The Wesleyan University men's track & field team will open its indoor campaign Friday, January 6th as it will compete in the Wagner Invitational at 1 p.m. The Cardinals' schedule will also feature two home events, as they will host the Little Three Championships Saturday, January 14th and the Wesleyan Invitational Saturday, February 4th.
Head Coach Walter Curry enters his 16th season at the helm, and will welcome 13 freshmen to this year's team. They will join a group of three seniors, seven juniors and five sophomores.
On the track, Wesleyan will have to replace key distance runners Taylor Titcomb '16 and Keith Conway '16 who graduated in May, as Curry will look to Will Dudek '17 and Tate Knight '18 to fill the void. Dudek (1500m, mile) is coming off a stellar cross country season in which he qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships and was named Second Team All-NESCAC. The senior, along with Knight (mile, 3000m steeple), will be joined by top sprint returnee Drew Trotman '18 (200m, 400m, 4x400 relay). Newcomers Frank McField '20 and Kyle Shin '20 will compete in the 100, 200 and 400-meter races, while classmate Sayem Talukdar will run the 60 and 100m races. Jack Northrop '20 will split his time in the sprints (60m, 100m) and jumps.
In field events, the Cardinals will have the difficult challenge of replacing Agbon Edomwonyi '16, who holds school records in both the weight throw and shot put events. However, Olaniyi Adebayo '19 looks to have a strong second season as he's set to compete in the shot put, as well as the discus. Vince Karabatsos '20 and Ricardo Vazquez '20 will join him in the shot put and discus, and look to make an impact in the javelin events as well. Andrew McCracken '19 and Jessy Carrasco-Gonzalez '18 will be key returners in the pole vault, as McCracken currently holds the indoor school record in the event with a mark of 13'11", as well as the outdoor record with a vault of 14.5'.25". In the triple jump, Wesley Layug '17 expects to have a strong season, while Northrop looks to make an immediate impact in the long jump.
HEAD COACH WALTER CURRY
"With healthy and developing performers in the senior, junior and sophomore classes, and potentially outstanding freshmen athletes, the men's track & field team must seize the opportunity to use the outstanding competition they will face during this 2016-17 indoor season, to prepare themselves for the intense challenge of the NESCAC Championship meet at the end of the year."