Cambridge, MA—The men's track and field team completed the Division III New England Championship today. The Ephs finished 6thof 23 scored teams, with 56 points. MIT finished 1st, with 164 points, with Tufts 2ndwith 78 and WPI 3rdwith 67.
The meet started with the field events. In the long jump, Will Kingham '22 jumped 5.95m, finishing 25thoverall. Co-captain Ian Kagame '19 took three good attempts at 1.90m, but ultimately did not clear the opening height. In the triple jump, John Zhou '22 leapt 12.42m, good for 17thoverall.
Ben Telicki '22 finished up his second career heptathlon over the course of the day. In the first event of the day, the 60-hurdles, Telicki ran an impressive 9.00, a personal best, scoring 746 points. In the next event, the pole vault, Telicki vaulted another personal best, clearing 2.70m., scoring 286 points. In the final event, the 1000 meters, Telicki ran with pure grit, sprinting across the line in 2:57.75, for 686 points in yet another personal best. Overall, Telicki finished 10th, with 3953 points, 51 points better than his previous heptathlon.
On the track, the Ephs impressed, racking up points. In the mile, co-captain Lucas Estrada '20 ran a gutsy race, attempting to set a time that would score from the slow heat. Ultimately, his effort was just unsuccessful, as he finished 10thin 4:22.16. In the faster heat, Elias Lindgren '22 handled a hot pace, finishing 6thoverall in 4:20.20.
In the next event, the 400, Cole O'Flaherty '21 handled some boxing and jostling to finish 2ndoverall, in 50.21. He returned later in the meet for the 200, running an impressive 22.45 seconds, good for 3rdoverall.
In the 800, Tristan Colaizzi '20 ran a fantastic race, boldly going out with the leaders despite a blazing early pace. He held it together tremendously well to finish 3rdoverall, in 1:52.53. Kevin LaFleche '20 also ran a great race, kicking hard to finish 4thoverall, in 1:54.48.
In the 1000, Nick Gannon '20 handled some jostling to finish 8thoverall, in 2:32.24. Ben Hearon '20, Ryan Watson '22, and Sam Schraver '22 each ran well, finishing 9th, 10th, and 16thfor 2:32.46, 2:33.26, and 2:37.80.
In the 3000, Aidan Ryan '21 ran a consummate race, running relaxed in 2ndfor the first 2500 meters, before bursting into the lead, running a 60 second final quarter. He finished in 8:20.91 the 2ndfastest time in the nation this year. Austin Anderson '19 ran a great race from the second heat, finishing 2ndthere, and 8thoverall, to finish in 8:43.14. Jacob Kahrs '19 finished 9th, in 8:43.59, and Jake Lange '21 18th, in 8:50.48.
In the 4x400 relay, the team of Nolan Holley '22, Chris Bassett '22, Karol Regula '21, and Elliott Fong '19 finished 10thoverall, in 3:28.29. In the 4x800, the team of Jett Ballantyne '22, Lindgren, LaFleche, and Colaizzi quickly took the lead and only extended it, finishing 1stin 7:51.10.
Head coach Ethan Barron was impressed saying, "I'm very proud of the way we performed as a team this weekend. We've overcome a lot of adversity this year and to bring the energy that we did epitomizes this team's passion. If this meet was a glimpse into what some teams will be come NESCACs, then outdoor could be even more exciting."