ROCHESTER, NY - The Men's Track and Field team traveled to Nazareth College to compete in the Conference Challenge Cup on Saturday. Despite the long commute, the Ephs pulled out many great performances to win the meet with 110 points, just beating out Genesco with 108.
The day began with field events. In the long jump, Jackson Anderson '23 and Will Kingham '22 took 6th and 7th place. Both qualified for the D3 New England Championship with their best jumps. Anderson had a lifetime personal best of 6.42 meters and Kingham had a season best 6.40m. Danny Renwick '21 lept 1.84m in the high jump, securing 5th overall. John Zhou '22 triple jumped 13.29m, taking 5th with this indoor personal best.
In the throws, Frank Scheck '20, Mykel Miller '20, and Scott Fineberg '22 all competed in the weight throw and the shot put. With Miller returning from injury, the throws squad will look to improve throughout the season.
There were many strong performances in the sprints, too. Kevin Zhang '23 and Anderson both took 5th in the finals of the 60m dash and the 60m hurdles, respectively. Zhang's time in the preliminary heat of 7.21 puts him in the Williams All-Time Top Ten for the 60m dash.
In the 400m dash, Cole O'Flaherty ran 50.50 to secure 2nd. This season best is currently the 3rd fastest time in D3 New England. Ethan Cooper '23 took on the 500m run, an uncommon and difficult race. Being used to competing in both the 400m and the 600m, though, Cooper handled the race well, running 1:07.09 and placing 2nd overall.
Per usual, middle- and long-distance proved to be the Ephs' most dominant events. Will Titus '23 came in 3rd in the 1000m run with a time of 2:38.46, less than half a second off qualifying for the D3 New England Championship. In the mile, Aidan Ryan '21 and Tristan Colaizzi '20 finished 1st and 2nd. The Ephs earned an astonishing 31 points in the 3000m run, with Nick Gannon '20, Peter Kirgis '20, Kenneth Marshall '20, and Sam Wischnewsky '20 taking the top four and Ryan Watson '22 securing 7th. In the 5000m run, Will McGovern '20 and Ryan Cox '20 earned another 15 points for the Ephs by finishing 1st and 4th.
The meet was very close going into the final event, the 4x400m relay. Williams led Genesco by only 6 points. The relay team comprised of O'Flaherty, KJ Kogawa '23, Chris Bassett '22, and Cooper assured the meet victory by finishing 5th, despite the fact that Cooper, the anchor leg, pulled his hamstring 20m before the finish line.
"January is always a great training phase for us," said head coach Ethan Barron. "All that work is something that typically shows as gains in February. To be seeing the progress already is a great sign. The team competed great this weekend against some high-caliber teams. It should be another week of dominant training sessions with an off weekend for most of the team so we're looking to build on this momentum."
After this next weekend with no competition, the Ephs will travel to Dartmouth on February 8th.