Hosting the largest of their three home invitationals thus far, the Wesleyan Invitational III, the Cardinals entertained competitors from 18 other colleges for an 18-event affair Sat., Jan. 22. Wesleyan came away with a pair of first-place finishes and 10 top-eight placings.
Wesleyan stood out in the mile with Skyler Cummins '13 (right in main photo) running away from a field of 44 entries with a solid time of 4:22.34. Les than a second behind as runner-up was teammate Bryan Marsh '13 (left in main photo) with a time of 4:23.27. Charlie Lang '11 grabbed sixth in the event, timed in 4:29.90.
Tommie Lark '12 (photo insert lower left) provided the Cardinals with top honors in the triple jump, besting 15 rivals with his 43-10 1/4 effort. He also came in third in the long jump (21-7 3/4) and helped the 4x400m relay to place sixth of 20 entries, clocked in 3:37.17. Joining him on the squad were Ernest Wingate '14, Jack Pacelle '13 and Pat Moriarty '14. Wingate and Pacelle each had an individual top-eight placing as Wingate grabbed third in the 55m hurdles (:08.06) while Pacelle was third in the 400m (:51.30).
Rounding out the Cardinals' finishes among the top eight in an event were Matt Katz '11 in the 1000m (5th, 2:39.85) and Paulie Lowther '13 in the 200m (6th, :23.27).
Up next for select members of the squad was a trip to Northeastern for the Boston Indoor Games Fri., Jan. 28. There, Lark and Cummins both placed fourth in their events, the triple jump and 5k, respectively. Lark had his best leap of the seaosn with a 45-9 effort. Cummins was timed in 15:02.77, but was one-upped this time by Marsh, who nipped him by a less than a second to take second place (15:01.80) while Lang was right behind in fifth with a 15:03.10 clocking. Lark, Marsh, Cummins and Lang all qualified for the New England Open meet as well as the N.E. Div. III championships and the ECAC Div. III meet with their performances. Wesleyan got its final points from the seventh-place distance medley relay squad of Sam Roth '13, Henry Molosfsky '13, Seth Hafferkamp '12 and Alec Jolicoeur '14 (11:06.70). With 24 team points, the Cardinals placed 11th of 17 scoring teams.
Ahead for the squad in another trip to the Boston area, this time to Tufts for the Tufts Stampede Invitational Sat., Feb. 5.