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Men’s Track & Field 2018 Season Preview

Photo by Paul Brandon
Photo by Paul Brandon

2018 SEASON OUTLOOK

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's track & field team will open its 2018 campaign on Friday, Jan. 5, during the Wagner Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y.

The Cardinals' schedule will also feature two home events during the indoor season, as they will host the Little Three Championship on Jan. 13 and the Wesleyan Invitational on Feb. 3 at the Bacon Field House in Middletown, Conn.

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Head coach Walter Curry enters his 17th season at the helm, with a good mix of young and experienced athletes on this year's team. Curry, and his coaching staff of John Crooke, Andrea Clarke, Bob Gemski, Frank Wolak, Kendall Walker and Scott Bushey, are counting on the experienced upperclassmen to set the tone and direction of the men's track and field team this season.

MEET THE TEAM

  • In the field events, junior Andrew McCracken and senior Jessy Carrasco-Gonzalez were the total package for the Cardinals' last season, and much of the same should be expected this year from two of the top-15, pole-vault performers in New England.
  • McCracken, who earned All-NESCAC recognition with a runner-up performance in the pole vault at the 2017 conference championship, finished seventh overall in the pole vault at the 2017 New England Indoor Division III Championship, as he set a school record in the indoor event with a mark of 14 feet, 11 inches. The Topsham, Maine native also set a school record in the outdoor pole vault event with a mark of 14 feet, 8 inches at the New England Outdoor Division III Championship, which was good for fourth overall. Carrasco-Gonzalez recorded a personal-best mark of 14 feet, 2 inches during the pole vault at the 2017 New England Outdoor Division III Championship, as he placed sixth overall in the field.
  • Junior Olaniyi Adebayo will also play a crucial role in field events for Wesleyan, as he was the 14th-place finisher in the shot put last year at the NESCAC Championship. The Medfield, Mass. native also collected a trio of top-five finishes at the Elmer Swanson Invitational.
  • Sophomores Ricardo Vazquez and Jack Northrop were strong in Wesleyan's lineup as rookies last season, and will try to take the next step in their careers. Vazquez was the 13th-place finisher in the javelin at the conference championship, and Northrop reeled off first-place nods in the long jump and the 4x100m relay at the Elmer Swanson Invitational.
  • Tate Knight was Wesleyan's top-performer in four meets this past fall for the cross country squad, and expectations are equally as high for the senior standout on the track this winter. The Bloomfield, Conn. native earned All-NESCAC honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the conclusion of the 2015 season, and he finished eighth overall in the event last spring at the NESCAC Championship.
  • Sophomore Conner Sexton, who was the Cardinals' first-place finisher during the cross country season at the 2017 NCAA Division III Regional Championship, grabbed first-place accolades in the 1,500m at the Elmer Swanson Invitational, and finished ninth overall in the 3,000m at the New England Indoor Division III Championship.
  • Sophomores Kevin McMorrow and Grant van Inwegen hit the ground running during their rookie seasons last year. McMorrow accumulated four top-three finishes, and van Inwegen placed 17th in the 800m and 19th in the 1,500m at the conference championship, to go along with a ninth-place finish in the 4x800m relay.
  • Senior Drew Trotman is looking to put a strong stamp on his collegiate career. During the 2017 season, the Brooklyn, N.Y. native earned first-place acknowledgement with his group in the 4x100m relay at the Elmer Swanson Invitational. He was also part of the 4x400m relay team at the conference championship, which finished seventh overall, and his 4x100m unit placed 11th at the meet.
  • The Cardinals welcome eight first-year competitors to the team, including Benjamin Cahill, Jay Carter, Delando Clarke, Kevin DeLoughry, Tommy Doyle, Matt Frishkoff, Nathan Gamble and Kyron Roberts.

HEAD COACH WALTER CURRY

"With a decent talent level, but not as much depth as desired, the men will have to stay healthy and develop as the season progresses. The men's track & field team must seize the opportunity to use the outstanding competition it will face during the indoor and outdoor season, to prepare itself for the intense challenge of meeting all the top teams in the NESCAC at the end of the year."