Men's Track Kicks off the Season at the Boston University Season Opener

Cole O'Flaherty '21
Cole O'Flaherty '21

BOSTON, MASS. -- The Williams men's track and field team opened the indoor season with a strong showing at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener at Boston University on Saturday, December 7th. The Ephs put up some solid marks across the board with many athletes setting personal bests, seeing one school record set in the process.

The day kicked off with a great performance from the lone thrower competing at the meet, Scott Fineberg 22', who had a solid season opener in the shot put before throwing a personal-best 13.98 meters in the weight throw.

The first event on the track was the 60m hurdles, with Ben Telicki '22 and Jackson Anderson '23 putting together excellent races and qualifying for the finals. Telicki ran a personal best 8.83 seconds, while Anderson placed fourth overall at his very first college meet, in 8.52 seconds.

Eph sprinters also started the season on a positive note, with eight athletes competing in the 400m. Cole O'Flaherty '21 led the way, coming through in 49.85 seconds, good for sixth overall. Freshman Adam Roupas '23 followed, with 51.26 seconds, while Nolan Holley '22, Chris Bassett '22, and KJ Kogawa '23 also opened the season with strong performances. Isaki Wada-Law was the lone Eph competing in the 200 meters, coming through in 24.22 seconds, good for third in his heat. The Ephs fielded a 4 x 400 meter relay team of Kogawa, Telicki, Holley, and O'Flaherty, with every runner doubling back from previous races.

The jumpers also put up some solid performances, with Sam Mecha '21, Jacob Rosenberg 22', and Will Kingham '22 competing in the long jump. Rosenberg returned for the triple jump, and was joined by John Zhou '22, Bariki Innis '21, and Dylan Fitzgerald '23. Zhou and Innis looked to continue the string of excellent performances from last spring. Innis put together some great jumps, finishing 8th overall with a best jump of 13.23 meters, while Zhou followed in 9th, with 13.17 meters. In the high jump, Danny Renwick '21 placed 4th overall with a great season opener of 2.00 meters, while James Dunivan '20 returned with a jump of 1.90 meters.

The Eph pole vaulters, Marshall Borrus '20, Carson Kurtz '22, and Sam Riley '23 opened the season with a lot of spirit and great performances off which to build. Riley and Kurtz qualified for the Division III New England meet at the first time of asking, with jumps of 4.15 meters.

The distance runners looked to carry the momentum from their excellent cross-country season, in which the men's team placed 3rd at Division III Nationals. The day started with the men's mile. Ben Hearon '20 led the way for the Ephs, while Ryan Watson '22 and Will Titus '23 also opened the season with solid races.

The men's 3k followed, with cross-country All-American Aidan Ryan '21 breaking the Williams' school record, NESCAC record, and putting up one of the top 10 fastest Division III times ever in the event, in 8:08.96, good enough for 4th overall in a very deep field. Elias Lindgren '22 followed, with a huge personal best of 8:20.87, and Tristan Colaizzi '20, who finished in 8:25.94, placing 12th overall. The day concluded with the 5k, where five Ephs competed in the grueling 25-lap race. Will McGovern '20 delivered a fantastic performance, competing against a stacked field including numerous Division I and professional runners, finishing in 14th 14:33.57. Ryan Cox '20 and Kenneth Marshall '20 also finished the day on a strong note, finishing in 14:49.80 and 14:53.97 respectively.

The Ephs will look to build off their stellar start at their next meet, The Little Three Championship at Wesleyan, in Middletown, CT, on January 11th.