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W&M Men's Track Finishes Second at the Colonial Relays

WILLIAMSBURG - The William and Mary men's track and field team closed the Colonial Relays on Saturday evening in second place, amassing 97 points to 128 for the Scarlet Knights from Rutgers. The day's action included numerous IC4A qualifications, and a world record in the 4x800m relay.

Complete Results

Men's 4x800m Relay
The day started off with a world record in the 4x800m relay, as the team of Miles Smith, Mike Schroer, Jason Rhodes, and Scott Anderson ran 7:55.67 to break the sub-master's (35-39 age group) world record by nearly 16 seconds. Winning the event was the Virginia Tech squad of Ryan Hagen, Nick McLaughlin, Tihut Degfae, and Michael Hammond, who sprinted down the homestretch in 7:29.80 to fend off Georgetown (7:30.07) for the win and an IC4A qualification. Each of top 10 teams reached the IC4A standard, and the top five was finished off by Fordham in third (7:32.14), Virginia Tech's B-squad in 7:32.92, and Maryland's team in 7:33.37.

Men's 4x100m Relay
Rutgers picked up its first relay title of the weekend in the 4x100m, as the team of Mike Demko, Bruce Owens, Steve Werner, and Nii-Amon Robertson combined to win in 41.14 seconds, qualifying for the IC4A Championships and ranking 27th in the East Region. VCU was second in 41.26, 39th in the East, and Temple won bronze in 41.51, the 48th-best time in the Region this season. Monmouth was fourth in 41.69, Rutgers' "B" was fifth in 42.47, and Maryland, sixth in 42.50 all also dipped under the IC4A qualifying mark.

Men's Distance Medley Relay
Virginia Tech took the gold in the distance medley relay, with the team of Chris Walizer, Garrett Bradley, Jeff Miller, and William Mulherin combining to time 9:52.23. George Mason was second in 9:52.88, and the William and Mary team of Harry Miller (Portland, Ore.), Chris McIntosh (Owings Mill, Md.), Chris Tyson (Arlington, Va.), and Liam Anastasia-Murphy (Gloucester, Mass.) finished third in 9:54.56. George Mason's "B" team took fourth in 9:57.56, and Georgetown finished fifth in 9:58.80.

Men's Shuttle Hurdle Relay
Rider claimed the title in shuttle hurdle relays in 1:00.64, with the team comprised of David Hightower, James Burroughs, Ron Moore, and Jammar Lim. Delaware was second in 1:02.49, Rutgers third in 1:02.62, and Bucknell finished fourth in 1:06.30.

Men's 100m Dash
Kenny Mitchell of Georgetown cleared the course in 10.51 seconds to win gold in the 100m dash, qualifying for the IC4A Championships and ranking 18th in the East Region. Three-time Olympian Eric Ndri was second in 10.62 seconds, and Temple's Emmanuel Freeland finished third and qualified for the IC4A Championships in 10.77 seconds. Fourth went to Jeffrey Lewis competing unattached, in 10.87 seconds, and Christian Tobias of Georgetown finished the top five in 10.90 seconds.

Men's Discus
Rutgers picked up valuable team points in the discus, as James Plummer won the event with a throw of 184-4 (56.20 meters), ranking fourth in the East region and qualifying for the IC4A Championships. John Clark of Rider also met the IC4A standard, taking second at 48.15m, ranking 40th in the region. Jorge Merino of Rider took bronze at 45.58m, and Vincent Elardo of Monmouth was fourth in 45.43m. Rounding out the top five was Virginia's Vincenzo Chiariello, who threw for 45.11m.

Men's High Jump
Norfolk Stat's Raphael Hall won the high jump in IC4A-qualifying fashion, over the bar at 6-10.25 (2.09m) to rank 19th in the East Region. The next three jumpers all topped out at 6-8.25 (2.04m), with Adam Bergo of Rutgers getting second on the basis of fewer misses, and Drew Fitzgerald of Bucknell finishing third. Greg Nelson of Virginia was the fourth-place finisher, ahead of three tied for fifth at 6-6.25 (1.99m). That trio included Josue Louis of Temple, Richard Roethel of Christopher Newport, and Kevin Hegel of George Mason.

Men's Triple Jump
The final individual event of the day was the triple jump, won by Victor Gilreath of UMBC with a leap of 49-1.75 (14.98m). His effort surpassed the IC4A standard, and ranks him 19th in the East region. Amire Solomon of Long Island took second at 14.62m, also qualifying for the IC4A meet, and Kevin Bostick of Rutgers also met the IC4A standard, taking third at 14.51m. Fourth place went to Brian Pendleton of UMBC at 14.30m, and Villanova's Robert Sainvil rounded out the top five at 14.25m.

Men's 4x200m Relay
In the 4x200m relay, Rutgers again picked up gold as the team of Bruce Owens, Nii-Amon Robertson, Kyle Grady, and Steve Werner coasted to a comfortable winning margin at 1:24.78, two seconds ahead of runner-up Virginia Commonwealth. The Rams finished in 1:26.74, and Norfolk State won bronze in 1:26.95. Fourth went to the team from Temple, in 1:27.40, and Howard took fifth in 1:28.29.

Men's 4x1,500m Relay
William and Mary proved dominant once again in the 4x1,500m, winning the title for the third year in a row, and 10th time in the last 14 runnings of the event. The aggregation of Colin Leak (Chadds Ford, Pa.), Robert Sagar (Alexandria, Va.), Zach Tennant (), and Patterson Wilhelm (Lynchburg, Va.) annexed the gold medal in 15:49.79, ahead of Iona's quartet that finished in 15:52.87. St. Francis was third in 16:16.87, with George Mason fourth in 16:22.50 and Mansfield University fifth, timing 16:25.98.

Men's 4x400m Relay
Seton Hall made sure that it's last Colonial Relays race would be a golden one, as the team of Sean Morris, Kamar Ellis, Antonio Reynolds, and Carl Smith combined to win the 4x400m in 3:11.54, qualifying for the IC4A Championships and ranking 15th in the East. The Hall has won innumerable individual and relay titles of the years as a stalwart at the Colonial Relays, but will be dropped by its university at the end of the season. Taking second in the race was Villanova in 3:12.67, the second of eight teams to reach the IC4A Championships, and Georgetown was third in 3:12.95. Rutgers' "A" team was fourth in 3:13.83, and Norfolk State rounded out the top five in 3:13.95.

William and Mary returns to action next weekend, April 10th, at the GMU Spring Festival in Fairfax, Virginia.

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