Men’s track and field beat the odds last Saturday to defeat Tufts by 12 points, 195-183, in a close battle for the NESCAC championship at Hamilton College’s Walter H. Pritchard Track and Field Complex.
The key events responsible for the Ephs’ victory were the middle distance races – specifically, the 1500, the 400 and the 800. There were no Tufts finishers in the top-10 of either the 1500 and the 800, while Williams placed five runners among those spots.
In the 1500, Mack Chaffee ’09 continued his season-long consistency with a fast 3:54.41 for third place. By snagging seventh place, Brian Cole ’11 (3:57.07) had the best performance thus far in his Williams career. The 800 featured standout Edgar Kosgey ’10, Mack Brickley ’08 and Chris Beeler ’08 in 4-5-7 finishes. The 400 was the strongest Williams race of the day Ephs swept the top four places, finishing within one second of each other. Deividas Seferis ’09 led the purple pack with a blazing 49.05, as Andrew Arons ’08 followed in 49.46. Alex Hoerman ’09 and Taylor Fitzgerald ’11 completed the sweep with times of 49.61 and 49.73, respectively.
The 400 hurdles were another source of success for the Ephs as Williams placed four runners in the top-10. Stewart Buck ’09 continued his role as the team’s top 400 hurdler, finishing second overall in 55.49 seconds. Matt Sullivan ’11 ran 56.18 for fourth place, Jared Oubre ’08 ran 56.67 and Matt Desir ’08 finished in 57.57.
The field events were a battleground with Tufts and Williams athletes going back-and-forth for every point. In the long jump, two Tufts jumpers placed eighth and ninth, while Henry Montalbano ’10 placed tenth with a jump of 5.98 meters. Isaac Nicholson ’11 took eleventh place with 5.97 meters. John Dingee ’10, David Kessel ’08 and Steve Rubin ’11 took places 7-8-9 in the triple jump, as Tufts athletes claimed second and 10th.
In the javelin, Andrew DeSalvo ’08 threw 49.90 meters for sixth place, finishing behind two Tufts throwers who claimed fourth and fifth. The see-sawing continued in the hammer throw as Matt Farley ’11 threw 48.73 meters for third place, and Tufts’ Joe Brown finished in fourth with 48.48.
A similar clash occurred in the 100 and 200. Arons and Seferis went 1-2 in the 100, as Tufts’ Phil Rotella and Andrew Longley came in third and fourth respectively. The two teams claimed an identical finish, albeit with a slightly different line-up, in the 200. Seferis outleaned teammate Arons, 21.61 seconds to 21.65, as two Tufts runners closed quickly behind them. Fitzgerald came in fifth with a time of 22.62.
The 3000 steeplechase, 5000 and 10k kept alive the point-splitting from the field and sprint events. In the first running event of the day, Corey Watts ’10 ran a solid race to take second in the 10k with a time of 32:14. Tufts stayed in the mix as its runners snagged fifth, seventh and eighth places. The Jumbos’ Jess Faller finished first in the 5000, while Williams’ Corey Levin ’08 placed third. Jeff Perlis ’10 snuck into the top-10 with a 15:34.64 minute finish for ninth place. Tufts got another win in the steeplechase but the steeple duo of Burgess and Oubre claimed the next two spots with times of 9:31.26 and 9:32.36, respectively.
Finally, The Ephs’ depth and talent came together nicely in the relay events as Williams took first place in the 4×100, 4×400 and distance-medley relay races.
This weekend the Ephs will head to New London, Conn., for the Div. III New England championships.