Williamstown, MA—the men's track and field team competed today, yesterday, and Thursday at the New England Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The Ephs finished 8thas a team, with 37 points. MIT were the champions, with 139.50 points. Tufts finished 2nd, with 89.50, while Middlebury finished 3rd, with 64 points.
Ben Telicki '22 started things off for the Ephs in the decathlon. Over the two-day decathlon on Thursday and Friday, Telicki notched numerous personal bests. Telick ran 11.99 for the 100-meter dash; leapt 5.88m in the long jump, put the shot 9.03m, cleared 1.77m in the high jump, ran 52.61 seconds in the 400, 16.07 seconds in the 110 hurdles, threw the discus 22.09m, cleared 2.63m in the pole vault, threw the javelin 29.19m, and finished things off with a strong 4:45.06 in the 1500. Telicki finished 9thoverall, with 5186 points.
On Friday, the Ephs also competed in the long jump and the 10,000. In the long jump, Will Kingham '22 leapt 6.56m, placing 10th. In the 10,000, Jenks Hehmeyer '20 ran a smart race, negative-splitting over the second 5k to finish in 32:44.34, finishing 8th. Matthew Peacock '21 followed close behind 32:50.60, in 9th. Chris Avila '21 followed in 33:08.91, in 12th. Franklin Reilly '22 rounded out the Ephs in 34:03.26, in 15th.
On Saturday, the Ephs concluded competition. In the pole vault, Marshall Borrus '20 cleared the bar at 4.01m, finishing 19th. In the triple jump, John Zhou '22 took 5thplace in 13.79m, a personal best by 11 cm. Bariki Innis '21 finished 1stin his flight and 9thoverall, leaping 13.50m, a 20 cm personal best. Co-captain Ian Kagame '19 finished 7thin the high jump, clearing 1.93m. Danny Renwick '21 finished 10th, clearing 1.88m.
On the track, the Ephs made the most of the good conditions, running fantastic times. In the 3000 meter steeplechase, Jacob Kahrs '19 ran a gutsy race despite and early fall, finishing 3rdin 9:29.31. Ryan Watson '22 ran a measured, intelligent race, finishing 8thin 9:44.36. David Azzara '19 ran an intelligent race himself, moving up through the field to finish emphatically in 9:50.84, for 10thoverall. In the 4x100, the Ephs finished 1stin their heat and 13thoverall in a new season-best of 43.85. The team comprised Kingham, Karol Regula '21, Nolan Holley '22, and Chris Bassett '22.
In the 1500, Tristan Colaizzi '20 ran a great race, closing hard to finish 2ndin 3:53.15, a substantial season best. First-year Elias Lindgren '22 impressed, himself, with a nearly 4 second personal best of 3:54.34 to finish 6th. Co-captain Lucas Estrada '20 finished 12thin 3:59.57. In the 400 dash, Elliott Fong '19 ran a season-best 50.18, finishing 12th. In the 800, Jett Ballantyne '22 ran a fantastic race, closing hard to finish 10thoverall and 2ndin his heat in 1:55.10.
In the 5000, co-captain Zeke Cohen '19 ran a gutsy race, taking the lead with three laps to go and never relinquishing it, winning his first collegiate track race in 14:54.18, a personal best by 16 seconds. Nick Gannon '20 finished 7thin 15:11.59. Jake Lange '21 rounded out the Ephs in 17th, in 15:32.90. The Ephs closed out the meet with a strong relay performance in the 4x400. The Ephs finished 9thin 3:24.35, fielding a team of Holley, Bassett, Regula, and Fong.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was pleased with the team's performance, saying, "I thought that was a great meet for us as a team. We had some seniors throw down and absolutely maximize their final championship meet at home. And we had some returns and first-years really show the future strength of the program as well. Some teams feel like NESCACs takes a lot out of you and it can be difficult to reload for NEs. Those in uniform this week proved that all that is in your head and is simply self-limiting thoughts."
The Ephs will next compete Friday, May 10, at the NEICAAA Championship. The meet will be hosted by Southern Connecticut.