Amherst, MA—The men's track and field team traveled to Amherst today to compete at the Amherst Spring Fling. This meet served as an opportunity for athletes who may not have competed in San Diego to get competition experience, or for athletes to continue with their season development.
The meet started with the field events. In the hammer throw, co-captain Mykel Miller '20, Frank Scheck '20, and Scott Fineberg '22 finished within 2 meters of each other in 7th, 8th, and 9th, respectively. Miller's mark of 40.79m was a personal best, as was Scheck's of 40.74m. Fineberg's mark was 39.23m. All three returned for the discus throw. There, Scheck finished 4thwith a throw of 37.86m. Miller was 9th, with a mark of 34.49m, and Fineberg 11th, with a mark of 31.83m. In the long jump, Sam Mecha '21 was 9th, jumping 5.98m, a personal best for the sophomore. He would later return for the 100, finishing 14thin 12.19 seconds. Marshall Borrus cleared the bar at 3.65m in the pole vault, finishing 7th.
The Ephs also competed well on the track. In the 3000 meter steeplechase, Hamza Mankor '22 ran a successful debut, finishing 2ndin 10:54.79 in his first hurdles race of any kind. In the 1500, Peter Kirgis '20 continued marking progress as he returns from injury, running his third straight seasonal best in the 1500, fighting hard to the line to finish in 4:03.46 for 3rd. Will Young '21 was 16thin 4:11.67, with Sam Schraver '22 19thin 4:12.59, Chris Heckelman '21 26thin 4:34.11, and Felix Biwott '21 27thin 4:38.13. In the 400 hurdles, Isaki Wada Law '21 was 3rd, in 1:00.38, with John Zhou '22 close behind, finishing 5thin 1:01.17.
In the last event on the track, the men's 5000, the Ephs welcomed Franklin Reilly '21 into the lineup for the first time, as well as Matthew Peacock '21, returning from injury. Reilly ran an impressive debut, finishing 6thin 15:48.90. Peacock was 8th, in 16:07.01. David Azzara '19 was 9th, in 16:33.07, with Keith Grossman '22 12th, in 16:50.17.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was impressed with the team's effort today, saying "When you have a smaller crew competing, it's great to see people step up and support each other. Some people made some great steps today. Some showed up in the books as PRs. Others may have been a first race back from injury or a technical fix waiting to become a PR. But all progress, even unseen, is progress. And that's what we're about."
The Ephs will return to competition next Saturday, April 13, at the Farley-Kelly dual meet with MIT. The meet will be hosted by MIT this year.