Men’s track and field sprints to fourth place

May 11, 2016 by Jahangir Habib, Sports Writer

On day two of the Div. III New England Championship, men’s track and field battled hard to finish fourth in a hotly contested meet. Williams finished with 63 points behind Westfield State (63.50), Bates (69) and MIT (179.50).

The field events got the day started. Against the best field the three have competed against in their young collegiate careers, James Heinl ’19, Ian Kagame ’19 and James Dunivan ’19 gave quite the effort. Heinl threw the javelin and finished with a 49.75 meter mark. Kagame earned a few points for the Ephs with his fifth-place finish in the high jump. He jumped 1.88 meters, and Dunivan finished right behind him with a 1.83 meter jump.

Liam Pembroke ’18 was the lone competitor for the Ephs in the discus, but he didn’t let that bring his energy down. As laser-focused as ever, Pembroke threw for a personal best 42.79 meters and took sixth overall.

The 4×100 meter team of Jeremy Thaller ’19, co-captain Kat Ofori-Atta ’16, Manny Daring ’16 and co-captain Nolan Raimo ’16 returned to form this week and won in 42.35 seconds.

In the 1500 meter, a pack of four Ephs went out aggressively and confidently. David Folsom ’17 and Lucas Estrada ’19 tucked in behind Alex Cowen ’18 and Kyle Kistinger ’16 to start. With 250 meters to go, Estrada followed Folsom’s lead to make a charge for the front. Folsom set a big PR and finished fifth overall in 3:56.98. Estrada was close behind in seventh with a personal best 3:57.49. Cowen and Kistinger finished in a tight pack in 3:58.45 and 3:58.97, respectively.

Tobias Muellers ’18 and Keith Owiti ’17 made a splash from the second fastest heat of the 400 meter to get fourth and seventh in 49.38 (PR) and 50.00 seconds. Fong and Daring rounded out the 400 meter efforts in 50.98 and 53.61 seconds.

Co-captain Chris Lyons ’17 and Lloyd Campbell ’18 put on another show in the shot put. Lyons led the way with a fifth place finish in a personal best 14.90 meters, and Campbell took seventh with a 14.20 meter throw. Pembroke doubled back from the discus to finish with a 13.88 meter mark.

For the second consecutive week, Ofori-Atta won another close one in the 100 meters. He edged out the field in a time of 10.78 seconds, just 0.01 off his season best. Todd Ford ’16 placed 10th in the 800 meter in 1:54.53, while Luke Hinz ’17 set a personal best of 1:55.83. Raimo came back from the 4×100 meter relay to take third in the 400-meter hurdles. He finished in 54.26 seconds.

Austin Anderson ’19  and Zeke Cohen ’19 contested the 5000 meter. They stayed close through the first two miles before both picking it up for an extended final mile kick. Anderson finished the last mile in 4:37 – which was his mile personal best a year ago – to seize fifth overall in 15:01.36. Cohen closed in 4:47 to take ninth in 15:12.50.

The 4×800 meter relay team of Matt Tarduno ’16, Folsom, Kistinger and Cowen wrapped up the meet for the Ephs by taking third in 7:50.73.

“I feel that the guys that suited up this weekend did a great job refocusing and setting new goals for themselves.” Head Coach Ethan Barron said.

With Div. III New Englands wrapped up, the Ephs will look towards the All-New Englands Championship next week at Southern Connecticut State University.

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