Williamstown, MA—Two members of the men's track and field team, Tristan Colaizzi '20 and Aidan Ryan '21, head today to the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio to compete in the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Both athletes are competing in the 1500 meters, while Ryan is also competing in the 5000 meters.
Ryan is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign that has included two NESCAC titles (in the 1500 and 5000, respectively), an NEICAAA title (in the 5000), a Division III New England title (in the indoor 3000), and a 3rdplace finish at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship (in the indoor 3000). He has not lost a race this season. Ryan is seeded 8thin the 1500 with a seed time of 3:49.83, which he achieved at the Williams Final Qualifier invite on May 15. He is seeded 9thin the 5000, with a seed time of 14:23.22, which he achieved at the NEICAAA Championship. With his championship experience and continuing momentum this season, Ryan looks poised to contest for All-America honors in each event (top-8 in each event).
Colaizzi, who finished 8thin the 1500 at this meet last year, has spent this year sharpening his speed. Colaizzi contested the 800 at this year's NCAA Indoor Championship, finishing 15thin the prelims. This outdoor season, Colaizzi notched a personal best in the 200 and a collegiate best in the 400. His newfound speed paid off at the Williams Final Qualifier, where he ran a personal best in the 1500 by over a second, running 3:51.28. His time is seeded 12thin the field. Colaizzi is no stranger to navigating the tactical rounds of a championship 1500, and finished an All-American last year despite entering the meet as the 20thand final seed.
Both athletes will compete in the prelims of the 1500 at 4:10 PM ET on Thursday, May 23. Should either or both athletes make the finals (finishing among the top 12 of the prelims), they will compete in the finals at 12:35 PM on Saturday, May 25. Ryan will compete in the 5000 finals (this event lacks a preliminary round) at 3:25 PM on the same day.
Head Coach Ethan Barron said, "Aidan and Tristan are exactly where they need to be. Like all meets, seeds don't mean anything at this point. Tristan proved that last year. Thursday, we'll have two fierce competitors toeing the line. I have no doubt that they'll do what they've done all year…take the uniform off proud of everything they did while wearing it…and then do the same again on Saturday."