in the 60 meter hurdles (9.14 seconds), and a solid debut in the pole vault (2.60m). He closed out the event with a personal best in the 1000 of 3:01.95, winning the overall heptathlon with 3902 points, a strong debut in the event.
After Telicki finished, the rest of the Ephs kept the momentum going. In the weight throw, Scott Fineberg '22, co-captain Mykel Miller '20, and Frank Scheck '20 each had solid performances, throwing the weight 13.46m, 13.19m, and 12.08m for 5th, 6th, and 10thoverall. All three returned for the shot put, although only Miller reached the finals, putting the shot 12.57m for 6thoverall.
In the long jump, Sam Mecha '21 finished 3rd, jumping 5.36m. In the triple jump, first-year John Zhou '22 was 5th, jumping 11.84m. And in the pole vault, Carson Kurtz '22 and Marshall Borrus '20 finished 5thand 6th, clearing the bar at 4.10m and 3.50m, respectively.
On the track, the Ephs also performed very well. In the 60-meter dash, Cole O'Flaherty '21 and Trent Hall '21 each made the finals. O'Flaherty finished 4thin 7.28 seconds, while Hall was 5th, also recording the same time. In the mile, A number of Ephs competed, with Jake Lange '21 and Jett Ballantyne '22 scoring, finishing in 6thand 7thin times of 4:32.22 and 4:32.55, respectively. In the 400, Elliott Fong '19, Chris Bassett '22, and Nolan Holley '22 finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4thwith nearly identical time of 52.84, 52.88, and 52.95 seconds. Karol Regula '21 was 7th, in 53.78 seconds. All four returned for the 200, finishing 10th-13thwith Regula in 23.81 seconds, Fong in 23.83, Holley 24.05, and Bassett 24.09.
In the 500, Felix Biwott '21 competed hard, finishing 5th, in 1:13.32. In the 3000, the Ephs welcomed back Austin Anderson '19 to the lineup for his first track race in 20 months. He ran an outstanding race, finishing in 4thin 8:45.55 seconds. Nick Gannon '20 showed impressive distance running chops, finishing 7thin 8:51.48 seconds. In the first heat, Ryan Watson '22 won in 9:00.70, while Jenks Hehmeyer '20 was just behind him, in a personal best 9:02.07 seconds. The two finished 11thand 12thoverall.
The Ephs closed out the day in the 4x400. There, a team of Dan Renwick '21, Zhou, Regula, and Isaki Wada Law '21 finished 2ndin 3:34.78 seconds.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was pleased with his team's work over the last week, including at the meet, saying, "this last week was solid all around. Sure it was great to see Austin back in uniform and Ben tackle his first hept, but the week was one big step forward. I saw some great things in practices that didn't yet carry over to meets. I'm very excited for the weeks to come as pieces continue to fall into place."
The Ephs will next compete next Saturday, February 2, at the Tufts Winter Classic.