April 1, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, MD - The Hopkins men’s track team launched their outdoor season at the University of Maryland against mostly Division I competition from schools such as Maryland, the Naval Academy and Temple. There were a number of performances that rank high in the Centennial Conference standings but top placings in the meet were hard to come by.
Nevertheless, the Jays had many good early season marks. Freshman Ryan Walsh ’s 6’2” (1.88) high jump ranks him first in the Centennial Conference but was good for just sixth place in the meet. Likewise, Jon Hickman ’s conference leading discus throw of 135’6” (41.31) placed him eighth in the meet. Robert Martin ran 51.60 for 400 meters and Andrew Carey had a good 1:56.57 in the 800 meters. Martin and Carey’s races gave them each the second place ranking in the conference. Both later ran on the conference leading 4 X 400 meter relay that recorded 3:34.39.
The distance runners all ran good initial races. Julian Saliani, Wes Butler, Robert Ferris and Brett Schwartz recorded finished the 1500-meter run with times of 4:04.20, 4:04.47, 4:04.80 and 4:05.19, respectively. The 1,500-meter times are equal to about 4:22 in the mile and the four Blue Jays rank fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth in the CC.
Josh Budman, 9:56.26, and Andrew Ceruzzi, 9:59.84, were both pleased to have dropped under 10 minutes for the first time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to rank fourth and fifth in the conference and Josh Baker, 15:23.69 in the 5,000 meter run, and team mate Daivik Orth now rank fourth and fifth in the CC in that event.
The Johns Hopkins men’s track and field team will return to action when the Blue Jays travel to Millersville, PA to compete in the Millersville Metrics & Combined Events Challenge on April 6