Last Saturday in Springfield, Mass., the men’s track and field team competed with Middlebury in a high-intensity meet between three of New England’s top D-III track programs. 

The Polar Bears racked up six first-place finishes and a total of 143.5 points, but weren’t able to overcome Middlebury’s 181-point finish. Springfield ended the meet in last place with 87.5 points.

First-year throwers Thomas Rehnquist and Andrew Murowchick picked up wins in the discus (39.78m) and the javelin (51.98m), respectively.

“I was so impressed by our freshman throwers,” said Head Coach Peter Slovenski. “They’ve been working really hard on technique and they’ve been training very effectively to throw farther. For two [first years] to win throwing events against Springfield and Middlebury is really a great accomplishment.”

Chris Genco ’15 won the long jump with a 6.74-meter leap, which marked one of the six-best jumps in Bowdoin history.

Jarred Kennedy-Loving ’15 collected a win in the 200-meter dash, posting one of the fastest NESCAC times so far this year and a personal record at 22.82 seconds. Kennedy-Loving has increased his training for the 400-meter race, which has paid off in his 200-meter times as well.

During the 400-meter hurdles, Captain Sam Chick ’13 and Matt Wu ’14 both fell while attempting to clear the eighth hurdle and were not able to score points in the event.
“We’re going to do a lot of practice on the eighth hurdle this week,” joked Slovenski.

Taylor Love ’16 inched out Middlebury’s Cooper Kersey with a time of 1:58.75 for the win in the 800-meter race. At the 400-meter mark, Love was in fifth place. Despite the somewhat slow start, he fought his way to first place and won by a six-inch margin after being tied with Kersey for the final 100 meters.

Avery Wentworth ’15 captured the final victory for Bowdoin, winning the 5000-meter race with a time of 15:44.04, a personal record by 10 seconds.

Last Friday, cross country All-Americans Coby Horowitz ’14 and Sam Seekins ’14 travelled to Princeton University to compete in the Sam Howell Memorial Invitational, where both Horowitz and Seekins raced in the 5000-meter event. Horowitz finished in 19th place overall (14:36.78) and Seekins finished 28th (14:45.31).

Horowitz’s finish was the third- fastest 5000-meter race time in Bowdoin history, while Seekins’ time ranked as his second-fastest race ever. Both runners are preparing for the postseason championships in May.

The men’s track team will travel to the University of New Hampshire tomorrow to compete in a non-scoring meet that features two D-I programs—New Hampshire and the University of Maine.