Men's Track & Field Trio Performs Well on 1st Day at NEICAAA Championship Meet

Benji Wallace has never been better in the pole vault than he was at the NEICAAA meet today

BOSTON – Senior co-captain Benji Wallace matched his career best in the pole vault as a trio of men's indoor track & field Jumbos competed at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships on Friday night at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Wallace cleared 15'5" (4.70m) to finish seventh at the competition featuring Division I, II and III opponents. He was the top DIII finisher. His mark is ranked 16th nationally as of Friday night at 11 pm.

Jumbo seniors Anthony Kardonsky and Josh Etkind also qualified for the semi-finals in their respective events on Friday. Kardonsky ran 7.11 in the 60-meter dash preliminaries for 15th place and Etkind hit 8.33 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles heats to finish 11th. The top 16 in both events moved on.

Etkind, whose time is a season-best and is ranked #22 nationally, will compete in the 60 hurdles semi-finals on Saturday at 10:15 am. Kardonsky will be in the 60 dash semi-finals Saturday at 10:45 am.

Kardonsky also was entered in the 200 meters where his 22.55 time was a season-best, but did not qualify for the finals.

Wallace scored two points for Tufts with his pole-vault finish, placing the Jumbos in a tie for 15th in the team scoring after one day.

In addition to Kardonsky and Etkind competing at the NEICAAA semifinals tomorrow, the rest of the Tufts team will be at home for the Cupid Challenge in the Gantcher Center.