WAVERLY, Iowa - Several NESCAC track and field standouts competed on the first day of the 2016 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships hosted by Wartburg. A number of competitors earned All-America status, while many advanced from Thursday's preliminaries to the finals on Saturday.
Williams is tied for 13th place in the men's team competition with five points, while Tufts is tied for 20th with three points. Middlebury sits in a tie for 13th place on the women's side with four points.
Williams senior Bijan Mazaheri finished fourth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 30:58.62, while Tufts junior Tim Nichols also earned All-America status with a sixth-place finish in the event with a time of 31:20.15. Senior Allen Sumrall of Bates narrowly missed out on scoring when he crossed the finish line in 31:42.32, which was good for ninth place. Amherst sophomore Mohamed Hussein was unable to finish the race.
Bates sophomore Adedire Fakorede finished tenth in the discus after recording a throw of 161-0 (49.08m) on his first attempt of the day, just missing the event finals.
Williams sophomore Tobias Muellers capped off the first day in the decathlon by winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.52 seconds to earn 837 points. Muellers placed ninth in the 100-meter dash (11.55) for 742 points, 10th in the shot put with a distance of 37-5.25 (11.41m) for 571 points, and 11th in the long jump (21-5.5; 6.54m) for 707 points. He then tied for 16th in the high jump after clearing 5-10 (1.78m) to receive 610 points. Muellers finished the day in eighth place with 3,467 points. Friday's five remaining events are the 110-meter hurdles, the discus throw, the pole vault, the javelin throw and the 1,500-meter run.
Tufts junior Luke O'Connor qualified for Saturday's final in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after finishing tied for fourth in his heat with a time of 9:12.66. Senior Todd Ford of Williams placed third in his heat of the 1,500-meter run to advance to Saturday's final in the event.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Williams senior Nolan Raimo and sophomore Andrew DiMaiti of Tufts came up short of qualifying for the final after Raimo clocked a time of 54.70 seconds and DiMaiti posted a time of 54.81 seconds.
On the women's side, senior Adrian Walsh of Middlebury took fifth place in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:32.07 to earn All-America recognition.
Senior Alanna McDonough of Colby qualified for the 3,000-meter steeplechase final on Saturday with the third-best preliminary time (10:56.87). Williams sophomore Emily Sundquist missed the cut for the final with a time of 12:16.56.
Four of the 12 runners competing in Saturday's 1,500-meter final will be from the NESCAC. Eph sophomore Anna Harleen finished third in her heat after crossing the finish line in 4:34.15, while Connecticut College junior Isabella Franz had the eighth-fastest overall time (4:34.49). Tufts senior Sydney Smith and Middlebury first-year Abigail Nadler turned in the ninth- and 12th-fastest times at 4:34.61 and 4:35.48, respectively. Junior Jessica Wilson of Bates and junior Laney Teaford of Williams took 18th (4:42.99) and 21st (4:53.45), respectively, to miss qualifying for the final. Williams sophomore Victoria Kingham did not finish the event.
In the heptathlon, Colby junior Jenna Athanasopoulos sits in ninth place with 2,690 points following the first day of competition. She started the day by earning 787 points in the 100-meter hurdles after finishing eighth with a time of 15.42 seconds. Athanasopoulos then cleared a height of 4-11.5 (1.51m) in the high jump, which was good for tie in 12th place and 632 points. She wrapped up the day with 524 points and a ninth-place finish in the shot put (32-6.5; 9.92m) and 747 points and a 14th-place finish in the 200-meter dash (26.58). The remaining events, the long jump, the javelin throw and the 800-meter run, will be held on Friday.