Williamstown, MA—The men's track and field team competed yesterday at home, at the Williams Invitational. This meet served as a final opportunity to achieve NESCAC qualifying marks, compete at home during the regular season, and continue to hone competition skills, before the NESCAC Championship next week.
This meet started with the field events. In the javelin, the Ephs welcomed back James Heinl '19 into the lineup. Paul Sheils '22 was 6th, with a throw of 47.31m, followed by Heinl in 10th, with a mark of 41.72m, and Nolan Holley '22 11th, with a mark of 31.46m. In the hammer, Frank Scheck '20 was 7th, throwing a personal best of 41.32m, followed by Scott Fineberg '22 in 9thin 40.28m and co-captain Mykel Miller '20 in 12th, throwing 37.57m. Fineberg returned for the discus, throwing 33.03m for 12th. Miller returned for the shot put, putting the shot 13.38m, for 4th.
In the long jump, Sam Mecha '21 leapt 6.06m for 4thplace, his first time clearing 6 meters. Sheils was 8th, jumping 5.74m. In the triple jump, Jacob Rosenberg '22 jumped 12.38m for 2nd, a new personal best. Co-captain Ian Kagame '19 impressed in the high jump, clearing 2 meters for the first time with a 2.01m for the win. Danny Renwick '21 needed just one attempt to clear 1.73m, 1.78m, and 1.83m respectively, passing on the remainder of the competition to finish 2nd. In the pole vault, Carson Kurtz '22 cleared the bar at 4.40m on his first attempt, finishing 3rd. Marshall Borrus '20 cleared 3.95m, finishing 8th.
On the track, the Ephs also showed success. In the 3000 steeplechase, Jake Lange '21 ran a well-paced solo effort, winning in 9:37.42. David Azzara '19 notched his second personal best in two weeks, finishing in 10:00.11. In the 1500, steeplechasers Jacob Kahrs '19 and Ryan Watson '22 showed their mid-distance chops. Kahrs won the event with a blazing last lap, winning in 3:59.46. Watson was close behind, finishing in 4:00.69. Peter Kirgis continued a resurgent return from injury with a 4:01.29, 3rdplace clocking. Co-captain Lucas Estrada '20 was 4th, in 4:02.85. Will Young '21 was 12thin 4:13.30, Sam Gilman '21 was 15thin 4:15.38, and Chris Heckelman '20 was 17thin 4:22.78.
In the 400, Cole O'Flaherty was 3rd, running 49.66. Elliott Fong '19 was 8th, finishing in 50.99. O'Flaherty returned for the 200, joined by Karol Regula '21 and Nolan Holley '22. O'Flaherty was 6thin 22.49, followed by Regula in 11thin 23.19, and Holley in 12thin 23.31. In the 800, Aidan Ryan '21 tested himself in a shorter event than his specialty, taking control of the race from the start to win in 1:53.81. Elias Lindgren '22 was 4th, in 1:56.44. Ben Hearon '20 was 15thin 2:02.26, while Felix Biwott '21 was 18thin 2:05.15. In the 400 hurdles, Sam Schraver '20 gamely tested himself in a new event, finishing 5thoverall in 1:00.96. Closing out the meet in the 5000, Franklin Reilly '22 raced like a veteran, despite this being his second 5000 ever. He waited for 4 kilometers to make his move, exploding over the last couple laps to win in 15:41.53. Matthew Peacock '21 and Chris Avila '21 each ran intelligent races, finishing 3rdand 4thin 15:50.62 and 15:50.86. Jenks Hehmeyer '20 was 8th, in 16:12.36, while Keith Grossman '22 ran a fantastic race, finishing 11thin 16:22.96.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was impressed with the team's focus, saying, "the weekend before a championship meet always has a variety of situations. Some are tapering down to make the meet, some are tuning up, while others are resting entirely. We were no different this weekend. However, even with those different states of being, it was obvious that this crew has one mind towards what it can do in future meets."
The Ephs will return to competition Saturday, April 27, at the NESCAC Championship, hosted by Middlebury.