Tufts will host the 2013 NESCAC Track & Field Championships on Saturday, April 27 at Ellis Oval/Dussault Track in Somerville, Mass. Action gets underway at 9:00 a.m. Saturday with the Panthers looking to make a run at several titles.
At the 2012 Championship at Bates, the Williams women’s team tallied 180 points and captured its 12th straight title. The Ephs have won 20 NESCAC championships overall since 1986. Tufts placed second with a score of 159 and Middlebury was two points back in third. The Jumbos and the Panthers have notched top-three finishes in each of the last nine conference championships.
On the men’s side, Bates racked up 156.25 points and took home its first NESCAC crown since 2000. The Bobcats’ second conference title snapped an 11-year streak of first place finishes by Williams. Tufts finished second with 146.25 points and Middlebury rounded out the top three with a score of 124. Williams ended up in fourth place with 111.75 points.
Two of the top three finishers in last year’s women’s 100-meter dash all return this weekend. Sophomore Christina Harvey (Middletown, Conn.) of Tufts is the defending champion, and junior Annie Lynch (New York, N.Y.) of Williams came in third at the 2012 championship meet. Lynch also took second in the 200-meter dash last spring.
Middlebury senior Addie Tousley (Kensington, Md.) followed up a second place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a first place time in the 5,000-meter run at the 2012 championship meet. Amherst senior Keri Lambert (Amherst, Mass.) took second in the 5,000. Middlebury senior Juliet Ryan-Davis (Newton, Mass.) also notched a pair of top finishes in 2012, taking second in the 400-meter run before she edged out a teammate for a victory in the 800-meter run.
In the field events, senior Kelly Allen (Norton, Mass.) of Tufts will return after picking up a pair of NESCAC titles and a runner-up finish last spring. Allen took first place in the shot put and set a new NESCAC championship meet record in the discus for the second year in a row with a winning throw of 48.24 meters. She finished second in the hammer throw to junior Amina Avril (Decatur, Ga.) of Williams, who also collected a pair of second place finishes in the shot put and discus. Tufts junior Jana Hieber (Goffstown, N.H.) will return as the defending champion in the long jump. Williams senior Tanisia Hoffler (New Haven, Conn.), the 2011 conference champion in the long jump, finished second in both the long jump and triple jump in 2012. Junior Jenna Adams (Littleton, Colo.) of Williams won the pole vault and set a new championship meet record last spring. Middlebury senior Grace Doering (Darien, Conn.) will return as the defending champion in the high jump.
On the men’s side, Colby senior Dominique Kone (Bucksport, Maine) will return as the three-time defending champion in the 100-meter dash. Kone set a new championship meet record in the 100 and also won the 200-meter dash for the first time last spring. Wesleyan sophomore LaDarius Drew (Mesquite, Texas) took second in both the 100 and the 200, while Tufts junior Daniel Lange Vagle (St. Paul, Minn.) turned in a pair of third place finishes in both events.
Middlebury will return a trio of individual defending champions in track events at this weekend’s meet. Junior Peter Hetzler (Rumson, N.J.) won the 400-meter run, Kevin Chu (Burlington, Vt.) took first in the 110-meter hurdles and Jack Davies (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) picked up the win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Connecticut College junior Michael LeDuc (Canton, Conn.) finished second in the steeplechase last year followed by Bates senior Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.). Tufts senior Jeff Marvel (Naples, Fla.) will be back to defend his title in the 1,500-meter run, and Bowdoin senior Sam Chick (Scarborough, Maine) will look to do the same in the 400-meter hurdles. Bates seniors Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) and James LePage (Cumberland, Maine) finished second and third, respectively, in the 800-meter run.
Bates senior David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) swept the shot put, hammer throw and discus last spring at the championship meet. Pless set new conference championship marks in both the hammer throw (59.34 meters) and the shot put (17.42 meters). The Bobcats have won all three of these events three years in a row. Tufts senior Adam Aronson (Norwood, Mass.) was second in the hammer throw and teammate Brian Williamson (Prairie Village, Kan.) came in third in the shot put. Also returning are Williams senior Stephen Simalchick (Danbury, Conn.), the 2010 and 2011 conference champion in the javelin, and Bates senior Zak Kofos (Marlborough, Mass.), last year’s runner-up. Tufts senior Gbola Ajayi (Lagos, Nigeria) is the defending champion in the long jump. Ajayi also took second place in the triple jump last spring. Classmate Michael Blair (Wellesley, Mass.) was third in both the high jump and the long jump in 2012.
Middlebury edged Bowdoin by .01 seconds in the men’s 4x100-meter relay last spring, but the Polar Bears took home the crown in the distance medley relay. On the women’s side, Colby won the 4x100 and Bates captured the 4x800 title.
Results from the 2013 NESCAC Track & Field Championships will be posted at the conclusion of the meet at www.nescac.com.