Men’s track earns final qualifying times

Last weekend, men’s track split up to race at two different meets, the Scarlet and White Invitational hosted by Boston University and the Cupid Challenge at Tufts.

At Tufts, the relay team of co-captain Nick Wolf ’14, Eric Schneider ’15, Andrew Beaudoin ’15 and Todd Ford ’16 ran a blazing distance medley relay, crossing the finish line in 10:03. The first leg of the medley was the 1200 meter, which Wolf completed in 3:03.  He then handed the baton to Schneider, who ran a speedy 0:50 split for the 400 meter leg of the race. Beaudoin then sped through the 800 meter leg of the race in 1:55. Ford anchored the team with a 4:15 mile split, providing a nice follow-up to his new school record of 4:09. “The distance medley relay had a great performance that put them in eighth place nationally and the team should only improve from here which is great news for the future,” co-captain Jared Nowell ’15 said.

Later that day in the 600 meter, Beaudoin came back and finished in 1:23.26 for fourth place. Connor Mulhall ’17 ran in the 400 meter with a time of 56.88, which qualifies him for the Div. III New England Championships. In the mile, Nigel Bates ’17 ran a 4:35.95 for 24th place. Hiroshi Kirby ’17 and James Pappas ’17 ran in the 5k, earning times of 15:50.92 and 16:14.48, respectively.

In the field events, Matthew Marcarelli ’17 came in 19th overall in the weight throw with a toss of 12.48 meters. John Dillon ’17, Olivier Joseph ’17 and Chris Lyons ’17 also competed in the event with throws of 12.02 meters, 11.55 meters and 10.62 meters, respectively. “Our young throwers, all first-years, have improved quickly in events they have never done before,” Assistant Coach Pete Farwell ’73 said.

Over at Boston University, the competition included several Div. I schools, such as Northeastern and Dartmouth.

In the sprints, Nowell placed 19th overall in the 200 meter, with a time of 22.85. For the 400 meter, Keith Owiti ’17 and Kevin Persons ’16 finished in 50.81 and 50.94, respectively. “400 [meter] runners Kevin Pearson and Keith Owiti cut nearly two seconds off their times, and Jared Nowell notched a 200 meter qualifying time,” Farwell said.

Steven Yannacone ’17 ran a fast 800 meter time of 1:56.00. “[Yannacone] continues a strong first season by running a 1:56 in the 800 [meter] and is in place to do very well going on in the future,” Nowell said.

In the 3000 meter, both Cole Townsend ’15 and Peter Hale ’17 qualified for the Div. III New England Championships with times of 8:38.98 and 8:44.60, respectively.

In the high jump, Ian Outhwaite ’17 cleared a height of 1.85 meters for fifth place. Nolan Raimo ’16 placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 6.37 meters.

These two meets mark the transition into the post-season for the Ephs, and they are in great shape to take on the challenges posed to them by the championship meets coming up. This weekend, the men will be competing at Springfield for the Div. III New England Championships.

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