Men’s track came together and fought through a series of mishaps at the Indoor Div. III New England Championships hosted by MIT last weekend. With a team score of 58 points, Williams earned fourth place, and was just edged out of third by Bates with 59 points. MIT won the title on its home turf, while Tufts placed second.
In the sprinting events, Katakyie Ofori-Atta ’16 placed fourth in the 60 meter final with a time of 6.99 and is looking forward to
shaving down his times even more in the coming weeks to improve his national ranking. Co-captain Jared Nowell ’15 raced in the 60 meter as well, finishing with a season-best time of 7.15. Ofori-Atta and Nowell again raced together in the 200 meter, earning times of 23.14 and 23.21 for 11th and 12th place, respectively.
The 600 meter was critical for the Ephs, as the combined efforts of Andrew Beaudoin ’15 and Eric Schneider ’15 scored key points for the team. Beaudoin placed fourth with a time of 1:22.42, and Schneider was right on his heels in fifth place, finishing at 1:22.97. In the 1000 meter, Nick Wolf ’14, who ran a stellar 2:29.6 earlier this season, was unfortunately caught up midrace by a pileup of runners, but continued the race to finish in 2:42.68.
The 4×800 meter relay was unfortunately placed in the slower second heat. However, with a time of 7:52.91, the team was a full six seconds ahead of its closest competition in the heat and managed to upset the Tufts’ team for second place. In the distance medley, Williams placed third with a time of 10:32.39.
In the field events, Youle Chen ’17 placed sixth in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.88 meters, and Richie Beaton ’14 placed 14th in the long jump with a leap of 6.07 meters.
Reid Pryzant ’16 fared well in the indoor heptathlon, placing eighth with 4135 points.
Todd Ford ’16 earned 10th place in the mile with a time of 4:23. In the 3k, Aldis Inde ’15 turned in a huge performance for fourth place, running in 8:36. Cole Townsend ’15 was close behind Inde with a time of 8:39.19, and Peter Hale ’17 placed eighth in 8:42.69.
While other distance events may not have gone quite so smoothly, co-captain Chris Lee ’14 earned the title of New England indoor champion in the 5k with a spectacular kick in his final lap. “By the time the 5000 [meter] came I was so charged from my teammates’ races and was trying to put that into the last lap,” Lee said. Bijan Mazaheri ’16 placed fourth in the 5k with a time of 15:03.68.
Despite the rough patches, the team remains confident and optimistic as it pushes through championship season. “This weekend was really positive for our team,” Lee said. “We all came to play and muscled through some bad luck. It was a great performance overall, as many athletes ran extremely well and beat expectations.”
This weekend, the men will test their depth and versatility against athletes of all divisions at the All New England Championships at Boston University.