JHU Opens Season at Diplomat Invitational
• Location: Lancaster, PA (Franklin & Marshall)
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s track & field team put together a solid overall performance in its opening meet of the indoor season at the Diplomat Invitational.
How it Happened
• The Blue Jays finished 1-4 in the 800-meter run as Jack Armand (1:59.94), Colton Takata (2:00.07), Rob Dembinski (2:01.01) and Brett Wolfinger (2:01.10) took home the top-four spots in the event.
• Hopkins also claimed spots 1-6 in the 3,000-meter run. Ted Oh (8:51.67), Kevin Peters (8:56.37) and Vipul Bhat (8:58.00) claimed the top-three spots in the race.
• Matthew Su finished second in the long jump with a mark of 6.75m while Royal Doolittle earned a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 13.54m.
• Charlie Guan earned a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.768.
• Charles Thornton and Ollie Hickson finished third and fourth in the 5,000-meter run with times of 15:10.79 and 15:18.61, respectively.
• In the 60-meter dash, Rafael Ferguson took home third place with a time of 7.100.
• Benjamin Huang and Matt Fischetti finished fifth and sixth in the pole vault event with marks of 4.10m and 3.95m respectively. David Nessenson earned a fifth-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 13.50m to tie his personal best mark.
Head Coach Bobby Van Allen:
• “This was a fantastic first meet for us where we really competed well in every event. We’re in a very good spot now as we get some much-needed rest and get recharged up for the long season ahead. We’ll be off for a month now and we have some constant reminders of where we are currently at and what we need to do over break to come back ready for a successful season.”
• The Blue Jays will not be in action until the new year when Hopkins will compete in the Great Dane Invitational on January 13th. The event is hosted by the University of Albany and will take place at the Ocean Breeze Track Complex in Staten Island.