GENEVA, Ohio – Several NESCAC track and field standouts competed on the first day of the 2017 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. A number of competitors earned All-America status, while many advanced from Thursday's preliminaries to the finals on Saturday.
Tufts is tied for 14th in the men’s standings to lead all NESCAC teams. The Jumbos and Williams are tied for 18th in the women’s team standings.
Tufts senior Tim Nichols picked up another All-America citation in his career with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run, posting a time of 30:05.99.
Tufts sophomore Christian Swenson finished ninth in the 1,500-meter run (3:50.39) to move into the finals on Saturday. Bates junior Jack Kiley placed 19th in the preliminaries with a time of 3:58.00.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Tufts junior Andrew DeMaiti just missed qualifying for the finals by 0.02 seconds, finishing 10th with a time of 53.44.
Connecticut College junior Scott Mason led the NESCAC contingent in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase. He had the third-fastest qualifying time of 9:18.46. Bowdoin junior Ben Torda also qualified for the finals in the event with a time of 9:20.82. Tufts senior Luke O’Connor finished 15th (9:23.70).
In the relay events, the Middlebury 4x400 team advanced to the final with the fifth-fastest qualifying time (3:13.16), while the Colby relay squad registered a time of 3:15.85 to place 13th. In the 4x100 race, the Tufts foursome narrowly missed qualifying, combining for a time of 41.43 seconds.
In the field events, Bates junior Adedire Fakorede finished 20th in the discus with a mark of 41.13 meters. Teammate and sophomore Tyler Harrington earned 13th in the javelin (57.60 meters), while fellow NESCAC competitors Colin Tiernan of Bowdoin and Henry Hintermeister of Tufts finished 16th and 19th with marks of 55.80 meters and 54.11 meters, respectively.
Williams juniors Tobias Muellers and Tommy Riley are fourth and eighth, respectively, after five events in the decathlon. Muellers has totaled 3,507 points, while Riley has compiled 3,381 points.
In the women’s competition, Tufts junior Brittany Bowman led the NESCAC runners in the 10,000-meters. She placed fifth overall (35:22.11) and was followed by Williams senior Emma Zehner in seventh (35:44.46). Both runners earned All-America honors and picked up points for their respective teams. Amherst rookie Katherine Treanor narrowly missed out on scoring for the Mammoths, placing 10th (35:55.53) and Williams first-year Emma Herrmann finished 12th with a time of 36:28.32.
Senior Jessica Wilson of Bates and junior Anna Harleen of Williams qualified for the finals of the 1,500-meter run. Wilson finished third in the prelims with a time of 4:31.32, while Harleen was sixth (4:32.84). Seniors Sasha Whittle of Middlebury and Isabella Franz of Connecticut College posted times of 4:35.94 and 4:42.05, respectively, but did not advance out of the preliminaries.
Middlebury senior Catie Skinner qualified for the finals of the 3,000-meter Steeplechase, recording a time of 10:57.63, the fourth fastest time of the 22 competitors in the field for the event.
In the relays, the Bates 4x400 team qualified for the finals with the eighth fastest time, 3:50.31, among the field.
Williams junior Kayley McGonagle posted a time of 1:02.62 to finish 15th in the preliminaries of the 400-meter hurdles and Bates senior Allison Hill registered a time of 25.21 in the 200-meters but missed qualifying for the finals in their respective events.
Senior Chloe Rogers of Williams finished seventh in the long jump. Her leap of 5.64 meters earned two points for the Ephs and she garnered All-America honors. Fellow Eph and senior Candice Dyce placed 11th with a mark of 5.50 meters.
Bowdoin senior Ellen Masalsky placed 12th in the javelin with a throw of 40.39 meters, while Middlebury junior Devon Player finished 20th (37.03 meters).
Colby senior Jenna Athanasopoulos sits 10th through four events of the heptathlon, totaling 2,656 points.
Day two of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships begins at 10:30 a.m. and can be seen online at ncaa.com/liveschedule.