Men’s track sets records, prepares for NESCACs

On Saturday, men’s track and field traveled to Springfield College to shake off any lingering rust and to set more personal bests. The Ephs walked away with an overall second-place finish and saw athletes setting new personal bests. The running events kicked off with the 3000-meter steeplechase. Peter Hale ’17 easily won in 10:03.29, good enough to qualify for Div. III New Englands. Ian Concannon ’18 made his steeplechase debut and finished in 11:13.94. “Those who competed took advantage of the opportunity to improve seed times or get a little more work in,” Head Coach Dave Thompson said. “We came away healthy and with a few more NESCAC qualifiers in the distance events which is always good.” The 1500 meter featured the trio of Todd Ford ’16, Griffin Colaizzi ’18 and Alex Cowen ’18, who took second, third and fourth, respectively. Kieran Scannell ’17 and Cole Townsend ’15 were a duo of their own, coming in sixth and seventh in 4:06.77 and 4:07.61. Greg Ferland ’16 joined Scannell in qualifying for NESCACs by running 4:14.39. Wilson Wang ’18 made his 110-meter hurdles debut, finishing in 18.13 seconds.

In the 400-meter dash, co-captain Eric Schneider ’15 toughed out a fifth place finish in 52.08 seconds to score four points for Williams. Connor Harris ’18 and Kyrien Edwards ’17 competed in the 100-meter dash. Harris finished eighth in 11.47 seconds while Edwards finished in 11.85 seconds. Luke Hinz ’17 and Lucas Elek ’17 led the middle distance charge in the 800 meter, both setting personal bests and taking second and third overall, respectively. Hinz also qualified for Div. III New Englands, dipping 0.02 seconds under the qualifying standard. Matt Tarduno ’16 finished fifth overall in a personal best 1:58.75. The Ephs picked up another 23 points in the 5000 meter. Colin Cotton ’17 steadily raced to victory with a time of 15:15.05. Liam Simpson ’18 and Zachary Dulabon ’18 took third and fifth respectively in 15:56.67 and 15:58.57. Michael Byrns ’18 and Andrew Bloniarz ’18 rounded out the scorers and finished in 16:08.75 and 16:18.77.Hiroshi Kirby ’17 finished in 16:40.34.

The Ephs also entered a team into the 4×400 relay that took fifth in 3:32.92. Over on the field events, Matthew Marcarelli ’18 came back and led the way in the shot put with a personal best 13.14-meter throw. Christopher Lyons ’17 threw 12.71 meters in the shot put and with Marcarelli the duo scored seven points. Liam Pembroke ’18 threw a personal best 39.93 meters in the discus, scoring five points. Marcarelli, Pembroke and Lyons all doubled back to compete in the hammer throw with Lloyd Campbell ’18. Marcarelli led the way with a 38.53-meter throw. Muellers made his javelin throw season debut, throwing 37.83 meters. Wang set another personal best in the triple jump, jumping 12.31 meters for third overall. Pierceson Brown ’18 improved his outdoor pole vault season best, vaulting 4.30 meters. The Ephs finished second overall with 117 points. Many top Eph athletes did not compete at Springfield to rest for NESCACs next weekend, showing the team’s depth and ability to score without the full squad on hand. Last Friday at Princeton, co-captain Aldis Inde ’15 competed in the 5000 meter while Bijan Mazaheri ’16 raced in the 10k. Coming through the 2000-meter mark, Inde was sitting right in a large group of runners. Inde kicked in his last two laps and last 200 meters to finish in 14:22.11. His record time replaces that of Paul Alsdorf ’99, who ran 14:22.27 in 1999. Mazaheri took to the track later to race the 10k. Mazaheri went out right behind the leaders and stayed comfortable, constantly improving to cross the line in a final time of 29:39.27. His time sits just outside the top 10 times in Div. III history, which rounds out at 29:30.22. NESCACs will be held at home this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. where the Ephs will look to bring out their best.