Feb. 20, 2012
NEW YORK, NY - The Johns Hopkins men's track & field team travelled to the New York Armory to compete against eight other NCAA Division III schools and two clubs and finished sixth behind winner The College of New Jersey on February 18.
Hopkins finished sixth out of nine teams with 43 points while leader, TCNJ, finished with 84.5 points. Centennial rival, Dickinson finished third with 64 points while Swarthmore finished ninth with four.
Robert Martin, Jacob Kramer, Jason Beckman and Tobe Madu ran a solid 4x400-meter relay to finish first with a time of 3:27.38. Martin led off the race with a 50second 400-meter leg. Martin, Madu and Kramer had earlier combined with Alex Naticchia to run 1:32.23 in the 4x200-meter relay for third place in the meet and capture first in the Centennial Conference rankings.
Freshman Ryan Walsh's 1.88 meter (6'2") high jump was good for second place and Kramer claimed third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.77. Versatile freshman Michael Spadaro improved his lifetime best in the pole vault to 3.95 meters (12'11 ½") for fourth in the meet and in conference rankings. Naticchia was fourth in the long jump with 6.38 meters (20'11 ½") and he, Brendan Evans and Spadaro now give the Blue Jays the fourth through sixth spots in the conference going into next week's Centennial Conference Championship Indoor Meet at Ursinus.
Andrew Carey, 1:55.67, and Ben Press, 1:56.16, notched personal best times to finish second and third in the 800-meter run and Robert Ferris ran his best mile with 4:25.87. Madu tied for third in the 60-meter dash and moved up on the Hopkins all time list when he recorded 7.21 seconds in his heat.
Johns Hopkins will compete in the Centennial Conference championship meet for the indoor season February 25 held at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA.