Track sprints its way toward Nationals

Todd Ford ’16 qualified for NCAA Div. III Nationals in the mile.
Todd Ford ’16 qualified for NCAA Div. III Nationals in the mile.

Last week, men’s and women’s track sent runners to the Tufts Last Chance Meet on Thursday and to the ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass. on Saturday. These meets were the last two chances for runners to qualify for the NCAA Div. III Championships this Friday and Saturday at the University of Nebraska.

The Ephs sent four men to ECACs last Saturday. In the 400 meter, Keith Owiti ’17 won his heat with a time of 51.49. Andrew Beaudoin ’15 came back after racing the 800-meter leg of the distance medley relay at Tufts to race individually in the 800 meter at ECACs, and he placed fifth overall with a time of 1:54.75. In the mile, David Folsom ’17 finished in fourth place in 4:19.19. In the 3k, Peter Hale ’17 also raced well, finishing with a time of 8:37.39. “Peter Hale nailed the final two laps of the 3000 meter to pass six runners and place sixth in a new personal record,” Farwell said.

At ECACs, co-captain Amina Avril ’14 was crowned

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the champion in the weight throw with a toss of 18.27 meters. Louisa Lee ’14 competed in the 3000 meter, finishing with a time of 10:22.98. Emily Shea ’16 also ran in the event and posted a time of 10:55.46. Emma Zehner ’17 ran a strong race in the 5000 meter for a personal record time of 18:15.30

On Thursday at Tufts, three individual distance runners and the distance medley relay competed for the men. In the 5k, all three Ephs that raced placed in the top five and garnered indoor personal bests. “At Tufts, our three long distance leaders [co-captain Chris Lee ’14, Aldis Inde ’15 and Bijan Mazaheri ’16] went after a fast pace for the 25 laps of the 5000 meter, sharing pacing and pushing each other, but came up just short of the NCAA qualifying time, though, significantly, [it was] their best career indoor efforts,” Assistant Coach Pete Farwell ’73 said. Mazaheri was first for the team and came in second place overall with a time of 14:44.84. Lee placed fourth with a time of 14:48.74, and Inde came in fifth place with a time of 14:53.45.

The distance medley relay unfortunately did not earn a spot at Nationals this season either, but the team of Kyle Kistinger ’16 running the 1200-meter leg, Eric Schneider ’16 running the 400-meter leg, Beaudoin running the 800-meter leg and Todd Ford ’16 running the mile leg, raced hard nonetheless. The relay placed seventh overall with a time of 10:06.50. “The distance medley threw themselves into the multi-region competition but fell just short of the performance needed to advance to Nationals. Kistinger, Schneider, Beaudoin and Ford showcase our mid-distance squad and have had a great season together,” Farwell said.

At Tufts, Shayna Barbash ’14 was the lone woman competing for Williams. She ran a personal record time of 17:28.37 in the 5000 meter, finishing in second place at the meet.

This weekend, 11 women will compete at the NCAA Div. III Championships at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. Ford is the only male runner to qualify for Nationals, and he will compete there this weekend as well.

Avril and Brianne Mirecki ’14 return to Nationals after attaining All-American accolades at the 2013 Championship.

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