Last Friday, May 2, both the RPI men’s and women’s varsity track and field teams, led by Head Coach Colin Tory, traveled to St. John Fisher College to compete in the NYSCTC Championships. The meet began on Friday night, and continued on Saturday morning. The decathlon/heptathlon took place on the preceding Sunday and Monday, April 27–28, at RIT. The meet consisted of 13 teams, all of which are Division III schools in New York.
The men’s team boasted four individual victories and an overall first place finish for the fourth consecutive year. They scored 162.5 points to defeat second place University of Rochester with 142 points and third place Ithaca College with 101. RPI won four individual events; two were on the track, and two were in the field. The men’s 4×400 team, comprised of senior Sam Ellis, junior Dylan Landry, freshman Ben Mason, and freshman Sam Waddell placed first in a time of 3:20.81. Sophomore Bobby Parker won the men’s 5000 meter handily in a time of 14:57.49, winning by almost 10 seconds and closing his final 400 meters in 58 seconds. Other highlight performances on the track included senior Aldous Strother in the steeplechase (third place), senior Alex Delaney in the 400 meter hurdles (second place), senior Sean Quinn and junior Jacob Andrews in the 10000 meter run (third and fourth places), freshman Benjamin Fazio in the 1500 meter run (fourth place), Landry in the 400 meters (fourth place), and Ellis in the decathlon (second place). On the field side, two throwers posted individual victories: sophomore Tyler Yeastedt won the discus with a throw of 46.23 meters, and senior Zac Borrelli won the shot put with a throw of 15.35 meters. Senior Zac Borrelli has been named the Liberty League men’s track & field field performer of the week for the fourth week in a row, following his performance at the state meet. Borrelli won the shot put, came in second in the discus, and fourth in the hammer throw. He also won all three events at the liberty league championships two weeks prior.
The women’s team placed fourth, scoring 84 points behind first place Ithaca with 166 points, second place St. Lawrence University with 152.5 points, and third place Rochester with 151.5 points. The women’s team was led by graduate student, Lydia Frangos, senior Ivy Muchuma, and senior Cheryl Tran. Muchuma placed second in both the discus and shot put, with throws of 40.61 meters and 12.27 meters respectively. Frangos placed third behind her teammate in the discus, with a throw of 37.31 meters. Tran placed second in the high jump with a jump of 1.58 meters.
Both teams will compete again at the ECAC championships on May 15–16, at the Harkness Track and Field. The meet is a regional NCAA championship for the top athletes in the northeast region. Many RPI athletes have qualified and will be competing; it is a great opportunity since it is not often that regional championship meets occur on our campus.