Men’s track notches second at NESCACs

April 29, 2015 by Jahangir Habib, Sports Writer

Men’s track and field gave its all on Saturday to take second-place at the NESCAC Championships. The meet opened with the 10k and the hammer throw. Bijan Mazaheri ’16, Ben Decker ’18, Noah Williams ’17 and Daniel Siegel ’15 took to the track while Olivier Joseph ’17, Mathew Marcarelli ’17 and Christopher Lyons ’17 went to throw. On the track, Mazaheri opened a lead at the mile mark that he would hold until the 31:07.13 win. Decker and Williams broke away to take fifth and sixth in 31:46.67 and 31:48.79, respectively. Siegel rounded out the distance squad with an 11th-place finish. Joseph took sixth with a 46.44-meter throw. Marcarelli and Lyons threw 37.08 meters and 34.91 meters, respectively. The next events were the pole vault and the 110-meter hurdles. Pierceson Brown ’18 won the pole vault in a personal best of 4.45 meters.

Laye Samoura ’15 and Conor Dunham ’18 contested the hurdles. Samoura cruised to a 15.26-second win in his prelim. Dunham fought hard, but he clipped a few barriers and finished in 16.00 seconds. Youle Chen ’17 continued his winning ways with a 1.98-meter performance in the high jump. Ian Outhwaite ’17 also scored for the Ephs, taking sixth with a 1.88-meter jump. Co-captain Jared Nowell ’15 and Katakyie Ofori-Atta ’16 won their 100-meter preliminary heats, with Nowell finishing in 11.14 seconds and Ofori-Atta finishing in 10.83 seconds. Alex Deaderick ’15 missed the advancement mark by only a hundredth of a second, finishing ninth in a personal best 11.23 seconds. Conor Harris ’18 set yet another personal best this season, dropping his 100-meter time to 11.35 seconds. Nolan Raimo ’16 finished in third overall in the long jump with a 6.65-meter performance. Peter Hale ’17 took sixth overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a season best of 9:42.42. In the 4×100 relay, the team of Deaderick, Ofori-Atta, Nowell and Raimo took the lead by the second leg and held on to win in 42.40 seconds. Co-captain Aldis Inde ’15 won the 1500 meter in 3:48.32. Samuel Burrington ’17 also stepped up and scored in a very competitive 1500-meter field, finishing eighth overall in 3:58.27. Todd Ford ’16 was right there with him, finishing ninth in 3:58.84. Next up were the finals for the 110-meter hurdles, 400 meter, and 100 meter. Samoura set a new season best and took second overall in the hurdles in 15.26 seconds. Tobias Muellers ’18 and co-captain Eric Schneider ’15 both gave gutsy performances in the 400-meter final. Ofori-Atta and Nowell took back to the track to compete in the 100-meter final. Ofori-Atta powered his way to second overall in a time of 10.98 seconds. Nowell finished sixth overall in 11.18. The 800-meter and the 400-meter saw Steven Yannacone ’17 pull himself into a second place finish in a personal best of 1:52.74. Co-captain Andrew Beaudoin ’15 took eighth in 1:54.94. Dunham rebounded from his subpar performance in the 110-meter hurdles to become NESCAC champion in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in an incredible 54.00 seconds. Raimo and Mook also set season bests, finishing in fourth and 10th.

The last five events to be scored were the 5000 meter, discus, triple jump, 4×400 relay and 4×800 relay. In the 5000 meter, Colin Cotton ’17 fought hard and finished in second place. Finishing off the running events were the 4×400 and 4×800 relays. In the 4×400, Muellers beat out Tufts relay team on the final leg, leading his teammates Raimo, Persons and Yannacone to a 3:19.05 victory. The 4×800 relay team won a little more decisively, with fourth leg Beaudoin holding off a late charge by Amherst, finishing off the victory for Lucas Elek ’17 and Matt Tarduno ’16. Despite the final charge by the Ephs to score big in the final relays, they lost to the Jumbos once the final scores were tallied. The Ephs scored a point off Ian Outhwaite’s ’17 13.03-meter triple jump and two points off Liam Pembroke’s ’18 seventh-place finish in the discus. Tufts picked up 10 points in the triple jump and five points in the discus, edging out the Ephs 169.333 to 164. The Ephs finished with eight NESCAC winners, including a sweep of the relays. There was also a huge improvement in all throwing events. They head into the rest of championship season motivated to be better, with Div. III New Englands next weekend.

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