Men's track steps up to state rivals
After trouncing Maine rivals USM and Gordon at home on April 6, the
Bowdoin Men's Track Team drove down to Cambridge, MA to take on the powerful
Engineers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Division
II River Hawks of the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. With beautiful
spring weather, several Polar Bears were able to post some of the top
times in New England and earn victories in their individual events.
Nick Lyford '02, already the school-record holder in the javelin, shattered
his own mark with a winning throw of 189'2". He was supported by
teammate Dan Ginn'03, who finished third with a throw of 166'. Lyford
also won the shot put with a throw of 44'9", edging out Francisco
Cruz of MIT. Chris Wagner'04 (41'6") and junior Jamie Salsich (40'6")
also placed for Bowdoin.
In the jumping events, Bowdoin was lead by Ginn, who came out of nowhere
to triple jump an amazing 45'3". Ginn's leap gave him a four-foot
personal best and an easy victory over a very strong field of competitors.
All-American sophomore high jumper James Wilkins was reunited with two
of his indoor track rivals from MIT and finished third despite a highly
impressive jump of 6'8". Pole vaulters Jon Todd '05, Tim Pasakarnis
'03, and Mike Butler '02 all cleared 13' to finish third, fourth and sixth
In the sprints, Bowdoin was paced by Brian Laurits '04, who finished
fourth in both the 100-meter dash (11.07) and the 200-meter dash (22.23).
In the 200, he was followed closely by fellow-sophomore Phil Webster,
who clocked 22.67 en route to finishing seventh. Webster also finished
third in the 400-meter run with a personal best of 49.31 and crossed the
line just ahead of sophomore Greg Bangser, who finished eighth in 50.83.
The 1,500-meter run proved to be the strongest distance event for the
Bears, as senior Mad Dog Wall (who warmed up with Boston legend Bill Rodgers),
Scott Herrick'04, Pat Vardaro'03 and Jeff Rubens'03 took fifth through
eighth. Wall and Herrick both crossed the line in 4:01, right behind the
leaders, while Vardaro and Rubens ran 4:02 and 4:08, respectively. In
the 5,000-meter run, long-distance specialist Conor O'Brien '03 outlasted
several fading Tech runners en route to a fourth place finish and a solid
time of 15:40.
This weekend the men will travel to Colby where they will face teams from Bates, the University of Southern Maine, and Colby in the Maine State Meet.