Track and field solid at GBTC Invitational, prepares for MIT

Members of the men’s and women’s track and field team traveled to Cambridge, Mass., on Sunday to compete at the Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) Invitational held at Harvard University’s Gordon Indoor Track, one of the fastest banked-track facilities in the Northeast.

Williams’ distance runners took advantage of the spring-board track surface and enjoyed a day of relative speed – no one ran an event longer than 3000 meters on the day.

In the men’s 3000, Wes Reutimann ’02 led the Williams contingent in 8:43.54, placing him 13th in the assembled field. Zach Blume ’02 ran an indoor personal best of 9:02.25, as did fellow senior Fred Hines ’02, who, after holding a conservative pace through his middle laps, accelerated in the final 600 meters to cross the line in 9:12.71.

Shamus Brady ’04 ran 4:22.47 to place eighth overall in the first heat of the men’s mile; in the second heat, Mitchell Baker ’04 clocked 4:27.41, and finished in 13th place.

Baker broke away from the confines of the second-flight pack with three laps remaining, taking the lead for 400 meters until two racers passed him on the final backstretch. Kevin Reilly ’02 and Chris Garvin ’03 competed in the 800-meter run, claiming third and fifth, respectively, in 1:57.43 and 1:57.75.

Captain Jamiyl Peters ’02 sprinted to times of 7.11 and 7.10 in the trial and semi-final flights of the 60-meter dash, and hit 23.23 in the 200-meter open. Chuck Jakobsche ’04 and Scott Farley ’02 ran 51.13 and 51.69, respectively, in the 400-meter dash. Farley, Reilly, Peters and Jakobsche later combined for 3:23.71 in the 4×400-meter relay.

In the field events, Kali Gairy ’04 cleared 6’ 6″ for fourth place in the high jump; Richard Chau ’02 marked 47’ 5″ in the weight throw, placing sixth; and Trey Wright ’03 and captain Dave Fontes ’02 took third and sixth in the shot put, heaving for 50’ 7.25″ and 44’ 3.5″, respectively.

In the women’s shot put, Anna Swisher ’05 marked 37’ 5.75″. Torrey Baldwin ’04 bettered both her personal best and NCAA provisional qualification in the weight throw, this time sending the 20-pound ball-and-sling 46’ 3.25″. Captain Diane Williams ’02 and Swisher threw 44’ 1.75″ and 38’ 0″, respectively.

Audrey Lumley-Sapanski ’04 and Meredith Jones ’04 were a double threat in the triple jump – Lumley-Sapanski set a season personal-best with her jump of 35’ 7″; Jones followed her with a mark of 35’ 0.25″. Jones also tied for sixth place in the pole vault at 10’ 0.75″.

Jenn Campbell ’05 moved through the first flight of the women’s mile at a slow burn until there was no one left in front of her, sealing her win with an unapproachable kick to finish in 5:04.92, thereby earning herself a provisional-qualifying berth for the Div. III NCAA Championships at Ohio Northern University in March. Kali Moody ’05 found her own pace in the second flight of the mile, closing her last 400 meters in 74 seconds, earning a total time of 5:17.60.

Katie Marsh ’05 (5:26.97), Danner Hickman ’05 (5:27.54) and Erin Kempster ’04 (5:30.18) rounded out Williams’ fleet of milers.

Captain Julia Bensen ’03 clipped her way to a 10:12.29 in the women’s 3000-meters, placing fifth overall. Captain Janna Rearick ’02 and Colleen Doody ’03 wove through tight traffic in their heat of the 800-meter run to place eighth and tenth, respectively, in 2:20.97 and 2:21.30.

Three alumni once again represented the elite ranks of the Williams Track Club: Dusty Lopez ’01 ran 8:46.61 for 3000 meters; Tara Crowley ’00, currently one of the team’s assistant coaches, breezed to 5:09.78 in the open mile and Trevor Bayliss ’99, also an assistant coach, broke the two-minute barrier in the 800-meter run with his time of 1:59.76.

On Saturday, Williams will welcome a strong team from the Michigan Institute of Technology to the Ephs’s own Towne Field House.

The Williams men, in particular, will have their hands full – the Engineers are looking to avenge the dual-meet loss they suffered last January when the Ephmen beat them by three-and-a-half points. Both teams are counting the days remaining until their dual-meet duel.