|Josh Etkind won his third consecutive 110 hurdles crown.|
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Senior Josh Etkind, junior Kevin Quisumbing and sophomore Matt Manteiga all won conference titles as the Tufts University men's outdoor track & field team finished as the runner-up at the 2019 NESCAC Championships hosted by Middlebury College Saturday.
Etkind won the 110-meter hurdles race for the third consecutive year with a time of 14.82 seconds. Quisumbing was first in the shot put with 47'4 ½" (14.44m) distance. Manteiga had a career-best 22'9 ¾" (6.95m) to win the long jump.
Jumbo senior Anthony Kardonsky broke the school record in the 100 meters final with a 10.70. It's the #15-ranked mark in Division III as of 7 pm Saturday night. The time was 0.01 quicker than the previous record of 10.71 set by Blake Coolidge in 2017. Kardonsky was third in the race.
Tufts finished with 143 points, behind only host Middlebury (201). Amherst was third with a 130 score, Williams was fourth (102.5) and Bowdoin (69) rounded out the top five.
Freshman Ben Stein was fifth behind Manteiga in the long jump as the Jumbos scored 14 points in the event. Manteiga's mark is top 40 nationally and Stein had a 21'10" (6.65m) best. Tufts scored 13 points in the 400-meter hurdles where freshman Riley Patten was second (55.34) and junior Billy Witrock took fourth (56.75).
Senior Henry Hintermeister, the defending javelin champ, was second this year with a 171'9" (52.34m) mark. Senior Benji Wallace was also an individual runner-up in the pole vault, clearing 15'5" (4.70m). Junior Christian Trebisacci's 139'5" (42.49m) discus throw, a PR and the team's season-best, also scored second-place points.
Prior to Kardonsky's 100 record in the final, senior Tommy Miller had recorded the team's season-best mark in the event with a 10.90 in the prelims. He was even faster in the final (10.83) for fifth place as Tufts scored well in the event. Kardonsky also led 10-point scoring in the 200 as his 21.97 was third and sophomore OJ Armstrong posted a 22.05 PR for fifth.
The 4x100-meter relay placed third with a 43.11 mark run by senior Brandon Levenstein, Kardonsky, Miller and Armstrong. Senior Hiroto Watanabe finished with Tufts' best 800 of the season (1:55.36) for another third. Senior Brian Reaney came up big with a third in the 5,000 (15:13.35). All top-three finishers earn All-NESCAC honors.
Tufts had two scorers in several events overall. Quisumbing and Trebisacci were fifth and sixth in the hammer throw with 147'11" (45.10m) and 145'0" (44.19m) marks, respectively. Junior Roman Lovell was just two places in back of Watanabe in the 8 with a 1:56.34. Freshman Billy Wang's two points for seventh in the javelin with a 157'4" (47.95m) PR were well received.
Additionally, sophomore Dylan Daisey chipped in points with eighths in the shot put (41'5" – 12.62m) and the discus (123'7" – 37.67m). Sophomore Daeseob Lim was eighth in the pole vault (13'5 ¼" – 4.10m) and freshman Neerav Gave finished the 5,000 in a 15:17.65 PR for eighth.
Stein was fifth in the triple jump with a team season-best 44'4 ¾" (13.58m) while senior Dylan Jones also had a Jumbo 2019 best 31:55.03 in the 10,000 meter run. Senior Charles Pennington matched his season-best with 6'2 ¾" (1.90m) clearance in the high jump.
Tufts had 14 relay points overall as the 4x4 of Patten, freshman Sam Oomen-Lochtefeld, Witrock and senior Thomas Doyle were fourth (3:27.71). The Jumbos also ran their first 4x8 of the season and got a sixth-place 8:11.61 from freshman Nicholas Delaney, junior Dylan McEniry, Lovell and Watanabe.
This is the third time in the last four years that Tufts has been the NESCAC runner-up.
The Jumbos compete at the New England Division III Championships hosted by Williams College next Friday and Saturday.