Ephs sprint by MIT at Farley Invite

April 20, 2016 by Jahangir Habib, Sports Writer

Chris Lyons ’17 won the shot put competition with a personal best of 14.22 meters last Saturday. Photo courtesy of David Folsom.

Chris Lyons ’17 won the shot put competition with a personal best of 14.22 meters last Saturday. Photo courtesy of David Folsom.

Men’s track and field competed in the annual Dick Farley Invitational meet last Saturday, the team’s only home meet of the season. Farley is in his 45th year in a coaching role for the men’s team.

The Invite this year was a dual meet with MIT –  a showdown between the two top-ranked NCAA track and field teams in New England. The Ephs came away victorious by with a final score of 116-85.

The Ephs jumped out to an early lead behind their hammer throwers and their high jumpers. Throwers James Heinl ’19 and Olivier Joseph ’18 set personal bests to go 1-2 in the hammer, and jumper Ian Kagame ’19 set an outdoor personal best in the high jump.

Christian Holway ’19 and Connor Harris ’18 held their own against MIT long jumpers who crushed their seed marks. Holway and Harris took second and fourth, respectively, with 6.73 meter and 6.62 meter jumps.

The running events kicked off with the 3000-meter steeplechase. The trio of Jake Kahrs ’19, Zeke Cohen ’19 and Nigel Bates ’17 went 2-4. All three men hit the Div. III New Englands standard, and Kahrs additionally made the ECAC standard.

Liam Simpson ’18 ran a smart race to lead the Ephs in the 1500 meter. He went out near the front and made a strong move on the final lap to take the win in 3:57.54. Williams placed the next four finishers as well, including Bijan Mazaheri ’17 at 3:59.17, Alex Cowen ’18 at 3:59.22, David Folsom ’17 at 3:59.81 and Lucas Estrada ’17 at 3:59.84.

Heinl, Ian Mook ’18 and Tobias Muellers ’18 went 1-2-4 in the javelin throw, while Nolan Raimo ’17 and Conor Dunham ’18 went 1-3 in the 110-meter hurdles. Between the five athletes, the Ephs picked up another 16 points to slowly put the MIT team behind them.

In the 400 meter, Manny Daring ’16 took second overall in 49.25 seconds and set a season-best time. Muellers at 49.61 and Elliot Fong ’19 at 50.08 also set season-bests.

In the field events, Pierceson Brown ’18 took the win in the pole vault while Chris Lyons ’17 won the shot put. Lyons showed good form with his release and wrist flick follow-through en route to a new personal best of 14.22 m-ters. Fellow Eph throwers Campbell and Liam Pembroke ’18 finished second and third behind him with 13.85 meter and 13.45 meter throws, respectively.

The Ephs picked up back-to-back wins in the 100 meter and 800 meter. Katakyie Ofori-Atta ’16 handily won the 100 meter in 10.81 seconds, and Steve Yannacone ’17 won the 800 meter in a season best 1:53.97. Todd Ford ’17 at 1:54.86, Justin LeAndre ’18 at 1:55.11, Lucas Elek ’17 at 1:55.14, Lucas Estrada ’19 at 1:55.95 and Kyle Kistinger ’16 at 1:56.17 rounded out the sweep in the 800 meter.

Pembroke picked up a couple more points for the Ephs in the discus throw. He placed third with a 39.78 meter throw. Raimo won a thriller in the 400-meter hurdles. He won by the narrowest of margins – only 0.01 seconds – in 53.78 seconds. His time currently sits at sixth in the country. The 4×400 meter relay teams placed second and third, and the 4×800 meter team won the event.

“As a team, we are really happy with the meet as a whole,” Lyons said. “It’s the first time we’ve had a dual meet, and it was exciting to beat MIT as they’re one of our biggest rivals in Div. III New England track.”

The Ephs will continue their outdoor season Friday at Princeton and Saturday at Springfield.

The Ephs will continue their outdoor season Friday at Princeton and Saturday at Springfield.

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