Men and women’s track place second at Dartmouth Invitational

Small contingents of the men’s and women’s track-and-field teams traveled to Dartmouth’s Leverone Field House last Sunday for the 2003 Dartmouth Invitational.

Despite thin ranks, the men placed second (57) behind the hosts themselves (138). Thanks to critical points in the shot put, the last event of the day, the Ephs moved ahead of Universite de Sherbrooke (54). The women rallied 36 points for fourth behind Wheaton (77.83), Dartmouth (66) and UMass-Lowell (38).

Men’s captain Trey Wright ’03 and Dan Austin ’05 combined for 12 points from the shot circle, putting the grapefruit-sized weight 53’5.75″ and 50’10.75″ for second and fourth places, respectively.

Caleb Bliss ’05 marked 44’3.25″ for 12th, and Aaron Wilson ’04 put 41’10.5″ for 15th. Austin whirled to second in the weight throw, sending the ball-and-net 56’10.25″. JJ O’Brien ’05 took 14th with his effort of 40’2″.

Women’s captain Healy Thompson ’03 earned fourth in the shot at 45’3.75″, with Anna Swisher ’05 (10th, 39’10.75″), Katie Krause ’06 (19th, 35’10.75″) and Robin Young ’05 (24th, 33’10.75″) marking out behind her. Thompson scored another fourth place in the weight toss, sending the sling 53’8.5″. Torrey Baldwin ’04 followed at 42’6″ for 15th.

Kyle McDermott ’05 led Williams in the triple-jump with his fifth-place distance of 39’6″. Markus Burns ’06 landed a quarter-inch behind at 39’5.75″ for sixth, and Matt Greenawalt ’06 sealed up seventh at 39’1.75.

Among the women, Melissa Daly ’03, Torrey Baldwin ’04 and Audrey Lumley-Sapanski ’04 hit the sand 13th, 14th, and 16th at 32’3.5″, 32’00″, and 31’10.25″, respectively. Jumps-and-throws coach Fletcher Brooks restricted his crew to a short runway approach, intentionally limiting the number of accelerating steps they could take before beginning their jump series.

“A short approach means that your focus has to be much more on the technical aspect of things,” McDermott said. “You have to jump from the same board you usually do, but you don’t get much of a running start.”

Brooks issued the same instructions for the long jump. Jeff Ossinger ’05 was able to break 20 feet at 20’1.75″ for 11th place, while Burns and McDermott collected 13th and 14th at 19’3.25″ and 19’2″.

On the 200-meter oval, Neal Holtschulte ‘06 was the men’s sole champion of the day, taking over the 5000 meters in 15:40.24 to earn himself a new backpack, courtesy of Dartmouth.

Neal Hannan ’03 paced with Holtschulte through two of the 3.1 miles before slipping back to fourth in 15:59.22. Matt Winkler ’04 and Shamus Brady ’04 hammered through their heat of the 3000 meters, trading the lead in the inside lane until stopping the clock at 8:48.96 and 8:53.33, respectively, sorting out to 12th and 15th in the final results. Adrian Martinez ’06 worked to a 9:41.82 for 32nd overall.

In the middle-distances, Chuck Jakobsche ’04 churned to fifth in the open 400 meters in 50.51, a respectable early-season mark. Captain Mike Sheehan ’03 hit the line tenth in the open 800 meters in 2:03.27, and the trio of Tim Austin ’03, Eli Lazarus ’04 and Jeff Garland ’03 jostled through the third heat of the men’s mile to arrive in 4:37.44, 4:50.33, and 5:01.72.

The men gradually accumulated points in the relays, grinding out fourth in the 4×200 at 1:35.05, fourth in the 4×800 at 8:18.95 and fourth in the distance medley relay (four legs of 1200, 400, 800 and 1600 meters) at 11:01.04. The Ephs’ 4×400-meter squad hung on for sixth in 3:30.78.

Jenn Campbell ’05, Afton Johnson ’05, Kali Moody ’05 and Caroline Cretti ’06 ran away with the distance medley relay in the women’s meet, clocking in at 12:25.93.

Earlier in the afternoon, Cretti and Campbell took second and fourth in the 3000 meters in 10:06.16 and 10:12.62 behind Dartmouth’s Betsy Burke, who won the event in 10:01.92, and Williams assistant coach Tara Crowley ’00, who kicked to third in 10:05.40.

Katie Marsh ’05 moved among a Tufts-laden pack to 12th in 10:49.62. With their times of 10:54.58 and 11:12.67 in the second heat, Susie Theroux ’05 and Emily Welsh ’05 sorted out to 18th and 26th overall.

Kaitlin Fulton ’06 was Williams’s only representative in the sprints, hitting 7.61 seconds for 18th in the 55-meter dash. The women’s 4×400-meter relay motored in 12th with their time of 4:24.50.

Next week the entire team will board buses for Tufts University in Medford, Mass., to test the clock and stretch the tape at the 2003 Jumbo Stampede.