With 18 teams participating in the Wesleyan Invitational III Sat., Jan. 21, All-American Tommie Lark '12 (right side photo) outclasses the field in both the long jump and triple jump with substantial victories while Skyler Cummins '13 (photo insert upper left) took a tight half-second triumph in the 3k as Wesleyan's other first-place finisher. Cummins won in a field of 29 runners, timed in 8:39.91. Lark took the triple jump by more than a foot with his 45-2 1/4 leap, defeating 17 other entrants. His 22-5 long jump was 5-1/2 inches further than his nearest competitor in a field of 26.
In total, Wesleyan had eight top-five placings. LaDarius Drew '15, fresh off his NESCAC Football Rookie of the Year honors as a running back, was fourth in the 200m (:23.72) and fifth in the 60m (:07.28). Sam Roth '13 grabbed third in the 800m (2:01.02) while Austin Cotant '13 (photo insert lower left) was fourth in the 1000m (2:32.91). Wesleyan's 4x400m relay squad of Luca Ameri '15, Tal Leveran '15, Ernie Wingate '14 and James Dottin '13 was a solid third of 17 squads, timed in 3:33.77.
On Fri., Jan. 27, the Cardinals visited Northeastern for the Donahue Indoor Games. There Lark had an outstanding first-place leap in the triple jump of 48-1 1/4, besting the field by a foot. The effort was just 1-1/4 inch shy of his school record and just 1/2 inch short of the performance that earned him sixth place in last year's NCAA Division III Championships. Lark also grabbed fifth (22-4 1/2) in the long jump at Northeastern. Five other Cardinal entries earned points as Wesleyan collected 37 to place seventh of 16 scoring teams. Cummins was a solid third in the 5k (14:51.58) while Cotant had a superb mile race, placing 4th (4:15.14). His time eclipsed the Wesleyan indoor mile record of 4:15.0 via hand-timing in 1984 as the conversion to automatic timing adds .24 seconds, so Cotant's fully-automatic clocking undercuts the previous mark by .1 seconds. Chris Sailor '15 secured fifth in the triple jump (45-8), Paulie Lowther '13 took fifth in the 200m (:22.91) and the 4x400m relay group of Jack Pacelle '13, Ameri, Wingate and Drew placed fifth (3:25.72).
Next up for the squad was a return trip to the Boston area as the Cardinals took part in the Tufts Invitational Fri.-Sat., Feb. 3-4. There, Wesleyan gathered 31 teams points to finish 11th of 22 teams. The 4x200m relay squad of Wingate, Pacelle, Ameri and Drew won its race with a time of 1:33.58, accunting for nearly one-third of the Cardinals' points. Eight other points came from a second-place triple jump from Alex Iwamoto '12 while Roth added five points with his fourth-place effort in the 1000m.
On Sat., Feb. 11, Wesleyan served as host of the Collegiate Track Championship meet for the third year. Wesleyan was allowed to compete in events but was not scored in the championship. Drew was the Cardinals' top performer during the meet as his time of :07.01 in the 60m dash was tops among all competitors and his :22.97 effort in the 200m ranked second. Shane Bernard '14 had the third-furthest leap in the triple jump (42-5 1/2) and Wingate covered the 60m hurdles in :08.66, also third best. Bryan Marsh '13 had a 4:27.43 mile, good for fourth place.
Up next, Wesleyan will travel to Springfield Fri.-Sat., Feb. 17-18 for the New England Div. III meet with hopes of collecting its fair share of scoring points.