Williams will host the 2015 NESCAC Track & Field Championships on Saturday, April 25 at Lee Family Track in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Action gets underway at 9:00 a.m.
At the 2014 Championships, the Tufts men's team successfully defended its championship title from 2013, while the Williams women's team hoisted the NESCAC trophy for the 13th time in 14 years. The Jumbo men recorded 178.9 points to capture its fourth overall title. On the women's side, Williams tallied 179 points to earn its 21st overall title.
The Middlebury men comfortably claimed runner-up honors with 166.5 points, while Bates edged Williams for third place by two points as the Bobcats registered 107.2 points. The Tufts women took second place with 126 points, while Middlebury finished third (109.5) and Colby landed in fourth (83.5).
In the men's 100-meter dash, Williams junior Katakyie Ofori-Atta (Accra, Ghana) owns the fastest time in the NESCAC by three-tenths of a second. He will be challenged by last year's Most Outstanding Male Performer LaDarius Drew (Mesquite, Texas) of Wesleyan and sophomoreColin Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) of Bates. Drew holds the second-fastest times in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and is the reigning conference champion in the 200. Standing in his way is Colby first-year Brian Sommers (Acton, Mass.), who holds the top time in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Another pair of first-years look to contend in the 200 and 400, as Kelsey Baradzi (Bay Shore, N.Y.) of Trinity and Andrew DiMaiti (Medford, Mass.) of Tufts head into the weekend with the third-best times, respectively. Reigning 400-meter champion Middlebury sophomore Alex Nichols (Brunswick, Maine) and Bowdoin first-year Liam Nicoll (Cheshire, Conn.), who boasts the second-best time in the 400, will be factors as well.
Defending 800-meter run champion Mitch Black (Brunswick, Maine) enters the weekend as the favorite, having posted the conference's top time by more than four seconds. The Tufts junior will have to cross the finish line ahead of Williams senior Andrew Beaudoin (Dedham, Mass.) and Middlebury first-year Kevin Serrao (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.), who have the second- and third-quickest times in the event.
New champions will be crowned in the 1,500-meter run, the 10,000-meter run and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The 1,500-meter run could be one of the most entertaining races to watch on Saturday, as the top three times in the event are separated by a mere six-hundredths of a second. Colby sophomore David Chelimo (Nyahururu, Kenya) and Williams senior Aldis Inde (Edina, Minn.) have turned in matching times of 3:52.79, while sophomore Ben Bosworth (Dorchester, Conn.) of Connecticut College is right on their heels. Inde, the defending champion in the 5,000 meters, also heads into the weekend with the event's top time by more than 19 seconds. He will compete against Wesleyan senior Evan Bieder (Southport, Conn.) and Tufts sophomore Tim Nichols (North Lima, Ohio) for a spot in the top three. In the 10,000-meter run, junior Bijan Mazaheri (Wellesley, Mass.) clocked one of the fastest times in Division III history last weekend, but he will tested by Connecticut College senior Patrick Dermody (Erieville, N.Y.) and Hamilton junior Adam Pfander (Beacon, N.Y.). Bowdoin senior Kevin Hoose (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) has emerged as the solid frontrunner to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while a trio of sophomores in Luke O'Connor (Chicago, Ill.) of Tufts, Bridger Tomlin (Boulder, Conn.) of Bowdoin and Evan Ferguson-Hull (West Hartford, Conn.) of Bates are less than a second apart from each other.
In the 400-meter hurdles, defending champion Jake Wood (Manitou Springs, Colo.) of Middlebury enters the race with the third-best qualifying time, as the senior will have to beat Williams first-year Conor Dunham (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Nolan Raimo (Marblehead, Mass.) to the finish line to repeat as champion. The 110-meter hurdles features Bates senior Eric Wainman (Glastonbury, Conn.), who claims the top time, followed closely by Middlebury senior Taylor Shortsleeve (Medfield, Mass.) and Williams senior Laye Samoura (Coatesville, Pa.). Shortsleeve will be looking to repeat as the NESCAC high jump champion as well. He will face stiff competition from Williams sophomore Youle Chen (Qingdao, China), who boasts the top mark this season, and first-year Stefan Duvivier (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) of Tufts and Ian Outhwaite (Brooklyn, N.Y.) of Williams.
Bates first-year Garrett Anderson (Raleigh, N.C.) has burst onto the collegiate scene in the pole vault, having cleared nearly eight inches more than fellow first-year Pierceson Brown (Beverly, Mass.) of Williams, who is seeded second in the event. The rookies will be pushed for the top spot by Williams junior Reid Pryzant (Falmouth, Maine) and Middlebury sophomore Jared Whitman (North Wales, Pa.).
LaDarius Drew hopes to defend his title in the long jump, entering the event with the third-best mark, but he will have to best a pair of Bowdoin jumpers in senior Chris Genco (Madison, Conn.) and first-year Stephan DeCarlo (Cos Cob, Conn.). In the triple jump, Trinity sophomore Aman Stuppard (Mattapan, Mass.) aims to capture first place one year after finishing second. He will have to contend against Bates sophomore Jeffrey Jones (College Park, Ga.) and Bowdoin first-year Brian Greenberg (Slingerlands, N.Y.).
