Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information
AMHERST, Mass. - The Williams College men’s track & field team used a strong showing in the final three events to edge three-time defending NESCAC Champion Tufts University and claim its first NESCAC crown since the 2011 season. The Ephs finished the day with 207 points, while the Jumbos posted a score of 182.
Williams' Bijan Mazaheri recorded two of the Ephs' five meet wins, taking the title in the 10,000-meter race with a mark of 30:55.72 before using an impressive performance in the final 500-yards of the 5,000-meter run to edge teammate Colin Cotton by four seconds with of time 14.41.45. In the short distance events, Eph Katakyie Ofori-Atta earned a pair of wins by a combined .03 seconds. Taking the track in the 100 and 200-meter dash, Ofori-Atta legged out Alex Tomcho of Trinity by .02 and .01 seconds, respectively, to record times of 10.82 and 21.82 and earn the victories.
The Ephs' final victory of the day came in the 400-meter hurdles as Nolan Raimo and Conor Dunham finished back-to-back to secure 18 points for the Ephs with marks of 53.56 and 53.94.
Tufts’ Bryson Hoover-Hankerson topped second-place finisher Christian Holway of Williams (6.92 meters) in the long jump to win with a distance of 7.04 meters, while Stefan Duvivier added another field victory for the Jumbos in the high jump with a mark of 1.98 meters. Defending NESCAC individual champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Luke O’Connor once again won handily, posting a time of 9:15.37 to finish more than 10 seconds faster than his closest competitor for the second consecutive year.
Mitchell Black was another key contributor for the Jumbos, taking the 1,500-meter run title in 3:52.28 and the 800-meter crown in 1:51.36. It marked the third time Black finished first in the 800 meters.
Michael Pallozzi earned a victory for Middlebury in the 110-meter hurdles, recording a photo finish mark of 14.94 to edge Josh Etkind of Tufts. Alex Nichols finished the 400-meter dash in 48.32 to record 10 points for the Panthers while Jared Whitman used a height of 4.70 meters to register the first-place finish in the pole vault. Deklan Robinson won the javelin with a throw of 58.64m.
Bates had a big day in field events, as Nick Margitza captured a win in the shot put with a throw of 15.60 meters and in the hammer throw (54.43m). Adedire Fakorede tallied the Bobcats' third field victory, recording a distance of 47.50 meters in the discus.
Brian Greenberg of Bowdoin won the triple jump with a leap of 14.51 meters.
In the relay action, Tufts tied the NESCAC meet record with a time of 41.68 in the 4x100, while Middlebury crossed the finish line in 3:17.39 in the 4x400 to claim the top spot. Bowdoin won the final relay event, notching a time of 7:41.74 in the 4x800.
1. Williams (207)
2. Tufts (182)
3. Middlebury (122)
4. Bates (92)
5. Bowdoin (59)
6. Amherst (36)
7. Colby (30)
9. Trinity (29)
10. Connecticut College (16)
11. Hamilton (15)
Photo Courtesy Geoffrey Bolte, Clarus Studios, Inc.