Northampton, Mass. - The Bantams claimed the top-three spots in the 60-yard dash and saw numerous other strong finishes as the Trinity College men's track and field team opened the 2018-19 season on Saturday at the Smith College Winter Classic in Northampton. Trinity returns to action next weekend for the Wesleyan Small Invitational in Middletown.
"It was a ton of fun to get out there and watch our student-athletes compete," said Head Coach John Michael Mason (1st Season) after the meet. "Everyone is striving to get better and to help their teammates get better. There were a lot of solid performances today that we can build upon to have a successful season."
Senior Alex Tomcho (Windsor, Conn.) finished first in the 60, followed by classmate Samuel Oyebefun (Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis) and rookie Robert Allen (Bloomfield, Conn.) in second and third, respectively. Tomcho also added a third-place performance in the 200-meter dash. Senior captain Ben Feola (Woodbridge, Conn.) brought home a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 52.57, while rookie Henry Potter (Lake Oswego, Ore.) also turned in a second-place performance, in the 800-meter run. That race was dominated by Trinity who saw sophomore Stephen Tyler (Weston, Mass.) win the event, less than a second better than Potter, while senior captain Joseph Ruggiero (Manchester, Conn.) finished just behind Potter for third.
In distance, junior Ace McAlister (Great Barrington, Mass.) finished third in the 5,000-meter run with a finals time of 15:06.70. Senior captain Luke Mayer (Morristown, N.J.) finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a new personal record of 8.49 seconds and rookie Kinnard Hughes (Chicago, Ill.) set a new program indoor record in the long jump, recording a finals distance of 6.83 meters in his collegiate debut.