WOOSTER, Ohio – A week later than planned due to last weekend's snowstorm, the Earlham College men's track and field team opened its spring semester indoor slate with a fourth-place finish out of six teams at the College of Wooster Fighting Scots Invitational, Saturday afternoon at the Scot Center.
Earlham placed fourth out of six teams with 88 points, trailing third-place Denison by just five points. The host squad from Wooster won the meet with 166 points.
QUAKER OF THE DAY
First year Austin Burt was Earlham's top performer in the meet with his first-place finishes in both the mile run (4:37.28) and the 3000m run (9:13.68). Both times were season best marks for Earlham in those events. Individually, Burt accounted for 20 of Earlham's 88 points.
- Sophomore Noah Scherf finished second in the 5000m run (15:40.29), but that time is second-fastest in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference thus far this season.
- Earlham's distance medley relay quartet of Israel Ramos, Wesley Smith, Garris Radloff, and Anthony Luis finished second among the two teams entered with a time of 12:11.13, but that time ranks second on the HCAC performance list this season in the DMR.
- First year Jake Patton's second-place mark of 40-1 1/4 in the triple jump is fourth among HCAC performers so far in the indoor season. Patton also picked up points for the Quakers in the 4x200m relay (1:36.70), where he ran the third leg for the Earlham quartet that finished third in the event.
- Sophomore Emanuel Faria logged a time of 53.97 in the 400m dash – not his fastest time of the season in the 400, but good enough for fourth place. He also ran for Earlham in both the 4x200m relay, and again for the Quakers' 4x400m relay (3:37.71) team that finished fourth.
QUOTING THE COACH
Earlham Co-Head Coach Rob Hewitt: "The men had a great mix of front-running and scrapping for points. Our goal was to be competitors first and fight for a top three or four team finish. It was a great day for us that was led by gutsy performances and guys doing some heavy lifting in three or four events. This was certainly a huge step forward for this young group."
Earlham men's track heads to Granville, Ohio, next Saturday, Feb. 2, to compete in the Denison University Bob Shannon Invitational.