WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. - The Williams men's track and field team begins their 2019 indoor campaign at the Boston University Season Opener on December 7th.
The Ephs had a strong finish to the cross country season, winning the NESCAC and Regional Championships. The team finished third at the NCAA Championship with Aidan Ryan '21 and Ryan Cox '20 securing All-America honors. Elias Lindgren '22, captain Tristan Colaizzi '20, William McGovern '20, Kenneth Marshall '20, and Nick Gannon '21 also had strong performances to secure the third place finish.
Filling out the distance and mid-distance squads are Chris Avila '21, Benjamin Hearon '20, Jenks Hehmeyer '20, Peter Kirgis '20, Hamza Mankour '21, Franklin Reilly '21, Sam Schraver '22, and Sam Wischnewsky '20. Jake Lange '21, who finished 8th in the 5000m at the indoor DIII New England Championship last season also returns. The 4x800m relay team, comprised of Jett Ballantyne '22, Kevin LaFleche '20, Lindgren, and Colaizzi certainly carried its success from indoor DIII New England's last season -- where they finished 1st -- into the cross country season; now they must try to extend this progress into this indoor season.
Sprinters have worked hard and appear ready for the start of the season. Cole O'Flaherty '21 will look to continue his top performances in the 400m and 200m, where he finished 2nd and 4th at indoor DIII New England's last season. Trent Hall '21 will return to the sprinters after an injury cut short his indoor season last year. Although the 4x400m relay team graduated one runner, the returning athletes -- Nolan Holley '22, Chris Bassett '22, Karol Regula '21 -- hope to maintain the success that brought them to 10th overall at DIII New England's.
Field events are looking strong, too. The young group of Will Kingham '22, Sam Mecha '21, Jacob Rosenberg '22, John Zhou '22 will carry the responsibility of the horizontal jumps. For vertical jumps, Marshall Borrus '20 and Carson Kurtz '22 will cover the pole vault, along with high jumpers Danny Renwick '21-- who is returning from an injury last season -- and James Dunivan '20. Frank Scheck '20 and Scott Fineberg '22 will take care of throws, with captain Mykel Miller '20 joining when he returns from injury.
The heptathlon will be led by Ben Telicki '22, who finished 10th at DIII New England's last year.
There is a strong contingent of juniors going abroad, namely Bariki Innis, Matthew Peacock, Chris Heckelman, Felix Biwott, and Sam Gilman. For these athletes, the BU Season Opener meet will likely be the only one of their indoor seasons.
There is, however, a surprisingly large freshman class hoping to fill these gaps and support the team. The nineteen first-years -- Jackson Anderson, Ethan Cooper, Caleb Dittmar, Dylan Fitzgerald, Grant Gattuso, Oliver Hall, Brandon Hashemi, Danny Irvine, Victor Kilel, Simon Kissam, KJ Kogawa, Nick Langel, Sam Riley, Adam Roupas, Will Spollen, Will Titus, and Kevin Zhang -- make up the class of 2023, representing a plethora of different events.
"My goals for this season are the same as they are for every season, which is to take a small step forward," said head coach Ethan Barron. "I want to get back to my favorite part of track, which is getting excited about something to chase and seeing if you can go get it. It's obvious we leveled up since NESCACs last season so I'm excited to see where that will lead over the next six months as we fine tune and adjust on the foundation we've already built."