Men’s track wins NEs

Men’s track and field won the Div. III New England championship Saturday at Coast Guard, with a score of 151. The Ephs easily overtook second-place MIT by over 50 points, earning the majority of their points among the running events – as many runners claimed top finishes in their respective events.

One of the top performers of the day was Jared Oubre ’08, who won the 3000 steeplechase in a time of 9:22.12. Oubre, who has played JV basketball for Williams in past years, opted instead to devote this year’s winter to running. The transition has paid off for the dedicated senior. Each time he has raced he has improved dramatically – on Saturday, leading Grant Burgess ’08 in a 1-2 Williams finish.

The Ephs had other individual champions in the 1500 and the 200. In the 1500, Mack Chaffee ’09 blazed his way to gold in 3:52.78, while Andrew Arons ’08 took first in the 200 with a time of 21.61. Deividas Seferis ’09 joined Arons on the podium for another Williams 1-2 finish. Seferis crossed the line just .21 seconds behind Arons in time of 21.82. Arons (10.84) and Seferis (10.90) finished back-to-back again in the 100, placing third and fourth, respectively, behind Salem State’s Eddie Bynum III, who barely edged them out with a time of 10.65 seconds.

The 400 and 800 proved another resource for Eph success. Alex Hoerman ’09 and Taylor Fitzgerald ’11 finished third and fourth, just .06 seconds apart. In the 800, Chaffee came back after the 1500 to take third in 1:54.40 seconds. He led Brian Cole ’11, who placed fifth in 1:54.86, and Edgar Kosgey ’10 (eighth, 1:55.20).

In the longest races of the day – the 5000 and 10k runs – the two Coreys came through with strong finishes. In the 10,000, which was held on Friday night, Corey Levin ’08 finished second with a personal record of 31:34.82, with classmate Jim Clayton ’08 coming into his own with another personal record of 31:45.08. Corey Watts ’10 went all out in the 5000, placing fifth and nearly breaking the 15:00 barrier in a time of 15:05.39.

The rest of the team’s points came from stellar performances in field events ranging from the shot put to the hurdles. Andrew DeSalvo ’08 took second in the shot, throwing 14.92 meters, just missing matching the first place he earned at the Div. III indoor track and field championships. The team’s two top hurdlers came through in their events as Stew Buck ’09 and Matt Sullivan ’11 finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 400 hurdles. In the triple jump, John Dingee ’10 took seventh with a leap of 13.65 meters, and Isaac Nicholson ’11 scored 5424 points in the decathlon to end in fifth.

The Ephs now set their sights on the Div. I New England championships, before getting ready for ECACs and the NCAA championships.