Trinity Men's Track and Field 2017-18 Season Recap

Trinity Men's Track and Field 2017-18 Season Recap
Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's track and field team had another successful indoor and outdoor season during the 2017-18 academic year. During the indoor season, the Bantams finished tied for 23rd of 27 teams at the New England Division III Indoor Championships and in the spring, Trinity finished ninth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships.  Sophomore Ace McAlister (Great Barrington, Mass.) set a new personal best in the 3,000-meter run and earned All-New England honors to highlight the squad's performance at the Division III New England Indoor Championships in February, while five competitors earned All-New England recognition in the outdoor championships. 
 
Junior Samuel Oyebefun (Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis) won two events to lead the team to an impressive showing at the 2017-18 season-opening Snowflake Winter Classic, hosted by Smith College. Oyebefun bested the field in the 60-meter dash, finishing with a blazing finals time of 6.94, 0.26 faster than any other runner. He also won the 200-meter dash with the field's best time of 23.41 while junior Luke Mayer (Morristown, N.J.) took home first-place in the 60-meter hurdles with a finals time of 8.51 and McAlister won the mile-run in a closely contested race, finishing in 4:31.87. Oyebefun's time ranked him .01 seconds out of the DIII Indoor National Championships later that season.
 
Trinity kicked off the new calendar year at the Embry-Riddle University 2018 Indoor-Outdoor Challenge in Daytona Beach, Florida. Mayer finished second among collegiate participants in the 60-meter hurdles, just .63 behind the first-place time while first-year Stephen Tyler (Weston, Mass.) impressed in the 1,000-meter run, taking second in a race settled by just over a second. Also in the 1,000-meter run, junior Zachary Joachim (Sudbury, Mass.) finished fourth among college runners. Senior captain Kyle Larsson (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) turned in a third-place performance in the 600-meter race, finishing in 1:25.14, just .09 out of second place.
 
At the Massasoit Classic, Larsson and Tyler finished 1-2 in the 1,000-meter run while Mayer and classmate Jack McInnis (North Andover, Mass.) claimed the top-two spots in the 60-meter hurdles with Mayer edging the field at 8.56 seconds. The Bantam 4x400-meter relay squad, composed of Larsson, Mayer, Tyler and junior Ben Feola (Woodbridge, Conn.), turned in a second-place effort.  The following weekend at the Wesleyan Invitational, McAlister won the 3,000-meter run before the squad boasted five career best finishes at Boston University's Valentine Invitational in early February. Senior Daniel Hughes (Hagley, England) hit a lifetime best in the 400-meter dash with a 52.59 finals time. Hughes was narrowly bested by Mayer in the 200-meter dash, who himself turned in a career-best time of 23.37. Sophomore Erick Pena (Sarasota, Fla.) captured an indoor 400-meter dash personal record while rookie Erkin Verbeek (Bethesda, Md.) posted a lifetime best in the 800-meter dash with a finals time of 2:01.36. McAlister also turned in a personal record in the 3,000-meter.
 
At the New England Indoor Championships, hosted by Middlebury, McAlister set a new personal best in the 3,000-meter run and earned All-New England honors to highlight the team's day of competition. McAlister turned in a sixth-place performance, finishing in 8:38.23, for a personal record for the second-year runner. McAlister shattered that record just a week later at Boston University's Last Chance meet, crossing the finish line in 8:33.97, nearly five seconds better than his previous personal record. 
 
The Bantams got off to a good start to the outdoor season as four athletes brought home first-place finishes at Wesleyan's Outdoor Invitational in late March. McAlister won the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:07.23, while teammates Joseph Ruggiero (Manchester, Conn.) and Larsson finished in second and third place.  McAlister also placed second in the 800-meter dash, finishing less than a second off the first place time. First-year William Estony (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) completed the 3000-meter in 9:19.72 to finish first, followed by teammate Timothy Bogomolov (Lynn, Mass.) who scored second. Deven Roberts (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) won the high jump at 1.83 meters to highlight the only Trinity victory in the field events.
 
Ruggiero won 5,000-meter run and Mayer brought home first place in the 110-meter hurdles to highlight Trinity's scoring on the day at the Coast Guard Invitational in early April before junior Alex Tomcho (Windsor, Conn.) finished third in the 100-meter dash, just 0.7 seconds behind the first-place time, and also finished seventh in the 200-meter dash the following weekend at the Connecticut College Silfen Outdoor Invitational.
 
The Bantams hosted the Trinity College Outdoor Track and Field Invitational on April 21 where Tomcho won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.98, and McAlister finished just under two seconds ahead of second-place Ruggiero in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:06.74. Other top finishes for the Bantams included a second-place time of 1:56.23 in the 800-meter run by Larsson and runner-up hurdles times of 15.17 over 110 meters and 1:00.64 over the intermediate hurdless by Mayer and Verbeek respectively.  In throws, junior Kevin Oleskewicz (Simsbury, Conn.) came through for Trinity with second-place tosses in both the discus (35.13 m) and the hammer (42.64 m).  
 
At the conference championships, also hosted by the Bantams, McAlister won the 5,000-meter run in a photo finish by .03 seconds with a time of 15:03.82, as the Trinity College Bantams placed ninth.  Mayer finished just shy of All-NESCAC honors, taking fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.12.  Juniors William Duggan (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Jack Boucher(Newton Center, Mass.) were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the javelin throw at 167'03" and 166'11" for the Bantams.  In relays, Trinity's 4x100-meter foursome, including Hughes, Mayer, and juniors Joe DiBacco (Reading, Mass.) and Feola, finished seventh with a time of 43.75.  Feola added a ninth-place time of 50.10 in the 400-meter dash to give the Bantams five individual top-ten finishes in the meet.
 
At the New England Division III Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at MIT, McAlister came in second place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:50.58 to earn All-New England recognition in the meet, along with five of his teammates. Mayer set a new Trinity record with his third-place time of 15.07 in the 110-meter hurdles, improving .26 seconds from the preliminary heat and besting the previous Bantam mark of 15.12 set by Geoff Bocobo in 2015.  Ruggiero placed seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:41.17, while Larsson was eighth in the 800-meter run at 1:53.95 and Tomcho came in eighth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.08 to round out the All-New England performances by the Bantams.
 
Mayer earned All-New England Open honors for his performance at the open championships the following weekend at Dartmouth. He was third among four Division III runners in the top eight with a time of 15.29 in the 110-meter hurdles. McAlister bookended the season with a first place finish in the 5,000-meter run by nearly eight seconds with a time of 14:48.96 at MIT's last chance meet in mid-May.
 
The Bantams had an equally successful season outside of competition as Roberts, Duros, Larsson and senior Caleb Wright (Brooklyn, N.Y.) were honored at the College's annual athletics awards reception. Roberts won the school's Senior Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award for his outstanding performance in the classroom and community while Duros won the Junior Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award. Larsson and Wright both earned Blanket Awards for earning nine varsity letters during their time in Hartford. Roberts also was named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
 
Junior William Duggan (Glastonbury, Conn.) represented the Bantams on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team and was joined by Roberts, Larsson, Gitchell, DiBacco, Joachim, Oyebefun, Ruggiero and junior Myles Walsh (Winchester, Mass.) on the NESCAC All-Academic team thanks to their hard work in the classroom.