WAVERLY, Iowa - On the second day of the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Wartburg, several NESCAC track & field athletes continued to turn in outstanding performances.
The Williams men are currently tied for 17th with six points followed by Tufts in a tie for 28th-place with three points. The Middlebury women are tied for 23rd with four points.
A pair of NESCAC runners qualified for the men's 800-meter run final, as Tufts senior Mitchell Black won his respective preliminary heat with a time of 1:50.42 and Williams junior Steven Yannacone claimed the last spot after posting a time of 1:51.34. Tufts senior Veer Bhalla clocked a time of 1:54.32.
Senior Katakyie Ofori-Atta of Williams finished second in his heat of the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.66 seconds, but the time was fast enough to earn him a spot in the event final on Saturday.
Williams sophomore Tobias Muellers continued competition in the decathlon, tallying 718 points in the 110-meter hurdles after crossing the finish line in 16.13 seconds. He received 551 points in the discus following a throw of 112-9 (34.37m), 590 points in the pole vault after clearing a height of 12-9.5 (3.90m) and 510 points in the javelin with a distance of 146-7 (44.67m). Muellers utilized a strong second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run to earn 731 points with a time of 4:32.09. At the end of the event, he compiled 6,567 points, which was good for eighth place.
Bates senior Nick Margitza posted a mark of 51-1 (15.57m) on his final attempt in the shot put preliminaries, but did not qualify for the event finals. Sophomore Brian Sommers of Colby crossed the finish line in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.39 seconds, missing the cut for Saturday's final.
Bates junior Allison Hill took second place in her heat of the 100-meter hurdles, but her time of 14.33 seconds was the sixth-fastest overall to earn a spot in the final. Tufts senior Marilyn Allen was fifth in the same heat with a time of 14.39 seconds, missing out on the last spot in the final by .01 seconds.
Senior Emily Doyle of Colby bettered her school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.30 seconds to finish second in her heat and post the sixth-fastest overall time to qualify for the event final. Middlebury senior Alexandra Morris turned in a time of 56.21 seconds, falling short of joining Doyle in the final.
Colby junior Jenna Athanasopoulos closed out the heptathlon with 4,284 points, which was good for a 15th-place finish overall. She started the second day of competition with a leap of 15-11 (4.85m) in the long jump to receive 519 points. Athanasopoulos earned 419 points in the javelin with a throw of 88-5.5 (26.96m) and 656 points in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:33.00 to end the day.
Both NESCAC entries in the women’s 100-meter dash fell short of qualifying for the final day, as Tufts senior Alexis Harrison and Bates senior Alexis Dickinson turned in times of 12.12 and 12.45 seconds, respectively.
Williams sophomore Helene Hall tied for 13th in the high jump after clearing a height of 5-3.75 (1.62m). Colby's Kim Donaldson finished 18th in the shot put with a distance of 41-7.75 (12.69m). First-year Lucy Lang of Middlebury posted a time of 2:11.31 in her preliminary heat of the 800-meter run, but finished just outside of the final qualifying time.