San Diego, CA—The Williams men's track and field team concluded their spring break training trip in California with the California Collegiate Invitational, hosted by UC-San Diego. This meet provided one more opportunity for the Ephs to get in early qualifying marks for later championship meets, practice competition, and make the most of a training trip with few distractions.
The day started with the field events. In the hammer throw, Frank Scheck '20 finished 16thwith a mark of 37.10m on his final attempt. Co-captain Mykel Miller '20 was 18th, with a throw of 36.06m. Miller returned for the shot put, finishing 15thwith a mark of 12.90m. Scheck and Miller each returned for the discus, along with Scott Fineberg '22. Scheck was 15th, with a mark of 39.86m, while Miller was 22nd, with a mark of 36.04m, and Fineberg 23rd, with a mark of 35.30m.
The Ephs had a successful day in the jumps, both vertical and horizontal. Will Kingham '22 had an exceptional day in the long jump, on his first attempt jumping his second personal best in a week, 6.67m, for 4thoverall. Jacob Rosenberg '22 notched a solid mark of 5.76m for 21st, while Bariki Innis '21 was just behind, jumping 5.74m for 22nd. Carson Kurtz '22 was 25th, with a mark of 5.47m. Kingham, Rosenberg, and Innis returned for the triple jump, joined by John Zhou '22. There, Kingham made the most of a strong breeze to record his second personal best of the day, a 13.13m, 5thplace performance. Zhou was just behind, jumping 13.11m, while Innis was 8th, with a mark of 12.83m and Rosenberg 11th, with a mark of 12.17m. Kurtz, meanwhile, returned for the pole vault, clearing 4.30m on his second attempt, to finish 7thoverall. In the high jump, co-captain Ian Kagame '19 jumped his own personal best, clearing the bar at 1.96m on his final attempt.
On the track, the Ephs had strong performances across the board. Jacob Kahrs '19 got things started in the steeplechase, using his trademark kick to win the race in 9:29.97, a full 10 seconds faster than his time at this meet a year ago. Jake Lange '21 was 6th, in 9:51.73—a full 38 seconds faster than his first steeple last year. Ryan Watson '22 was 9th, in 9:52.95, while David Azzara '19 was 13th, in 10:38.56. Lange and Azzara would return for the 400 hurdles, along with Isaki Wada Law '20, Ben Telicki '22, and Zhou. Wada Law was 10thoverall, in 58.81—an improvement by almost 4 seconds from the week before. Telicki was 11thin 59.14 seconds, while Zhou was 12thin 1:00.10. Lange and Azzara finished almost side by side in 15thand 16th, with respective times of 1:04.35 and 1:04.94.
In the 1500, a solid corps of Ephs competed. Elias Lindgren '22 was first of the Ephs, closing hard for a 3:58.05 clocking for 7th. Co-captain Lucas Estrada '20 was just behind, finishing 8thin 3:59.48. Nick Gannon '20 reconstituted himself after a blazing start sapped his legs, kicking well to finish 11thin 4:04.75. Peter Kirgis '20 was next, in 4:05.83 for 13th, continuing to make good improvement as he recovers from injury. Co-captain Zeke Cohen '19 closed hard himself in a separate heat, running 4:08.77 for 17th. Will Young '21 and Sam Gilman '21 rounded out the Ephs in 4:14.82 and 4:17.50, for 22ndand 23rd, respectively. Lindgren, Estrada, and Cohen returned for the 800, joined by Tristan Colaizzi '20, Jett Ballantyne '22, and Sam Schraver '22. Colaizzi set the pace in the fast heat, leading for the first 700 meters, and ultimately finishing 7thin 1:54.62. Lindgren used a similar strategy in his heat, ultimately finishing 2ndthere and 11thoverall, in 1:56.89. Ballantyne made a fierce move after 500 meters in his heat, ultimately finishing 3rdin his heat and 12thoverall in 1:57.28. Estrada, Schraver, and Cohen rounded out the Ephs in 1:59.23, 1:59.70, and 2:01.91, for 20th, 21st, and 27thoverall.
In the 400, Elliott Fong '19 was 7thin 50.75, with Chris Bassett '22 10thin 51.57, Nolan Holley '22 15thin 52.81, and Karol Regula '20 16thin 53.63. Regula and Bassett returned for the 200, joined by Colaizzi. Regula was 18thin 23.35 seconds, followed by Bassett in 23.60 for 21st, and Colaizzi in 23.97 seconds for 28th. In the 110 hurdles, Telicki was 9thin 16.62 seconds.
Competing in the heat of the afternoon, the Eph 5000 meter runners represented themselves well. Aidan Ryan '21 ran a solid, even race, winning the event in 14:46.22. Austin Anderson '19 picked off runner after runner, finishing 5thin 15:20.67. Jenks Hehmeyer '20 ran a strong race, finishing in 15:52.15 for 17th. Chris Avila and Hamza Mankor rounded out the Ephs in 16:17.19 and 17:23.00 for 22ndand 34thoverall.
Closing out the day in the 4x400, the team of Colaizzi, Holley, Bassett and Fong ran 3:27.04, finishing 5thoverall.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was pleased with the team's performance in the meet and the training trip as a whole, saying, "The trip serves many purposes. It's obviously a great training opportunity and provides us with solid chances to put up some early season marks. It's also the perfect way to recharge post-winter and have a great shared experience as a team. We easily checked all those boxes this year and hope to ride our early momentum back to campus."
The Ephs will next compete Saturday, April 6, at the Amherst Spring Fling.