UTICA, NY – While the rest of the team was competing at Dartmouth College, four men traveled to Utica College to compete in the heptathlon. Adam Roupas '23, Ben Telicki '22, Brandon Hashemi '23, and Jackson Anderson '23 took on the two-day event over Saturday and Sunday. This was the first heptathlon of the season and the first one in college for all of the first years.
Day 1 consisted of four events – 60 meter dash, long jump, shot put, and high jump. In the 60 meter dash, all athletes ran personal bests. Anderson earned 782 points by running 7.29 seconds, Telicki earned 726 points by running 7.46, Roupas earned 713 points by running 7.50, and Hashemi earned 659 points by running 7.67.
In the long jump, Anderson had a great leap of 6.57 meters, setting a new team season best and earning 713 points. Roupas jumped 6.10, earning 608 points. Hashemi jumped 5.09, earning 400 points. Telicki fouled his first two jumps, meaning that he had to make a legal jump on his third and final attempt to score in this event. Fortunately, he jumped 5.79. Although this is a short mark by his standards, he did well to salvage the event by earning 542 points.
The shot put is generally a weak event for most heptathletes, but the Ephs held their own. Anderson threw 9.59 meters, earning 461 points, Hashemi threw 9.16 for 435 points, and Telicki threw 9.05 for 429 points. Roupas, who had never competitively thrown shot before, tossed a respectable 8.04, earning 369 points.
In the high jump, Telicki made up more than any points he might have dropped in the long jump. He leaped a massive personal best of 1.84, a full nine centimeters over his previous best. He earned 661 points for this impressive jump. Anderson jumped 1.69, a lower height than he would have liked, but still earning himself 536 points. Roupas was right behind him, jumping 1.66 for 512 points. Hashemi took his first competitive high jumps, clearing 1.48 to earn 374 points.
At the end of Day 1, Anderson was in third place with 2492 points, Telicki was in fourth with 2358 points, Roupas was in sixth with 2202 points, and Hashemi was in tenth with 1868 points.
The next morning, Day 2 commenced with the 60 meter hurdles. Anderson ran 8.63 for 829 points, with Telicki close behind him, running 9.03 for 739 points. This was the first ever race at college height hurdles (three inches higher than high school hurdles) for Roupas, who ran 9.64 for 611 points. Hashemi, running his first ever hurdles race, clocked 10.89 for 385 points.
Next was the pole vault, another daunting event for athletes new to the heptathlon. Telicki set a new personal best by vaulting 3.45 meters, earning 469 points. Anderson cleared 2.85, also improving on his previous best in this event. For both Roupas and Hashemi, this was their first competitive vaulting experience. Roupas got up to 2.45, earning 231 points, and Hashemi cleared 2.15, earning 169 points.
With tired legs, the Ephs took on the final event of the heptathlon: the 1000 meter run. Telicki and Anderson finished side-by-side, both running 2:57 to earn 686 points. Hashemi was not far behind, running 2:59 for 665 points. Roupas crossed the line in 3:04, capping off his first heptathlon with 621 points.
At the end of the grueling two-day event, Anderson finished third with 4328 points and Telicki finished fourth with 4252 points. Both athletes qualified for the Division III New England Championship Heptathlon. Roupas finished eighth with 3665 points and Hashemi finished tenth with 3087 points. All four athletes made it onto the Williams All-Time Top 10 performances for the heptathlon.
Telicki and Anderson will compete in the DIII New England Championship on February 28th and 29th.