April 18, 2010
CHESTER, PA - The Johns Hopkins men's track and field team competed at the Widener Invitational on Saturday, yielding many quality performances on a very windy afternoon. The highlight of the meet was senior captain David Sigmon, who won the steeplechase at this meet for the third consecutive year.
The meet got started on Friday evening with a couple events, highlighted by sophomore Luke Sand in the discuss. Sand put himself in good position throwing further and further with each toss, and on his first throw of finals, threw 137'11" to close within two inches of leader Jacob Munick (Widener). Despite two more solid tosses over 135', Sand would finish in second place, with his furthest toss of the year. Keaton Swett also had a season best toss of 120'11", good for ninth place.
To start things off on Saturday, the men's 4x100m Relay team of Chris Tait, Pierre Hage, James Walker and Jonathan Walker broke 44 seconds for the first time this year with a solid time of 43.96, good for third place overall.
Mickey Borsellino continued his steady improvement, this time making a big drop in the 1500m with a time of 4:06.88. Borsellino sat patiently in the middle of the pack for the first half of the race as the leaders set a very slow pace. As the pace quickened, Borsellino really got moving, covering the last 800m in 2:05. Freshman Ben Press finished four seconds back in 4:10.09, good for seventh place in the section.
The men's 400m continues to be the deepest event for the Blue Jays. Seniors James Walker, Pierre Hage, and Chris Tait all ran great races at 51.28, 51.57, and 51.76 in the third section, while fellow senior Gordon Mack and freshman Rob Martin finished third and fourth in the second section.
The men's 800m saw a very fast section of runners all bunched up for the first 400m, with Elliot Wehner tucked right in the middle of the pack. Approaching the last 300m, Wehner made a strong move to close right in on the leaders, as the top four surged away from the rest of the pack entering into the final straight away. Wehner held on for fourth place, over six seconds ahead of fifth-place finisher, with a time of 1:56.94. In the later sections, Borsellino came back with a second strong race running 2:01.06, while Stephen Sihelnik ran a new personal best of 2:02.23 taking second place out of 11 competitors in his section.
The men's 200m saw Jonathan Walker once again dropping his time in the event, this time down to 23.13, while Martin came back strong with a 23.38.
The men's steeplechasers, who had to maneuver 35 barriers throughout the almost two mile race, including hurdling over a 12 foot water pit seven times, dominated this event yet again. David Sigmon for the third consecutive year was victorious, this time posting his season best time of 9:49.80. Brandon Hahn and Mike Yuan took fourth and sixth overall.
Over in the field events, defending Centennial shot put champion Ryan Lino threw very consistently taking fifth overall with a toss of 45'7", while teammate Luke Sand took seventh with a toss of 43'11.25. In the javelin, freshman Nick Gerner threw a new personal best of 163'00", taking ninth overall in a very deep and talented field.
It appeared the meet would conclude in triumphant fashion with the men's 4x400m relay. Freshman Rob Martin posted a split of 50.9 to give the Blue Jays the early lead. Seniors Chris Tait and James Walker would keep the Blue Jays just inches ahead in the lead, as Walker stormed down the straight away to hand off to Gordon Mack for the final leg. However, a botched handoff between Walker and Mack forced Mack to retreat back in the zone to pick up the dropped baton as the Blue Jays fell to fourth in a time of 3:29.01. The relay won't have any time to sulk on their mistake, as they will come back this Friday, April 23, to compete at the prestigious Penn Relays in the Pop Haddleteon section of the 4x400m.
The rest of the team will have its final tune-up of the season at the Millersville Metrics on Saturday, April 24.