WAVERLY, Iowa - Tufts senior Mitchell Black successfully defended his title in the 800-meter run with a stadium-record time of 1:49.58 at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Wartburg College. Black was in third after the first lap before he made his move and quickly passed two runners to move into second place. Black would stay there for a little bit until the last turn where he was able pass the leader and extended his lead down the straightaway.
The Tufts men finished tied for 15th in the team standings with 18 points, while Williams amassed 15 points to finish tied for 18th. Colby tied for 26th in the women’s team standings with 10 points, while Middlebury tied for 39th with seven points, Bates tied for 68th with three points and Tufts and Williams tied for 74th with two points.
Senior Bijan Mazaheri of Williams closed out the championship in the 5,000 meters with third-place finish after recording a time of 14:35.40. Eph senior Katakyie Ofori-Atta clocked a time of 11.005 seconds in the 100-meter dash, which was good for seventh place. Junior Steven Yannacone also picked up points for Williams after finishing eighth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.91. Senior Todd Ford finished tenth in the men’s 1,500-meter run after clocking a time of 3:55.34.
Tufts junior Luke O’Connor crossed the finish line with a time of 9:16.53 to post a fourth-place showing in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Sophomore Brian Greenberg of Bowdoin recorded a leap of 46-6.75 (14.19m) in the triple jump, finishing 15th. Bates sophomore Adedire Fakorede posted a mark of 175-7 (53.52m) to place 15th in the hammer throw.
Colby senior Alanna McDonough had a strong kick in her final lap of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase to finish fourth with a time of 10:42.28. Classmate Emily Doyle turned in a time of 55.31 seconds in the women’s 400-meter dash, which was good for a fourth-place finish.
Two NESCAC competitors achieved All-America status in the women’s 1,500-meter run, as Middlebury first-year Abigail Nadler placed sixth (4:30.65) followed by Tufts senior Sydney Smith in seventh (4:31.51). Junior Isabella Franz of Connecticut College finished just off the podium in ninth place (4:35.80), while sophomore Anna Harleen of Williams took 11th (4:48.35).
Williams junior Chloe Rogers and Bates sophomore Sally Ceesay finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the triple jump with leaps of 39-1.75 (11.93m) and 39-0.5 (11.90m). Other NESCAC competitors in the event included Bowdoin senior Katharine Krupp, who placed 14th (38-1.5; 11.62m) and Williams junior Candice Dyce, who placed 16th (38-0.25; 11.59m).
In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, junior Allison Hill of Bates placed seventh with a time of 14.48 seconds.
Middlebury sophomore Devon Player turned in a throw of 128-9.75 (39.26m) in the javelin, but did not reach the finals.