NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Day 3 Recap

Aidan Ryan, Williams

GENEVA, Ohio – Williams sophomore Aidan Ryan won the men’s 1,500-meter race and Bates senior Ayden Eickhoff was the national runner-up in the women’s 1,500-meters, to highlight NESCAC performances on the final day of the NCAA Division III Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. A total of 14 NESCAC athletes, along with two relay teams earned All-America honors on the last day of competition.

COMPLETE RESULTS

Loras (53 points) won the women’s title by four points over Washington University (Mo.) (49 points). George Fox and Johns Hopkins tied for third with 36 points each. Williams led the NESCAC teams with a 10th-place finish and 23 points. Middlebury, Trinity, Bates, Bowdoin, Amherst, and Colby also scored during the three-day meet.

Wisconsin-Eau Clarie claimed the men’s title with 68 points. MIT (38 points) was second and followed by the hosts, Mount Union (36 points) in third place. The Williams men’s squad paced the NESCAC schools, finishing 19th with 14 points. Middlebury, Colby, and Tufts also scored points.

Ryan won the men’s 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:49.14 and set a new stadium record. Fellow Eph, Tristian Colaizzi, a junior, also earned All-America honors with an eighth-place finish and time of 3:52.47. Middlebury senior Jon Perlman rounded out the NESCAC runners in the event, finishing ninth with a time of 3:52.47.

In the women’s 1,500-meter race, Eickoff was one of five runners from the NESCAC to qualify for the finals. She posted a runner-up time of 4:30.73 and earned All-America status for the sixth time in her Bates career. Emily Bryson of Brandeis captured the individual title with a time of 4:28.44. Middlebury senior Abigail Nadler (4:31.22) finished fourth, Amherst senior Christina Scartelli (4:32.25) placed sixth, and Williams junior Anna Passannante (4:32.27) finished seventh to join Eickhoff on the podium and earn All-America honors. Trinity senior Anna Barnes finished 10th in the race with a time of 4:36.77.

Middlebury first-year Cassie Kearney was 10th in the women’s 800-meters, clocking in at 2:14.60, while Passannante posted a time of 2:19.28 to finish 11th. Nathan Hill, a junior from Middlebury, was the lone NESCAC runner in the men’s 800-meter finals and finished fifth (1:52.87) to garner All-America honors.

In the 400-meter races, seniors Morgan Hallow of Trinity and Jimmy Martinez of Middlebury qualified for the finals. Hallow posted a time of 57.26 seconds in the women’s race to finish eighth and earn All-America accolades. Martinez was ninth in the men’s race with a time of 47.71 seconds.

Middlebury senior Rory Kelly picked up an All-America citation in the women’s 5,000-meters, placing seventh with a time of 17:30.92. Amherst’s Scartelli was 20th overall (18:48.64). Ryan earned his second All-America honor of the day with a sixth-place finish in the men’s 5,000-meters, posting a time of 14:53.19.

In the hurdles, Colby senior Sophie Stoke-Cerkvenik, the defending NCAA champion in the 100-meters, placed sixth with a time of 14.09 seconds to earn her second straight All-America honor. Fellow Mule Sage Bailin finished third in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. The junior clocked a time of 51.94 seconds to earn All-America accolades.

In the field events, Tufts senior Ben Wallace posted a height of 4.85 meters to finish sixth and garner All-America honors in the men’s pole vault. Middlebury senior John Natalone finished 15th overall with a mark of 4.60 meters.

Middlebury senior Minhaj Rahman led the NESCAC throwers in the men’s hammer, finishing seventh with a toss of 58.48 meters. Bates sophomore John Rex registered a throw of 53.84 meters to place 15th overall.

Williams senior Kene Odenigo finished 18th in the women’s triple jump with a distance of 11.14 meters.

In the final event of the championships, the 4x400 relays, the Williams team of sophomores Davis Collison and Ella Dunn, along with senior Caitlin Ubl and junior Megan Powell combined for a time of 3:44.72, a Williams school record, to finish as the national runner-up. The Nebraska Wesleyan squad took first place with a time of 3:42.31.

In the men’s race, the Middlebury team of junior Arden Coleman, sophomore William Robertson, junior Nathan Hill, and senior Jimmy Martinez finished eighth with a time of 3:13.25. All four members earned All-America honors.