Men's Track and Field Finishes 2nd at Division III New England Championship

Men's Track and Field Finishes 2nd at Division III New England Championship

Springfield, MA—The men's track and field team completed the Division III New England Championship today. The Ephs delived a stellar performance, finishing 2nd of 24 scored teams, with 104 points. MIT finished 1st, with 171 points, with Tufts 2nd with 67.5.

The first Ephs up were Jackson Anderson '23 and Ben Telicki '22 in the Heptathalon. In the 60m hurdles, Anderson finished in 1st (good for 872 points) with a personal record of 8.45 seconds and Telicki in 7th (744 poitns), with a time of 9.01 seconds. Next the two ephs competed in the heptathalon pole vault: Telicki finished in 11th (393 points), clearing 3.15m, and Anderson tied for 8th (444 points), with an incredible progression of clears up to a massive personal record of 3.35m. Later in the meet, Telicki and Anderson went 5th (712 points) and 6th (706 points) respectively in the heptathalon 1000m. When all the points were tallied, Anderson finished in 4th overall with a personal record of 4660 points, and Telicki took 10th with 4146 points. 

In the weight throw, Scott Fineberg '22 had a breakout day, setting personal record after personal record. His opening throw of 14.66m surpassed his previous record by about 0.1m. Fineberg then proceeded to throw a half meter farther on his second throw (15.11m), and then again on his final attempt, finishing the day with a record of 15.55m. Coming into the event seeded last, Fineberg shattered expectations, qualifying for finals and taking 9th overall at the meet. And in the shot put, co-captain Mykel Miller '20 took 10th with a final mark of 13.54m.

Back on the track, in the 60m hurdles, Danny Renwick '21 took 11th overall with a time of 8.62 seconds. Renwick then competed in the high jump, clearing 1.87m to tie for 12th overall.  John Zhou '22 was the sole Eph in the triple jump this meet, ultimately taking 15th with a jump of 13.19m. 

As per precedent this season, the Williams mid-distance crew brought the heat and racked up points for the team. In the mile, the senior trio of Nick Gannon '20, co-captain Tristan Colaizzi '20, and Peter Kirgis '20 went 2nd, 4th, and 5th. Colaizzi led the field for most of the race, with Kirgis and Gannon moving up in the latter. The ephs finished strong, and Gannon set a new personal record with a time of 4:14.61 seconds. In the 600m Kevin LaFleche '20 took 3rd, setting a smooth personal record of 1:22.22 seconds.

Later, in the 1000m, Sam Schraver '22 and Ben Hearon '20 took 5th and 6th with times of 2:33.01 and 2:33.04 respectively. And then, in the 5000m the trio of Aidan Ryan '21, Elias Lindgren '22, and Ken Marshall '20 took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Ephs ran tactically, sitting behind Trinity for the first half of the race, until Ryan took the initiative and led the other two Ephs into leading positions which they held to the finish. In the 400m, Cole O'Flaherty '21, running on the inside from lane 2, took 4th overall in a time of 50.48 seconds. Nolan Holley '22 finished in 51.26 seconds, good for 13th overall. 

As the day drew to a close, the Ephs' 4x400 team, comprised of Holley, Chris Bassett '22, Adam Roupas '23, and O'Flaherty took 3rd overall in the penultimate event of the meet. Holley and Bassett got out fast, putting the Ephs in 1st, ahead of Springfield in their heat. Roupas performed incredibly off a recovery-focused season. In the final leg, O'Flaherty dealt with jostling and boxing, but ran a tough race and the team ultimately took 2nd in their heat with a time of 3:24.55. 

And in the final event of the day, the Ephs' 4x800 ran arguably the most exciting race of the day. The team of Schraver, in his 3rd event of the two-day meet, Hearon, Kirgis, and LaFleche, climbed their way from the middle of the pack up to 3rd in their heat and 3rd overall in the end. Schraver and Hearon kept the Ephs competitive, running strong in the middle of the pack, and Kirgis and LaFleche ran down several teams to finish in a time of 8:10.83 seconds.

On Friday, the Ephs had competed in the heptathlon, pole vault, distance medley relay, and 5000m.

Anderson '23 and Telicki '22 had started the day off for the Ephs in the heptathlon. In the 60 meter dash, Anderson took 3rd with a personal best of 7.18 seconds (816 points), and Telicki took 10th (716 points) in 7.49 seconds.  In the long jump, Anderson again took 3rd with a mark of 6.62m (725 points) on his final attempt. Telicki leapt 5.95m, for 10th (576 points) again as well. 

In the next event, the shot put, Anderson set another personal record, putting the shot 10.99m, good for 6th overall (545 points). Telicki threw 9.45m, good for 11th (453 points). In the final event of the day, the high jump, Anderson and Telicki tied for 9th, both clearing 1.71m. At the end of Day One, Anderson was in 4th (2638 points) and Telicki in 10th (2297 points). 

Carson Kurtz '22 continued the competition for the Ephs in the pole vault. Kurtz cleared 4.25m on his first attempt, finishing in 11th overall. 

In the distance medley relay, the team of Ryan Watson '22, Chris Bassett '22, Sam Schraver '22, and Colaizzi '20 took 1st, setting the foundation of the Ephs' strong position heading into Day Two. All members of the relay ran hard, tactical races, and ultimately Colaizzi, in the 1600m leg, would move the team up to first. 

In the 5000m, Ryan Cox '20 and Will McGovern '20 went 1st and 2nd respectively. Cox came in at 14:40.37, a new personal record, and McGovern finished in 14:41.36. Jake Lange '21 and Chris Avila '21 were the other ephs in the event, taking 11th and 18th respectively. 

At the end of the first day of the meet, the Ephs were in 1st place with 28 points, and at the end of the second day, the Ephs ultimately took 2nd place. Head coach Ethan Barron was more than pleased with everyone's performance on the track racing and off of it cheering the team on saying, "Now all we need to do is bring that same energy and repeat it again in the spring."

The Ephs will return to compete this coming Saturday, March 7th at the Tufts Qualifier.