Men’s track places 2nd at UMass Invitational

Although Amherst, Mass. has long been the hometown of Williams’ archrival, the Ephs headed there last Saturday for a different mission than the usual competition with the Jeffs. Men’s track was set to compete at UMass-Amherst’s UMass Invitational. The team’s strong efforts earned them 99 points and second place behind the University of Albany (236 points) and – as an added bonus – a victory over Amherst.

Williams’ field event competitors contributed strongly to the Eph’s second-place finish. In the triple jump, John Dingee ’10, David Kessel ’08 and Steve Rubin ’11 placed second, sixth and seventh, respectively. In the throws, Andrew DeSalvo ’08 threw 48-00.75 feet in the shot, as Syvad Young ’11 came in seventh with a toss of 41-10.75 feet. Young placed one better in the discus, throwing 121 feet to garner sixth place. Matt Farley ’11 threw 144-05 in the hammer for fifth place, while Dingee came back from the jumps to place eighth in the javelin, as he threw 142-07 feet.

The graduating duo of Andrew Arons ’08 and Deividas Seferis ’08 put forth a strong showing in the sprints. Arons, who doubled up in the 100 and 200, placed second in the latter with a time of 21.70 seconds, and Seferis followed him just .14 seconds back for third. In the 100, Arons ran 10.97 seconds for third place.

The middle-distance squad, led by Edgar Kosgey ’10 in the 800, also had a standout day. Kosgey placed second in the half-mile race, running one of the team’s fastest times this year: 1:52.85 seconds. In the 1500, Mack Brickley ’08 led all Eph competitors with a seventh-place finish (4:00.8).

The distance runners also found success at the Invitational. In the 5000, four Ephs placed in the top-10. They were led by Corey Levin ’08, who crossed the tape in 15:09.78. Morgan Seybert ’08 (15:24.57) and Jim Clayton ’08 (15:33.78) placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Rounding out the top-10 was Jeff Perlis ’10, who just ducked under the 16:00-minute barrier with a time of 15:55.38.

The Eph’s hurdlers rounded out the team’s performance at the meet. In the 400 hurdles, Stew Buck ’08 placed second in 55.66, as Matt Desir ’08 came through in fourth place, less than half a second back in 56.91. In the steeplechase Grant Burgess ’08 scored Williams’ only individual men’s victory. He beat out all other competitors, finishing the 3000 meter race in 9:46.03.

Next week, the Ephs travel back to Amherst to compete head-to-head against the Jeffs and Wesleyan for the Little Three title.