Men's Track Finishes 3rd at the Dartmouth Invitational

Men's Track Finishes 3rd at the Dartmouth Invitational

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Williamstown, MA--On Saturday, the majority of the Williams Men's Track & Field team travelled to Hannover, NH, to compete at the Dartmouth Invitational. The Ephs took third place among a field of Division I and II teams, with many athletes putting up some season's best performances and Division III New England (DIII NE) qualifying marks. Perhaps most notably, the Ephs brought the noise and energy all day, cheering and supporting teammates from the first event to the last.

The meet kicked off on the runway, with Jacob Rosenberg '22 jumping a season's best 6.01m in the Long Jump, finishing 11th overall. James Dunivan '20 set a new personal best in the Triple Jump, improving his mark to 11.92m. Dunivan's mark was good for 6th place in the event, contributing to the team's overall score. Williams' pole vaulters had a solid day, with Freshman Sam Riley '23 and Senior Marshall Borrus '20 placing 5th and 7th respectively. Borrus set a new indoor personal best of 4.00m. 

Williams put up some impressive marks in the throws. Seniors Frank Scheck '20 and Mykel Miller '20 had strong days. Scheck achieved a new personal best in the Weight Throw, finishing with a throw of 13.52m, good for 8th overall. In the Shot Put, Miller qualified for DIII NE, with a new personal best of 13.50m, also placing 8th.

The Ephs had an especially strong day on the track. The first running event was the 5k, with Senior Jake Lange '20 and Freshman Will Spollen '23 taking first and second respectively. Paced by Coach Jamie Norton, Lange ran a smart race finishing in a season's best 15:19.35, comfortably qualifying for DIII NE. The Eph distance runners continued this success in the 3000m, with Ryan Cox '20 setting a new personal best of 8:39.17, good for fourth, and Kenneth Marshall '20 also achieving a personal best of 8:43.11, qualifying for DIII NE.

The members of the Williams' mid-distance squad were especially crucial to the team's success, scoring double-digit points in the 800m and the Mile, also putting up points in the 1000. In the 800, Captain Tristan Colaizzi '20 and Kevin LaFleche '20 battled it out, with Colaizzi finishing 3rd and LaFleche placing 4th in what proved to be an incredibly close race. Peter Kirgis '20 and Ben Hearon '20 came through in 2:30.65 and 2:34.85, both smashing the DIII NE qualifying mark. In the Mile—perhaps the most exciting race of the day—Nick Gannon '20 outlasted teammate Elias Lindgren '22, with the pair of Ephs finishing 1st and 2nd overall, beating out a field of Division I opposition. Gannon finished in 4:17.53, while Lindgren was just behind in 4:18.01. Ryan Watson '22 also put together a strong race, qualifying for DIII NE with a time of 4:24.87.

The lone Eph hurdler, Danny Renwick '21, had a fantastic day, Renwick won the 60m hurdles, in a season's best time of 8.58 seconds, scoring ten points for the team, and dusting his opponents in both the prelims and finals.

In the sprints, the Ephs continued to put up some solid performances. Junior Karol Regula '21 was the Ephs' best performer in the 200m, coming across in a season's best 24.21 seconds. In the 400m, Nolan Holley '22 placed third, in a season's best time of 51.52 seconds, qualifying for DIII NE. Chris Bassett was close behind in a solid 52.05 seconds.

The meet came down to the final event, the 4 x 400m relay. The Ephs' "A" relay team, consisting of Holley '22, Bassett '22, Kevin Zhang '23, and Colaizzi '20, finished third overall, in a time of 3:28.21. Colaizzi, the relay's anchor leg, battled back to out-lean a strong Merrimack College team, besting them by .01 seconds.

Overall, the team has many positives to take into the following weeks. In addition to many season's best performances, the slew of DIII NE qualifiers signifies that the Ephs' hard work this Indoor season is truly starting to pay off. The Ephs hope to continue this success, as championship season fast approaches. Junior Cole O'Flaherty '21 added, "mid-d and distance really brought it today, and that's definitely an embodiment of how our fitness is starting to come together."

The team will compete next weekend, with some runners competing at the Boston University Valentine Invitational on February 15th, while others will remain at Williams to compete at the Ephs' "Field & Track" Meet.