Blue Jays Shine at Millersville
April 9, 2012
MILLERSVILLE, PA - Competing against some of the best Division II programs in Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins men's track & field team produced two wins and excellent performances at the Millersville University Metrics meet over the weekend.
Freshman Ryan Walsh leaped into the elite high jumping ranks when he cleared two meters (6'6 ¾") for the first time to win that event in a field of 14. Walsh pushed his ranking into the top 20 best Division III jumpers nationally, set a new Hopkins freshman record, and extended his lead over all other competitors in the Centennial Conference.
Junior Josh Baker dominated the 10,000 meter runners when he finished in 32:18.56, running in a cold wind. Senior Mark Lo Galbo broke 33 minutes in the event for the first time. In the 1500 meter run, Julian Saliani finished fourth in 4:03.77.
Alex Naticchia long jumped 6.72 meters (22'3/4") for a new Hopkins freshman record that nabbed him third place in a big field of 29 jumpers, with the aiding wind just under the allowable limit. Sophomore Brendan Evans was fifth in the event.
Senior co-captain Brett Schwartz headed a Blue Jay charge in the 3000 meter run when he recorded a time of 8:56.16 in second place to lead home teammates James Frick, Austin Stecklar, Robert Ferris and Saksham Gupta who followed Schwartz in positions three, four, five and six in a field of 17.
Another senior co-captain, Luke Sand, opened his outdoor season with a third place discus toss of 44.89 meters (147'3"). The 2011 Centennial Conference champion is on top of the discus rankings for 2012.
Sophomore Alex Jebb triple jumped 13.63 meters (44'8-3/4") for third place and also notched fourth in the 110 meter high hurdles in 15.46 to rank fourth all time as a timber topper at Johns Hopkins.
Tobe Madu was 4th in the 100 meter dash in 11.32 seconds and ran a leg on the 4 X 100 meter relay that recorded the good early season time of 43.22 seconds. Rob Martin, Collin Rozanski and Madu all ran under 23 seconds in the 200 meter dash, good times for the early outdoor season.
The team will return to action when the Blue Jays host their only home meet of the season with neighboring Loyola on Saturday, April 14.
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