Feb. 12, 2012
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BOSTON, MA - The longest races provided some of the best results for the Johns Hopkins men’s track team at Boston University’s Valentine Invitational on February 11th as sophomore Max Robinson finished second in his heat of the 5,000-meter run while newcomer Austin Stecklair set a new freshman record in the 3.000-meter run.
Robinson took seven seconds off the 5000-meter run school record when he recorded an excellent 14:52.66 and finished second in his section of the event. Julian Saliani ran his season’s best 8:46.52 for the 3000 meter run to finish just in front of the new Hopkins freshman record of 8:54.91 set by Stecklair.
Sophomore Wes Butler showed solid improvement when he first anchored the Distance Medley Relay to a season’s best time of 10:26.72 with a 4:23 mile. He later came back to run 4:24.93 in a heat of the open mile event, a time which is the third best indoor mile in school history. In the relay, Andrew Carey, Steve Hyland and Ben Press preceded Butler when they ran the 1200, 400 and 800 meter legs.
Season best times were recorded by Tobe Madu with 7.30 in the 60 meter dash, Jacob Kramer who ran 8.73 in the 60 meter hurdles, and Rob Martin’s 50.66 for the 400 meter dash. All rank high in the Centennial Conference.
The 200 meter dash resulted in Martin, 22.98, Alex Naticchia, 23.02, and Madu, 23.22, climbing into the third, fourth and fifth spots in the Centennial rankings. Alex Jebb returned from injury with a long jump of 6.24 meters (20’5 ¾”), followed by teammate Mike Spadaro at 6.21 (20’4 ½”). They rank fifth through seventh in the conference. Luke Sand was eighth in a field of 35 with a shot put mark of 14.19 meters (46’ 6 ¾”).
In the triple jump, Michael Spadaro broke his own freshman indoor record with a leap of 13.88 (45’6 ½”) that was just short of Jebb’s school record. Jebb was just behind with 13.57 (44’ 6 ¼”) as Spadaro led Jebb to a one and two finish in their section, good for eighth and 11th overall. They are first and second in the conference standings, with Jebb now ¾” in front of Spadaro.
The Blue Jay 4 X 400 meter relay smashed their previous season’s best with a time of 3:23.43 that was only 2/10 of second off the school indoor record. The quartet of Rob Martin, Tobe Madu, Jacob Kramer and Alex Naticchia are now ranked number one in the Centennial Conference.
The men travel to New York next weekend for the NYU team challenge for their final tune-ups before the Centennial Conference championships on February 25.