In a five-team inaugural invitational in Middletown Sat., Dec. 1, Wesleyan had five first-place efforts in the eight events entered by the Cardinals. Will Sawyer '16 (main photo) cleared nearly 13 feet in the pole vault to capture the event with a great starting effort for his collegiate career. Also with two solid tosses to begin his indoor activity, Agbon Edomwonyi '16 (photo insert lower left) took the weight throw with a 38-7 1/2 throw while placing second in the shot put (44-7 1/2). Ernie Wingate '14 (photo insert lower right) was the top collegiate finisher in the 60m hurdles (:08.78) and also took second in the 60m dash (:07.36).
Other first-place performances came from Michael Onah '13 in the 600m and the 4x400m relay of Luca Ameri '15, James Dottin '13, Jack Pacelle '13 and Noah Nichols '14. Pacelle also grabbed third in the 60m dash. Also with a third-place finish for the Cardinals was Chando Mopoma '16 in the 400m.
Next up for the squad was the Wesleyan Invitational II, slated for Sat., Jan. 12. Sawyer moved within three inches of the Wesleyan indoor record as he won the pole vault again, cleariing 13-5 1/4. The school record of 13-8 1/4 was set in 1967. Sawyer won the event by one-and-a-half feet over four RPI rivals. Edomwonyi repeated his effort from the first meet, winning thw weight throw while improving his toss substatially to 40-9 3/4. His second-place shot put was 42-10 3/4. Four other Cardinal entries had top-three efforts. Record-holder LaDarius Drew '15 was secodn in the 60m dash, nipped by .01 seconds with his time of :07.36. Pacelle was third in the 400m (:52.91) and was part of the third-place 4x400m relay with Ameri, Dottin and Paulie Lowther '13 on board. Alex Rowland '16 grabbed third in the triple jump. Seven teams took part in the Invitational.
Ahead for the team in the Wesleyan Invitational III on Sat., Jan. 19.