Williamstown, MA — The men's track and field team heads to MIT Friday to begin competition at the New England Indoor Track and Field Championship. The meet will be contested over Friday and Saturday. The Ephs, currently ranked 4thin New England, will be looking to improve upon their 3rdplace finish at last year's championship. The Ephs will face tough competition from top-ranked MIT, #2-ranked Southern Maine, and #3-ranked Middlebury.
On Friday, Williams will compete in the heptathlon, pole vault, distance medley relay, and 5000 meters. Ben Telicki '22 will represent the Ephs in the heptathlon. In his debut in the event at Middlebury 4 weeks ago, Telicki scored 3902 points, with numerous personal bests across the seven events. Telicki should compete for a scoring position (top 8).
Williams is ranked 2nd in the distance medley relay. Although the exact group will not be certain until just before the event begins, any of Williams' extremely strong mid-distance squad should be able to contest for the win in the event.
In the pole vault, first-year Carson Kurtz '22 will be competing. He too should compete for a scoring position.
On Saturday, the heptathlon will conclude competition along with the rest of the championship. The Ephs will field a small, but accomplished group in the jumps, all riding waves of momentum into the meet. Will Kingham '22 will represent the Ephs in the long jump, having ridden two successive seasonal bests to qualify for the meet. In the high jump, co-captain Ian Kagame '19 is coming off of his own personal best. He should contend for a high scoring position. In the triple jump, first-year John Zhou '22 will be competing, having also jumped a personal best in his last meet.
On the track, the Ephs will also be looking to score significant points. In the mile, first-year Elias Lindgren '22 and co-captain Lucas Estrada '20 will represent the Ephs. Estrada, although seeded 11th, finished 4that the meet a year ago. He should contend for a high scoring position. Lindgren is coming off of an impressive personal best at his last meet, which he ran with a blazing last quarter. He too should contend for a high scoring position.
In the 400, Cole O'Flaherty '21 is the top seed. O'Flaherty has had a fantastic season, improving both his top-end speed and endurance. He is a threat to win both the 400 and the 200, which he will be contesting later in the day.
In the 3000, Lange, Jacob Kahrs '19, Austin Anderson '19, and Aidan Ryan '21 will be competing. These Ephs have all impressed this season. Ryan is the top seed, while Anderson, Kahrs, and Lange are all contesting for scoring spots.
The Ephs will also field impressive lineups in the 4x400 and 4x800. These lineups are not yet known, but Williams' relays are always competitive.
Head coach Ethan Barron was excited about the team heading into the meet, saying, "This team has had every reason to be disparate. Yet we couldn't be more as one. These guys know how to work. Now they get to go reap the fruits of those labors. It's going to be fun to watch them do it."
The meet will begin at 2 PM, Friday.