Track and Field Hold Their Own
The Wesleyan track and field team dominated at the Boston Indoor Games this past weekend at the Reggie Lewis Track. The Boston Indoor Games is an annual indoor track meet that is attended by Division I, II, and III schools. Among the highly competitive field, powerhouse schools like Northeastern, University of Vermont, and New Hampshire were in attendance. Despite this, the Cardinals managed to hold their own in a number of events.
In front of a packed crowd, the Cardinals ran around the banked track and demonstrated that they are a force to be reckoned with. To start off the show, on the men’s side, Austin Cotant ’13 ran an incredible mile time of 4:24.70. Breaking off from a field of about twenty other runners, he sprinted his way to a first place victory in his heat, cruising to the finish line almost 100 yards ahead of the other competitors.
Keeping this positive energy alive, Skyler Cummins ’13 and Bryan Marsh ’13 came in second and third in the 5k with times of 15:01.80 and 15:02.74, respectively. Following right behind was quad-captain Charlie Lang ’11 in 15:03.10. Breaking away from a pack that included rivals from Williams, Cummins, Marsh, and Lang looked strong and relaxed throughout the race. Quad-captain Tommie Lark ’12, Marsh, Cummins, and Lang all qualified for the New England Open meet, as well as the New England Division III championships and the ECAC Division III meet, with their performances.
“The banked track along with the amazing atmosphere really pumped a lot of us up, and you can clearly see that in the efforts of my teammates,” said quad-captain Matt Katz ’11. “I was so proud to see my teammates in the 5k run such strong races. They really made our team proud and showed Williams that we are a great team.”
In the 200m, Paulie Lowther ’13 came in 15th overall in a field of 61 runners with a time of 23.27. Lark also excelled in the triple jump; he came in fourth overall with a jump of 45-9, which was his best jump this season.
The female Cardinals also had some great races, but no Cardinal placed high enough to garner team points. Julia Mark ’13 competed in the mile and came in 17th out of 85 runners with a solid time of 5:11.65. Nicole Lepre ’13 also had a thrilling performance with a time of 5:30.83. Overall, the women’s team worked together and realized what they needed to work on.
“Although, we did not compete as well as I know we can, this meet was highly intense, and I feel we gave it our all in most events,” said captain Jessica Levin ’11.
Up next for the Cardinals is another trip to the Boston area, this time to Tufts for the Tufts Stampede Invitational, on Saturday, Feb. 5.