Patton leads men’s track to third at HCAC indoor meet

Jake Patton

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Earlham College men's track and field showed enough depth to finish third at the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, held Saturday at the George M. Smart Center.

TEAM RESULTS

The Earlham men tallied 57 points to place third in the HCAC indoor meet, edging out fourth place Manchester with 55.50 points. The third-place showing marks Earlham's best men's result at the HCAC Indoor T&F Championships since the Quakers joined the conference in 2010-11 season. Rose-Hulman won the championship with 199.50 points, while Hanover was second with 152 points.

QUAKER OF THE DAY

First year Jake Patton earned HCAC Freshman of the Year honors while helping earn 16 points for Earlham men's track between his individual and relay events in Saturday's meet. He finished second in the 60m hurdles (8.86 seconds) to earn eight points, and his third-place showing in the triple jump (42-9) earned another six points for the Quakers. Patton also ran the second leg for Earlham's seventh-place 4x200m relay team to earn two more points.

OTHER NOTABLES

  • First year Austin Burt captured first place in the 3000m with a time of 8:58.08, earning 10 points for the Quakers. He also ran the anchor leg for Earlham's first-place team in the distance medley relay (DMR), helping to earn another 10 points.
  • The Earlham team of sophomore Ian Shriner, sophomore Michael Grady, sophomore Emanual Faria, and Burt took first place in the DMR with a time of 10:44.32.
  • In the sprint relays, Earlham's team of Grady, Shriner, sophomore Drew Fitzgibbon, and Faria took third in the 4x400m relay (3:31.03), collecting six points for the Quakers. Fitzgibbon joined Patton, senior Justin Kerobo, and first year Sheldan Lindsay for a seventh-place finish in the 4x200m relay (1:35.21), scrapping for another two points for Earlham.
  • Faria took fourth place in the 400m dash (51.98), garnering five points toward Earlham's team total.
  • Lindsay posted a fifth-place finish in the 60m dash (7.37 seconds), earning fourth points for the Quakers.

QUOTING THE COACH

Earlham Co-Head Track and Field Coach Rob Hewitt: "Our men were fantastic! We competed with huge heart to finish third overall. We had conference champions, school records, all-conference finishes, and PRs. It was an incredible day that was capped by Jake Patton's dramatic final jump in the triple to complete our eighth to third team transformation."

NEXT UP

Earlham men's track will open its outdoor season on March 15-16 at the Washington & Lee Invitational in Lexington, Va.