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Hopkins Excels at BU Valentine Invitational

Dominic Yared broke the Lebanese national record in the 800m Saturday.
Feb. 14, 2016


BOSTON, MA- The Johns Hopkins men’s indoor track & field team had a great showing at the 2016 David Hemery Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University in the BU Track & Tennis Center, Friday and Saturday.

Four Johns Hopkins men competed in the 800m race, with the pack being led by Trevor Holmgren (1:54.86) and Dominic Yared (1:54.91). Holmgren and Yared were closely followed in the 800m by teammates Sam Gottuso (1:55.06) and Robert Dembinski (1:57.24). Yared’s time set a new national record for his country of Lebanon and also broke the Lebanese junior record.

Brandon Fielder broke the Johns Hopkins record in the 3,000 run, finishing in 8:32.48 and taking the record from his teammate, Stefan Arnold. Fielder currently has the second-fastest time in the Centennial Conference this season. Ryan Schwartz, John McMullin and Liam Wall all posted times in the 8:40s, as well to add depth heading into the Centennial Championships later this month.

In the 400m race, Jesse Poore (50.08), Zach Shelley (50.77), Daniel Camous (50.88) and Matt Fischetti all recorded times that place them within the Centennial Conference’s top eight. Poore followed up his excellence in the 400m, with a 22.89 finish in the 200m.



Schaffer Ochstein ran his best 5,000m race of the season, crossing the finish line in 14:53.67. The senior currently holds the second best 5k time in the Centennial Conference.

The duo of Scott Pourshalchi and Tom Pavarini each posted sub 4:20 times in the mile. Pourshalchi’s time of 4:17.59 was the fastest ever for a Johns Hopkins freshman.

On Friday, Pourshalchi and Pavarini were joined by Dembinsky and Yared in the distance medley relay. The foursome, featuring three freshmen, finished in 10:07, one of the best times in JHU history. The time puts the quartet into the top 10 nationally, and now the Jays will look to shave a few seconds off the required time to qualify for a spot at the NCAA Championships.

Also excelling for Hopkins was Grant Mosser, who ran his best 60H time to date, breaking nine seconds and finishing in 8.93. The freshman’s time is the third best in the conference.

Hopkins will be back in action in two weeks when the squad heads to Collegeville, PA and defends its Centennial Conference crown. The Blue Jays will look to win their fourth-straight CC Championship at Ursinus.

NOTE: Pole vaulters Andrew Bartnett and Alex Kossak competed at the NY Fast Track meet this weekend. Bartnett leaped 5.20m to finish second in the Invitational event, while Kossak’s jump of 4.35m placed him second in the collegiate event. Bartnett and Kossak currently rank first and second in the Centennial Conference, respectively.