Track teams manage smooth times at meet
HEAD OVER HEELS: Mark Franklin ’17 contorts his body and flips backward at the Reggie Poyau Invitational at home on Jan. 16.
The men and women’s track and field team traveled to Amherst College for the Amherst Spring Fling, using a number of strong races to grab fourth and seventh places overall for the men and women’s sides, respectively. The men took fourth place out of nine teams, scoring 68 points in the process, while the women finished seventh of nine teams with 46.5 points.
Women’s squad (seventh place, 46.5 points)
The women’s team picked up a pair of wins and a handful of top-10 finishes en route to scoring 46.5 points during the event, led by a strong day from Haliana Burhans ’18. Burhans took the top spot in the 400-meter dash, running to a time of 59.26 seconds, and grabbed third place in the 200-meter dash in 26.64 seconds. Her time in the 200-meter dash was .34 seconds out of second place and just over a second off the top spot.
The Judges also had success in the distance runs, led by a top finish from Emily Bryson ’19 in the 1,500-meter run. Bryson covered the course in 4:44.88, a step faster than her seed time. Maggie Hensel ’16 finished the race in ninth place in 4:53.78, while Kyra Shreeve ’18 was 17th out of the 47 competitors, crossing the line in 5:02.87.
Tove Freeman ’16 continued the strong day for the distance runners with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run, stopping the timer at 2:20.95.
Julia Bryson ’19 ran to a third-place finish in the 5,000-meter run in 18:19.67, just .26 seconds out of second place. Her time was also less than a minute behind the winner.
The Judges also got a third-place finish from the 4x400-meter relay, running to a combined time of 4:20.74 in the relay.
Men’s squad (fourth place, 68 points)
Mitchell Hutton ’18 led the way for the men’s team by winning the 5,000-meter run in 15:12.95. Liam Garvey ’18 took sixth place in the race in 15:38.93.
The Judges had a strong day in the field events, winning a pair of events and earning a number of top-10 finishes as well.
Evan Scott ’16 won the high jump by jumping to a height of 2.01 meters, while Mark Franklin ’17 grabbed fourth place with a height of 1.79 meters.
Adam Berger ’16 was fifth in the long jump, totaling a distance of 6.23 meters, and second in the triple jump, with a combined distance of 12.58 meters.
Kevin Trotman ’16 took seventh place in the discus throw with a distance of 37.38 meters, while Grote took 10th with a total distance of 33.26 meters.
The Judges got a second-place finish from the 4x100 meter relay, as the quartet of Michael Kroker ’19, Henry McDonald ’19, Adam Berger ’16 and Regan Charie ’17 ran to a time of 43.99 seconds.
Quinton Hoey ’17 ran to the runner-up position in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:47.87
Grady Ward ’16 took 12th in the 1,500-meter run in 4:06.33, while Adam Beckwith ’16 grabbed ninth in the 200-meter dash in 24.00 seconds. Charie came in fifth in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 11.32.
The Judges will race again at the Connecticut College Silfen Invitational this weekend.