Williams Men & Women Pace NESCAC Teams at NCAA Championships

Williams Men & Women Pace NESCAC Teams at NCAA Championships

GENEVA, Ohio – Williams senior Peter Hale won the men’s 5,000-meter run to claim the individual national title in the event on the final day of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Williams was the top NESCAC school in the final men's and women's team standings. The NESCAC Champions finished tied for third in the women's competition with 33 points, while the Eph men placed 13th with 18 points.


Hale won the 1,500-meter race in a time of 14:15.38. Fellow NESCAC runner Tim Nichols of Tufts placed fifth overall. The senior crossed the finish line in a time of 14:29.19 to join Hale in earning All-America honors.

Several other NESCAC competitors earned All-America honors on the final day of action. Connecticut College junior Scott Mason placed sixth in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase with a time of 9:13.58 to earn points for the Camels. Bowdoin junior Ben Torda added a 10th place finish in the event (9:16.95).

Tufts sophomore Josh Etkind was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles (14.37 seconds) and Amherst sophomore Kristian Sogaard placed sixth in the 800-meters (1:52.15). In the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Christian Swenson of Tufts placed 14th with a time of 4:05.28.

The Middlebury 4x400 relay team of rookie Areden Coleman, junior James Mulliken, sophomore Jimmy Martinez and senior Alex Nichols, placed fifth with a time of 3:13.28 to earn All-America accolades. 

In the field events, Bates junior Adedire Fakorede placed 17th in the hammer throw with a mark of 50.63 meters.

In the women’s competition, Bates senior Allison Hill earned third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.11 seconds. Fellow Bobcat and senior Jessica Wilson finished fourth in the 1,500-meter run (4:27.33) and Williams junior Anna Harleen placed 10th (4:42.74). 

Senior Emma Zehner closed out her career at Williams with a fifth place finish in the 5,000-meters, recording a time of 17:02.24. Wilson earned her second All-America honor of the day with a seventh place finish and time of 17:13.32.

In the 800-meter run, Bates sophomore Ayden Eickhoff placed eighth (2:12.32) and Williams senior Yvonne Bungei was ninth with a time of 2:12.80, as both runners achieved All-America honors. Middlebury senior Catie Skinner garnered All-America honors with an eighth place finish in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase (10:50.25).

The Bates 4x400 meter relay squad of Hill, first-year Paige Rabb, Eickoff and senior Claire Markonic, finished ninth with a time of 3:51.60. 

In the field events, three of the four NESCAC finalists in the triple jump finished 2-3-4. Bates junior Sally Ceesay led the conference jumpers, finishing as the national runner-up with a mark of 12.43 meters and became a four-time All-American. Williams seniors Candice Dyce (12.31 meters) and Chloe Rogers (12.22 meters) followed in third and fourth place, respectively. Rounding out the field was Amherst junior Abbey Asare Bediak with a leap of 11.28 meters to finish 20th. In the hammer throw, Colby senior Michael Garrett placed 17th with a mark of 50.54 meters.