W&M Men's Track and Field Collects Five Qualifying Marks Saturday
WILLIAMSBURG - Competing in two meets, the William and Mary men's track and field team picked up its first five IC4A qualifications on the season on Saturday. The majority of the team competed in Annapolis, at Navy's Wesley Brown Invitational, while a select few ran at George Mason's Patriot Games.
Wes Brown Invitational Results
Patriot Games Results
In the 60m hurdles at Navy, junior Matt Clark (Richmond, Va.) ran two personal best times, both in the College's all-time top-eight performances for the event. In the prelims, Clark ran 8.40 seconds, improving his previous best by .02 seconds. In the finals, he further dropped his time to 8.37 seconds, taking fifth overall. He moved past Todd Doughty '97 as the second-fastest hurdler in school history, trailing only Erik Musiek '99. The race was the fifth-fastest all-time, behind four by Musiek including the school-record 8.26 seconds he ran on Feb. 7, 1997.
The Tribe's first IC4A qualifier of the year came in the Navy 5,000m, where Alex McGrath (Marlborough, N.H.) earned his first career qualifier with an indoor-best 14:39.46. The third-year harrier finished third overall in the race.
Two more qualifiers came out of the Navy 3,000m, led by junior Tom Burke (Edina, Minn.), who finished sixth overall in 8:22.37 to meet the qualifying standard. Senior Lewis Woodard (Charlotte, N.C.) also ran under the standard, finishing 10th in 8:24.49. Woodard's time was a personal-best by just over a second. Meanwhile, in the Mason 3,000m, a pair of freshmen turned in two top-five finishes. Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) ran 8:37.89 for third place, just ahead of Ted Richardson's (Midlothian, Va.) 8:38.56 fourth-place effort.
The day's final two IC4A qualifiers came in the Navy mile run, from a pair of veteran All-East performers. Liam Anastasia-Murphy (Gloucester, Mass.) ran 4:13.47 for eighth place in the event, just ahead of Brian Sklodowski (Newark, Del.), who ran a personal-best 4:14.28 for ninth place.
Senior Zach Jordan (Dublin, Ohio) nearly gave the Tribe six qualifiers with his second-place effort in the weight throw at Navy. He threw the 35-pound implement 16.74 meters (54-11.25), only six centimeters behind the minimum distance needed for the IC4A Championships. Jordan was an IC4A qualifier last winter, with a personal-best throw of 17.06m (55-11.75).
At George Mason, senior Chris McIntosh (Owings Mill, Md.) took second in the 500m dash with a career-fast 1:05.98. The race was more than six-tenths of a second faster than he had ever run before.
Distance Medley Relay
The team's final notable performance came in the DMR at Navy, where the Tribe was just two seconds behind the IC4A qualifying mark in 10:21.57, and finished fourth overall. Anastasia-Murphy led-off the quartet, before handing the baton to freshman Mark Moran (McLean, Va.). Senior David Blitzer (Haworth, N.J.) had the 800m leg, and Sklodowski finished things off with his 1,600m turn.
William and Mary returns to action in two weeks, racing at the Vince Brown Invitational in Newport News, Virginia, on February 12th.