MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Wesleyan University men's track and field team is set to compete at the 2017 NESCAC Men's Track & Field Championships this Saturday, April 29 at the Magee-Samuelson Track on the campus of Bowdoin College.
Bowdoin will serve as this year's host, and competition will begin at 9 a.m. with the women's shot put, men's hammer throw, women's long jump, women's javelin and the men's 10,000-meter run.
After finishing seventh in last year's championships, the Cardinals will look to use the momentum they have gained throughout the season to move up in the standings in this year's competition. Head Coach Walter Curry believes that the team has a great shot at success, and with the high-level of competition the team has faced this season, they will be more than ready for Saturday.
Junior Tate Knight and freshman Bill Bajohr will look to lead the team in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Bajohr is coming off a victory in the event in last week's J. Elmer Swanson Invitational, and Knight claimed the win in the Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College with an impressive mark of 9:40.66, which is a NEICAAA Outdoor Qualifying standard time. The 4x100 relay team of Kyle Shin '20, Frank McField '20, Jack Northrop '20, and Drew Trotman '18 will look to carry over their success from last weeks meet, which saw them win the event in 44.42.
In the field events, sophomore Andrew McCracken and junior Jessy Carrasco-Gonzales will be key for Wesleyan in the pole vault. McCracken set the school record for the event in the indoor season (4.55m), and has continued to succeed this spring. Ricardo Vazquez '20 will be competing in the javelin, an event in which he has earned two top-five finishes in this season.
HEAD COACH WALTER CURRY:
"We hope to take advantage of this great opportunity to earn some success at the NESCAC Championships on Saturday. Individually if you can fight your way to competing well in this conference, you can pretty much compete with anyone in the country at the Division III level."
"We're looking for the men's team to rely on their preparation, focus and positive attitude to compete at their best on Saturday."