Boston, MA—The men's track and field team competed in two separate Boston-area meets today: the Boston University Valentine Invitational; and MIT's Gordon Kelly Invitational. In each meet, the Ephs showed continued improvement, setting impressive marks and competing with passion.
At MIT, the Ephs sent many of their field event athletes and short sprinters, as well as a small contingent of distance runners. Co-captain Mykel Miller '20 got things going there in the weight throw, throwing a mark of 13.83m for 12th. Frank Scheck '20 was 20th, with a mark of 12.41, and Scott Fineberg '22 22nd, with a mark of 12.35m. Miller and Scheck returned for the shot put, where Miller was again 12th, this time with a mark of 12.41m. Scheck was 28th, with a mark of 10.92m.
Williams showed impressive improvement in the jumps, both vertical and horizontal. Co-captain Ian Kagame '19 jumped a new personal best in the high jump, clearing 1.95m on his first attempt, finishing 2ndoverall. In the long jump, Will Kingham '22 jumped a collegiate personal best in his first competition in a month, finishing 5thin 6.34m. Ben Telicki '22 finished 16th, in 5.94m. In the triple jump, John Zhou '22 leapt 12.46m for 2ndoverall, missing a collegiate personal best by .01m. And in the pole vault, Carson Kurtz '22 vaulted 4.25m, for 4thoverall.
On the track at MIT, the Ephs also performed well. In the 60 meter dash, co-captain Jeremy Thaller '19 was 5thin 7.25 seconds, while Sam Mecha '21 was 17th, in 7.70 seconds. In the 60-hurdles, Telicki was 4th, in 9.12 seconds. And in the 3000, David Azzara '19 ran a 13 second personal best, punctuated by a fierce finishing kick, to run 9:22.26 for 4th. Hamza Mankor '22 finished 10th, in 9:42.81.
Over at Boston University, the Ephs competing made the most of a lightning fast track and professional, DI, DII, and DIII competition. Competing on Friday night, a team comprising Ben Hearon '20, Chris Bassett '22, Nick Gannon '20, and co-captain Lucas Estrada '20 competed in the distance medley relay. They finished 5th, in 10:10.84 seconds.
On Saturday, the Ephs first competed in the 800. Tristan Colaizzi '20 made the most of a raucous heat to finish 2ndin his heat (38thoverall) in 1:53.17. Jett Ballantyne '22 ran a perfectly-paced personal best, finishing 3rdin his heat (105thoverall) in 1:56.22. And Samuel Schraver '22 went for it in his heat, running his own personal best (169thoverall) in 1:58.76.
Next, in the 400, Cole O'Flaherty '21 won his heat, and finished 24thoverall, running 48.94 seconds. Elliott Fong '19 was 2ndin his own heat, and 88thoverall, running 50.48 seconds. Bassett won his heat (126th) in 51.42 seconds, while Nolan Holley '22 was 3rdin his (121st) in 51.28, with Karol Regula 3rdin his as well (134th) in 51.52.
In the 1000, Ryan Watson '22 ran a tremendous race, running a blistering last 200 of 28.9 seconds to finish 3rdin his heat, and 36thoverall, in 2:30.95 seconds.
In the mile, a number of Ephs competed. Aidan Ryan '21 ran a gutsy race, finishing 10th, in 4:14.27 (78thoverall). Elias Lindgren '22, meanwhile, ran an impressively mature and patient race, exploding over the last 2 laps to run the last 400 in 60 seconds, finishing in 2ndin his heat in 4:15.12 (84th). Nick Gannon '20, meanwhile, took his race out well, eventually finishing 5thin his heat in 4:16.50 (100th). Estrada made a bold surge halfway through his own race, ultimately finishing 6th, in 4:17.31 (109th). Hearon ran tough, finishing 12thin his heat in 4:27.10 (197th).
In the 4x400, a team consisting of Holley, Fong, Bassett, and O'Flaherty competed, finishing 3rdin their heat, and 28thoverall, in 3:21.76.
In the 3000, Jacob Kahrs '19 ran a smart, patient race, striking with 2 laps to go to finish 8thin his heat (89thoverall) in a 10 second personal best of 8:33.78. Co-captain Zeke Cohen '19 ran a relatively even race, going through the 1600 in 4:43.9 and averaging 4:43.9, finishing 8thin his heat (167th) in 8:52.26. Sam Gilman '21 was on pace for a time about 10 seconds faster than Cohen until a competitor tripped him with 400 meters to go. Gilman immediately got to his feet and finished, running 8:58.28 for 14th(189th). Jenks Hehmeyer '20 ran a gutsy race himself, finishing 18thin his heat (203rd) in 9:14.18.
Closing out the meet in the 5000, Jake Lange '20 ran a fantastic, remarkably even race. He finished 3rdin his heat, and 60thoverall, in a personal best time of 15:05.42.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was impressed with how the team performed despite being spread out over two locations, saying, "it can be difficult to split a team and still maintain the 'whole' but I felt that was what we did this weekend. We may have been at two locations over multiple days but as a team we were still walking the same path together. This crew definitely embodies an 'as one' mentality which is exciting come meet day."
The Ephs will return to competition Saturday, February 16, at the Springfield Triangle Classic.