|Senior co-captain Benji Wallace cleared 15'9" (4.80m) in the pole vault today.|
CAMBRIDGE – Senior co-captain Benji Wallace established a career-best and national top 10 mark in the pole vault as the Tufts University men's outdoor track & field team competed at a quad meet hosted by MIT with RPI and Bates on Saturday.
Wallace cleared 15'9" (4.80m), four inches above his previous PR of 15'5" (4.70m). The new high is ranked seventh in Division III for 2019 as of 10 pm Saturday night. He won the event for the Jumbos.
Tufts was victorious in seven events overall and scored 185 points at the meet, a close second behind MIT (190.5). RPI was third with a 150.5 score and Bates finished fourth (125).
Senior Josh Etkind lowered his season-best time in the 110-meter hurdles to 14.66 seconds, which won the event. It improved his national ranking to fifth, erasing his previous season-best off 14.71.
In the javelin throw, senior co-captain Henry Hintermeister unleashed a season-best 187'0" (57.01m) that is almost a foot further than his previous 2019 best (177'11" – 54.22m). He won the event at MIT and has the #20 national ranking with the mark.
Freshman Nick Delaney PR'd in the 800 meters with a winning 1:56.77 time. Senior Brandon Levenstein's 11.11 win in the 100 meters is the first individual victory of his career. Tufts junior Kevin Quisumbing also won the shot put a best effort of 49'3 ¾" (15.03m).
Other impressive PR's came from senior Hiroto Watanabe in the 1,500 (4:01.81), junior Christian Trebisacci in the hammter throw (145'8" – 44.41m) and freshman Ben Stein in the long jump (22'1 ¾" – 6.75m). Stein's distance is the #32 national mark. Senior Charles Pennington hit his outdoor PR in the high jump with 6'2 ¾" (1.90m) clearance.
Junior Billy Witrock was second in the 400-meter hurdles (57.78) and with the 4x400-meter relay (3:25.54). He led off a foursome which included Delaney, freshman Sam Oomen-Lochtefeld and senior Tom Doyle. Armstrong was second in the 200 (22.47).
The Jumbos are at Connecticut College next weekend for the annual Silfen Invitational.