Men’s track clinches 27th-straight Little Three Championship

Men’s track and field defeated its Little Three rivals Amherst and Wesleyan last Saturday and won its 27th consecutive Little Three title with a final score of 150 points. Amherst came in second with 110 and Wesleyan finished third with 73.

The meet started with the throws. Liam Pembroke ’18, who fired everyone up by roaring during every throw, led the way in the weight throw for Williams and finished second with a 12.69-meter throw. Olivier Joseph ’17 and Christopher Lyons ’17 finished third and fourth respectively, with throws of 12.48 meters and 12.38 meters. Lloyd Campbell ’18 rounded out the effort for Williams by taking fifth with a 12.68-meter throw.

In the shot put, Williams finished second through fourth and sixth in another strong showing. Campbell threw 13.59 meters, followed by Pembroke with a 13.54 meter throw and Lyons with a 11.89 meter throw. Campbell and Pembroke qualify for the Div. III New England meet with their throws. Joseph finished with a 10.16 meter throw.

Over in the pole vault, Pierceson Brown ’18 and Reid Pryzant ’16 took first and second place. Brown set a Little Three indoor record by vaulting 4.12 meters, qualifying for Div. III New England’s, and Pryzant vaulted 3.66 meters. Youle Chen ’17 won in the high jump with a jump of 1.89 meters. Ian Outhwaite ’17 and Pryzant jumped 1.84 meters and 1.69 meters, respectively. Chen also took fourth in the long jump with a 6.23-meter jump, and Nolan Raimo ’16 took fifth in 6.09 meters. Chen also led the Ephs’ triple jumpers and took fourth in 12.18 meters.

The running events kicked off with the mile run. Aldis Inde ’15 took the race out from the very beginning and never looked back. He won the Little Three title in 4:19.88 and also qualified for the Div. III New England meet. In fourth and fifth, respectively, were Andrew Beaudoin ’15 in 4:25.51 and Bijan Mazaheri ’16 in 4:27.44. Leading the first-years in the race was Michael Byrns ’18 with a time of 4:37.95. Ian Concannon ’18 would come in at 5:03.35.

In the 60-meter hurdles, Conor Dunham ’18 won with an 8.68-second effort. Nolan Raimo ’16 finished in second, not far behind at 8.79 seconds. Both Dunham and Raimo have qualified for Div. III New England’s. Wilson Wang ’18 also competed and finished in 9.96 seconds. Tobias Muellers ’18 continued his great start to indoor track by winning the 400 meter in 51.56 seconds.

Eric Schneider ’15 narrowly came in second in the 600 meter and ran 1:24.57 to qualify for Div. III New England’s. After Schneider came the pack of Ian Mook ’18 in 1:26.42, Samuel Burrington ’17 in 1:28.08 and Luke Hinz ’17 in 1:28.24. In the 60 meter, Joshua Gilkenson ’17 flew out of the blocks and won the race in 7.1614 seconds, just edging out LaDarius Drew of Wesleyan who ran 7.1664 seconds. Jared Nowell ’15 finished third in 7.25 seconds and Alex Deaderick ’15 finished fourth in 7.28 seconds. Kyrien Edwards ’17 finished in 7.71 seconds.
The 800 meter was a hotly contested race, and John Sutton ’15 finished third with a 2:02.99 effort. Todd Ford ’16 finished sixth in 2:05.82. Steven Yannacone ’17 took the 1000 meter out quick and won in 2:30.69, over five seconds ahead of the next closest finisher. Griffin Colaizzi ’18 and Justin LeAndre ’18 took third and fourth place in 2:36.46 and 2:36.59, respectively. Peter Hale ’17 came in fifth in 2:39.64. Brad Clark ’18 and Alex Cowen ’18 came in at 2:42.46 and 2:47.19, respectively.

Nowell doubled back to run and win the 200 meter in 23.44 seconds. Right with him was Kevin Persons ’16, who took second with 23.46 seconds. Taking third and fourth, respectively, were Joshua Gilkenson ’17 in 24.16 seconds and Alex Deaderick ’15 in 24.17 seconds.
The 3k was another race with a large field. Matthew Tarduno ’15 made his season debut by running 8:58.23 and took third. Cole Townsend ’15 and Ben Decker ’18 finished in 9:04.51 and 9:06.96, respectively. Andrew Bloniarz ’18 and Jahangir Habib ’18 ran 9:29.72 and 9:57.87, respectively, in their season-opening races. Hiroshi Kirby ’17 finished in 10:23.46.
The meet concluded with the 4×400 meter and 4×800 meter. The 4×800 consisted of Hale, Cowen, Colaizzi, and Michael Byrns ’18. Together they took second in a time of 8:21.05. Schneider, Dunham, Yannacone and Muellers, finished the 4×400 in 3:28.60, earning first place.
The men opened 2015 by competing at the Dartmouth Relays, finishing ninth in the 10-team field. The events kicked off with the 60-meter hurdles. Dunham missed qualifying for the final by one place in an 8.60 effort. With that time, Dunham set a personal best and qualified for Div. III New England’s.

In the 60 meter, Deaderick and Gilkenson ran in separate heats, finishing in 7.20 for first and second in their respective heats to make the Div. III New England meet standard. Nowell ran 7.21 and qualified for Div. III New England’s as well. All three men set personal bests. Deaderick improved 0.05 secondsfrom his season opener and will look to continue improving his start.

Muellers led the way for Williams in the 400 meter by running 51.03 in his debut in the distance. Muellers’ time qualifies him for the Div. III New England meet.
Williams had another great showing in the 3k, led once again by Beaudoin who ran 8:54.87. The team concluded its running efforts by entering a team in the 4×800 meter. Yannacone, Hinz, Cowen and Clark finished in a team time of 8:22.11 and a fourth-place finish.
In the field events, Chen had another strong showing in a high jump of 1.94 meters. Chen also competed in the triple jump, where he jumped 12.25 meters.
The Ephs began their indoor season on Dec. 6 at the Smith Winter Classic where the men had a number of standout performances.

The men next travel to Princeton for a meet this Saturday. The team is excited about the prospects for the remainder of the season. “The team is looking really strong through the tune-up meets we have had so far. It’s a long season so we are still building strength and technique, but we have improved our depth from last year,” co-captain Aldis Inde ’15 said. “Winning Little Threes this past weekend was our first chance to show off our progress. The team is really excited to see what we can do going forward.”

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