Northampton, Mass. - The Trinity College men's track and field team ran away with a first-place finish at the Smith Indoor Invitational on Saturday to open the 2019 calendar year. The Bantams tallied 111 team points, 33.5 more than second place Worcester State, and saw a handful of top finishes in an impressive day of competition.
"It was fun to get back on the track and compete," said Head Coach John Michael Mason (1st season). "We had a good week of practice in Florida at the National Training Center and were able to shake the rust off here at Smith before classes start. The team is ready for a great semester."
Rookie Kinnard Hughes (Chicago, Ill.) re-broke his college record in the long jump with a 6.93m finals, good for first, and added a second-place finish in the high jump with a finals distance of 1.90m. Senior Joseph Ruggiero (Glastonbury, Conn.) also turned in a top performance, in the 5000-meter run, finishing over ten seconds ahead of the field. Senior Luke Mayer (Morristown, N.J.) finished second in the 60m hurdles, finishing in 8.59 seconds.
Rookie Henry Potter (Lake Oswego, Oregon) had a strong showing in the mile run with a second-place finish in a neck-and-neck race. Junior Ace McAlister (Great Barrington, Mass.) finished third, just behind Potter. Senior Ben Feola (Woodbridge, Conn.) won the 400-meter dash while rookie Robert Allen (Bloomfield, Conn.) finished third in the same race. Sophomore Stephen Tyler (Weston, Mass.) finished second in the 800-meter run while first-year Tim Lautenbach (Weston, Conn.) added a second-place finish in the 3000-meter run.