Men’s track and field conquers 42-team field at Colonial Relays

Doug Hendry, Assistant Sports Editor

The men’s track and field team put in its best performance of the year on April 4 and 5, finishing in first place out of 42 total schools at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. The Bison earned 101.20 points, 14 more than second-place Rutgers. The team also competed at the Crusader Outdoor Classic on April 5 in Selinsgrove, Pa., where four Bison earned first-place finishes.

The first day of competition was in the Bison’s favor, as the team sat in sixth place at the end of the day. In the field events, Jack Fellows ’15 earned third in the hammer throw with a hurl of 169-10, while Brian Monahan ’15 ranked seventh with a throw of 155-07. Fellows and Monahan also earned one and four points respectively for their performances in the shot put. Elijah Kay ’17 cleared 6-04.25 in the high jump to give him sixth place in the event.

Christian Lupica ’15 secured points in the 110-meter hurdles with a second-place finish (14.61). Michael McGowan ’15 finished fifth (8:33.35) in the 3000 meter, while Andrew Garcia-Garrison ’15 finished fifth in the 1500 meter (3:49.38).

The Bison jumped five schools on the second day of competition to secure first place at the meet, and key wins on the track engineered that push. The silver in the 4×200 meter relay was awarded to Patryk Najbar ’14, Kamal Riley ’14, Jacob Eaton-Hall ’14, and Anthony Menza ’16 (1:29.18). John Westwood ’16, Kevin Tapper ’15, Zachary Moon ’16, and Garcia-Garrison also earned six points in the distance medley relay (9.58.03).

Tapper earned the maximum 10 points in the triple jump with a personal-best distance of 47-07.00. In the discus, Fellows (159-04) and Monahan (151-07) finished second and sixth respectively. Laddie Trees ’15 placed fifth in the javelin (202-07).

“Overall it was a good confidence booster for the men’s team. We didn’t have our best performances Friday, but we came back fighting Saturday and won the meet. Collectively as a team we still have a lot of work to do before the league meet in May,” Eaton-Hall said.

In addition to the spectacular performance at the Colonial Relays, four Bison won events at the Crusader Outdoor Classic. Dylan Cowell ’15 (5000m), Andrew Kirna ’16 (3000 meter), Jonathan Tewodros ’17 (3000-meter steeplechase), and Joseph Breen ’17 (discus) all had triumphs in their events.

The Orange and Blue will prepare for the Bison Outdoor Classic that will begin tomorrow and will continue until Sunday.

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