Jumbos Add Relay Qualifier at Final Indoor Home Meet(3/8/2016 3:47 AM) Full Results
On Friday evening, several Jumbo athletes competed in the Tufts Final Qualifying Meet, held at home at the Gantcher Center. The meet was filled with season-best marks from freshmen and seniors alike.
Undoubtedly, the performance of the night came from the distance medley relay squad of first-year Colin Raposo (1200), and seniors Alex Kasemir (400), Alex Apostolidis (800), and Mitchell Black (1600). Their time of 10:02.51 qualified them to compete at NCAA’s next weekend in Grinnell, Iowa. Highlighted by Mitchell’s monster 4:07 anchor leg, Tufts now has the #7 fastest DMR in the country. The crew is very much looking forward to another shot at further improving upon their already stellar time.
Also at Friday’s meet, senior Bryson Hoover-Hankerson reset his 60m dash school record after running 7.04 in the event. His rookie teammates Tommy Miller (7.10) and Brandon Levenstein (7.28) joined him not only on the all-time freshman list but also the all-time varsity top ten for the 60m, to give 2016 Jumbos an astounding five of the top six spots in that event, including the top three. Freshman Henry Hintermeister contributed a PR in the 60m hurdles to jump a few spots for that all-time list, and first-year Benji Wallace cleared 14’6" with a season-best performance in the pole vault to moved himself up to 6th all-time.
Overall, the men’s team will have seven athletes competing next weekend. Seniors Mitchell Black and Veer Bhalla will be representing the Jumbos in the 800m. In the event, Mitch is seeded first overall and Veer is sixth. In addition, the dynamic junior duo of Tim Nichols and Luke O’Connor are the ninth and fourteenth seeds in the 5000m. As mentioned above, the DMR will be competing as well, seeded seventh overall.
With the indoor competition season over for most of the team, the squad is now focusing on preparing for the outdoor season. As warmer weather approaches, every athlete is eager to start practicing and competing outside. While the attention soon shifts to defending our 3 straight NESCAC titles, this coming weekend is all about bringing home some hardware. Go Jumbos!