Bates senior Sean Enos (Lynnfield, Mass.) aims to win titles in the discus, the hammer throw and the shot put as the top seed in each event, and repeat as the conference champion in the discus and the hammer throw. Bates junior Nick Margitza (Waterville, Maine) comes in as the second seed in the shot put and the third seed in the hammer throw, while Middlebury junior Daniel Plunkett (Marblehead, Mass.) heads into the championship as the third seed in the shot put and defending shot put champion Tufts senior Brian Williamson (Prairie Village, Kan.) enters as the fourth seed in all three events. Junior Agbon Edomwonyi (Newark, N.J.) of Wesleyan and senior Cam Woodford (Minot, Maine) of Bowdoin are the second seeds in the discus and the hammer throw, respectively. In the javelin, Middlebury junior Ian Riley (Needham, Mass.) boasts the top throw. Behind him is Tufts sophomore Nick Usoff (Acton, Mass.) as the No. 2 seed and Bowdoin junior Andrew Murowchick (Needham, Mass.) as the No. 3 seed.
On the women's side, Amherst sophomore Karen Blake (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) looks to be a contender to possibly sweep the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as she boasts the top league times in both events. The defending 100-meter dash champion will face tough competition from Tufts junior Alexis Harrison (Toms River, N.J.) and Amherst junior Taylor Summers (Upper Saddle River, N.J.), who are seeded second and third in the event, respectively. In the 200-meter dash, junior Grace Weatherall (Ipswich, Mass.) of Williams and junior Emily Doyle(Duxbury, Mass.) of Colby look to contend for the title as well.
In the 400-meter dash, Wesleyan junior Ellie Martin (Weston, Conn.) owns the fastest time, but will have to get past senior teammate Melissa Luning (East Northport, N.Y.) and Williams junior Jessica O'Brien (Germantown, Mass.) in order to be named event champion. The 800-meter run will have a new event champion, as Tufts junior Sydney Smith (Englewood, Colo.), Connecticut College sophomore Isabella Franz (Water Mill, N.Y.) and Williams sophomore Laney Teaford(Sacramento, Calif.) lead a wide-open field.
Tufts junior Marilyn Allen (Plansboro, N.J.) and Williams first-year Kate Kennedy (London, England) will square off in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Allen has turned in the best time in the 100 hurdles, and is ranked third in the 400, while Kennedy owns the top time in the 400 hurdles and the second-fastest time in the 100. Weatherall and sophomore Alyza Ngbokoli(Yonkers, N.Y.), both of Williams, also look to be factors in the 100 and 400 hurdles, respectively.
Middlebury claims the top three seeds in the 1,500-meter run, as sophomore Erzie Nagy (Albion, Maine), senior Alison Maxwell (Port Angeles, Wash.), and senior Sarah Guth (Wilton, Conn.) are separated by just under two seconds. The 5,000-meter race will likely have a close finish, as senior Alison Smith (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and junior Lacey Serletti (Wynnewood, Pa.) of Williams lead a group of five runners separated by a nine-second margin. In the 10,000 meters, a trio of Amherst runners pace the field as junior Lexi Sinclair (West Bloomfield, Mich.) has the top time followed by senior Lizzy Briskin (Sherborn, Mass.) and Savannah Gornisiewicz(Pompano Beach, Fla.). Colby junior Alanna McDonough (Andover, Mass.), the defending 3,000-meter steeplechase champion, comes into the weekend with the second-best time in the event behind Williams sophomore Hannah Cole (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and ahead of Serletti.
New champions will be crowned in all four throwing events. Bowdoin senior Randi London(Harpswell, Maine) is a threat to win the discus, the hammer throw and the shot put, entering the weekend with the top mark in the discus and the second-best and third-best marks in the shot put and the hammer throw, respectively. She will face a challenge from Wesleyan seniorOrelia Jonathan (Williamstown, Mass.) and Bowdoin sophomore Pamela Zabala (Peabody, Mass.) in the discus. Junior Lily Talesnick (Littleton, Colo.) of Trinity has the conference's best result in the hammer throw and the third-best result in the shot put. Tufts sophomore Bailey Conner(Nashville, Tenn.) boasts the top distance in the shot put, while Colby sophomore Michaela Garrett (Spruce Head, Maine) is seeded second in the hammer throw. It looks to be a tight competition in the javelin throw as Middlebury junior Carly Andersen (Mercer Island, Wash.) and first-year Devon Player (Phoenixville, Pa.) and Bowdoin sophomore Ellen Masalsky (Dedham, Mass.) are separated by nine inches in the top three.
Bowdoin senior Erin Silva (Westborough, Mass.), the defending pole vault champion, enters the weekend as the favorite, but will contend with junior Melanie Ehrenberg (Rumson, N.J.) of Bates and sophomore Keren Hendel (San Jose, Calif.) to retain her title.
The high jump features a pair of returning conference champions in Amherst sophomore Kiana Herold (Sebastopol, Calif.), the reigning champion, and Bates senior Colby Gail (Topsham, Maine), the 2013 champion. Herold is the top seed, but will face tough competition from second-seeded Bates first-year Srishti Sunil (Bangalore, India) and third-seeded Bowdoin senior Hayleigh Kein (Unity, Maine) along with Gail.
Reigning triple jump champion Jenna Wilborne (New Haven, Conn.) of Trinity looks to sweep the long and triple jump events. The senior owns the NESCAC's top distances in both events. In the long jump, she will go toe-to-toe with Wesleyan junior Alexis Walker (Oklahoma City, Okla.), the 2013 long jump champion, and Sunil. Wilborne will have to get past Williams sophomore Candice Dyce (Cambria Heights, N.Y.) and Bowdoin junior Katherine Krupp (Carlisle, Mass.) in the triple jump.