Women’s and Men’s Track compete at Dartmouth

Cailin Stollar and Will Kingham

On Saturday, Men’s and Women’s Track and Field travelled to Hanover, N.H., to compete at the Dartmouth Indoor Invitational. The women and men took second and third place, respectively among a field of Div. I and II teams. Many Ephs put up their season-best performances and made Div. III New Englands qualifying marks. 

The women swept the 3000m, with Brianna Bourne ’21 leading four other Ephs to claim the top five places in the event. Bourne won with a time of 9:55, while Jaylan Fraser-Mines ’21 and Sarah Tully ’21 came in close behind with times of 10:07 and 10:11, respectively. 

The sprinters also performed strongly. Kiara Tan ’22 finished the 60m sprint with a time of 7.84 seconds, earning her second place. Sierra Loomis ’20 and Summer-Solstice Thomas ’20 competed in the finals for the 60m hurdles. Loomis finished sixth with a personal record of 9.50 seconds, and Thomas followed in seventh place with a time of 9.54 seconds. Megan Powell ’20 dominated the 400m dash, finishing first with a time of 57.62 seconds. 

Although three Eph teams competed in the 4x400m relay, Davis Collison ’21, Ella Dunn ’21, Claudia Iannelli ’20, and Powell ultimately finished first with a season record of 3:56. 

On the field, Emma Egan ’20 won the high jump with an height of 1.64 meters. In the pole vault, Kelsie Hao ’21 earned a close second in the pole vault with a notable height of 3.65 meters. 

In the triple jump, Sierra Diaz ’20 broke her personal indoor record with a distance of 11.85 meters. Tan achieved similar success in the long jump with a mark of 5.45 meters. In the weight throw, Mazie Alexander ’21 broke 15m for the first time, ultimately coming in fourth with a personal best distance of 15.14 meters. 

For the men, the meet kicked off with Jacob Rosenberg ’22 jumping a season’s best 6.01 meters in the long jump to finish 11th overall. James Dunivan ’20 set a personal best in the triple jump, improving his mark to 11.92 meters and placing sixth in the event. The pole vaulters had a solid day, with Sam Riley ’23 and Marshall Borrus ’20 placing fifth and seventh, respectively. Borrus set a new indoor personal best of 4.00 meters. 

Frank Scheck ’20 and Mykel Miller ’20 had strong showings in the throws. Scheck achieved a new personal best of 13.52 meters in the weight throw, which was good for eighth overall. In the shot put, Miller qualified for Div. III New Englands with a new personal best of 13.50 meters, also placing eighth.

The men had a strong day on the track. The first running event was the 5k, and Jake Lange ‘20 and Will Spollen ’23 took first and second, respectively. Lange ran a smart race, finishing in a season’s best time of 15:19.35, comfortably qualifying for New Englands. The Eph distance runners continued this success in the 3000m as Ryan Cox ’20 finished fourth and set a personal record of 8:39.17. Kenneth Marshall ’20 also achieved a personal best of 8:43.11.

The mid-distance squad scored double-digit points in the 800m and the mile, while also putting up points in the 1000m. In the 800m, captain Tristan Colaizzi ’20 and Kevin LaFleche ’20 battled it out as Colaizzi finished third and LaFleche placed fourth in what proved to be a close race. Peter Kirgis ’20 and Ben Hearon ’20 came through in 2:30.65 and 2:34.85, both smashing the New Englands’ qualifying mark. In the mile — perhaps the most exciting race of the day — Nick Gannon ’20 outlasted Elias Lindgren ’22, as the pair finished first and second overall, beating out a field of Div. I opponents. Gannon finished with a time of 4:17.53, while Lindgren was just behind with 4:18.01. Ryan Watson ’22 also ran a strong race, qualifying for New Englands with a time of 4:24.87.

Eph hurdler Danny Renwick ’21 won the 60m hurdles in a season’s best time of 8.58 seconds. He scored 10 points for the team and dusted his opponents in both the prelims and finals.

In the sprints, the Ephs continued to put up some solid performances. Karol Regula ’21 was the Ephs’ best performer in the 200m, coming across in a season’s best of 24.21 seconds. In the 400m, Nolan Holley ’22 placed third in a season’s best time of 51.52 seconds, qualifying for New Englands. Chris Bassett ’22 was close behind with 52.05 seconds.

The meet came down to the final event, the 4x400m relay. The Ephs’ “A” relay team, consisting of Holley, Bassett, Colaizzi and Kevin Zhang ’23, finished in third place overall with a time of 3:28.21. Colaizzi, the relay’s anchor leg, battled back to beat a strong Merrimack College team by .01 seconds.

The men and women runners will compete next weekend at the Boston University Valentine Invitational, while the men and women field athletes will remain on campus to compete at the Ephs’ Field and Track Meet.