Middlebury, VT—The Williams men's track and field team headed to Middlebury today to compete at the 2019 NESCAC Track and Field Championship. Competing in the rainy, windy, and cold conditions of a New England spring, the Ephs finished 4th, with 102.5 points. Middlebury won the meet, with 201 points, followed by Tufts with 143, and Amherst with 130.
The meet started with the field events. In the hammer throw, Scott Fineberg '22 finished 14thwith a mark of 39.58m, while co-captain Mykel Miller '20 was 18th, with a mark of 35.67m, and Frank Scheck '20 19thin 33.79m. All three would return for various throwing events. In the shot put, Miller put together a great series, finishing 5thoverall with a mark of 12.99m. In the discus, Miller, Scheck, and Fineberg finished 9th, 15th, and 18th, respectively, with marks of 37.43m, 32.81m. and 31.65m. In the javelin throw, Paul Sheils '22 threw 46.51m, for 10th.
The Ephs excelled in the jumps. In the long jump, Will Kingham '22 leapt 6.57m, good for 7thplace. Bariki Innis '21 jumped 5.95m, for 18th, while Sam Mecha jumped 5.88m, for 20th. The former two returned for the triple jump, joined by John Zhou '22. There, Zhou executed perfectly, with a massive personal best of 13.68m for 4th, Innis jumped 13.30m, finishing 6th, while Kingham jumped 13.12m, for 9th. In the high jump, co-captain Ian Kagame '19 closed out his NESCAC career with a bang, winning the event with a leap of 2.00m. Danny Renwick '21, using an eight-step approach rather than a curtailed four-step approach for the first time in a year, also impressed, finishing 3rd, clearing 1.95m. And in the pole vault, Carson Kurtz '22 was 6th, clearing the bar at 4.25m, while Marshall Borrus '20 was 9th, clearing 3.95m.
On the track, the Ephs' track athletes braved the windy, often rainy conditions, embracing the pure competition of the meet. In the 10,000, Franklin Reilly '22 impressed in his debut 10,000 and third collegiate track race, finishing 13thin 33:01.11. Chris Avila '21, Matthew Peacock '21, and Jenks Hehmeyer '20 each displayed patience and teamwork as they ran in a pack, finishing 17thin 33:09.37, 18thin 33:13.28, and 19thin 33:17.05, respectively. In the 110 hurdles, Ben Telicki '22 qualified for the finals in 8thand then finished 5thin the finals in a time of 15.87, an impressive result for the first year. Co-captain Jeremy Thaller '19 ran his 100 meter prelim with grit, competing at NESCACs one final time despite nagging injuries. He finished 20th, in 11.40. In the steeplechase, Jacob Kahrs '19 ran for the win and came up just short, finishing 2ndin 9:26.48. Jake Lange '21 was 7th, in 9:42.23, while Ryan Watson '22 was 10th, in 9:48.62.
In the 1500, Aidan Ryan '21 ran a smart race, bursting into the lead with 700 meters to go and never relinquishing it, winning by over 2 seconds in 3:55.61. Elias Lindgren '22 finished 7thin 4:02.22, while co-captain Lucas Estrada '20 finished 11thin 4:06.33. In the 400, Cole O'Flaherty '21 ran a solid race, finishing 4thin 51.10. Elliott Fong '19 was 15th, running 51.82, while Nolan Holley '22 was 18th, running 52.09. O'Flaherty returned for the 200, joined by Karol Regua '21. O'Flaherty finished 10th, in 22.60, while Regula was 18th, in 23.19 seconds. In the 400 hurdles, Telicki finished 8th, in 59.27, followed immediately by Isaki Wada Law '21 in 9th, in 1:00.23, and Sam Schraver '22 in 11th, in 1:00.45.
In the 800, Tristan Colaizzi '20 ran tough, finishing 4thin 1:55.78. Jett Ballantyne '22 showed a ferocious kick to win his heat in 1:59.08, finishing 7thoverall. Ben Hearon '20 won his own heat in 2:01.28, finishing 11thoverall.
In the 5000, Ryan returned, joined by Nick Gannon '20 and co-captain Zeke Cohen '19. Ryan ran patiently, waiting to strike until the last two laps, pulling away to win in 15:06.25. Cohen finished 5thwith a fiery kick in 15:14.19, while Gannon was just behind in 6th, in 15:16.13. The Ephs closed out the meet in the relays. In the 4x400, the team of Chris Bassett '22, Colaizzi, Fong, and O'Flaherty finished 3rd, O'Flaherty outleaning the Tufts anchor in 3:27.68. In the 4x800, the team of Estrada, Ballantyne, Lindgren, and Peter Kirgis '20 finished 2ndin 8:00.82.
Head Coach Ethan Barron had this to say about the team: "We said that we'd measure this meet by the bus ride home. Personally, I'm incredibly proud of how we scrapped today. I believe this team's future is incredibly bright. And if we continue to work and prioritize one another like this, we'll be on a whole other level come 2020. And we're not close to done with 2019 yet."
The Ephs will return to competition next Friday, May 3, at the Division III New England Championship. The meet will be hosted by Williams.