Bryan Marsh '13 Breaks Men's Indoor Track 5k Record, Qualifies for NCAAs while DMR Also Sets Record - Outdoor Season Opens at Conn. College
Bryan Marsh '13 (right side photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) won the 5k race during the Tufts Last Chance Meet Sat.. March 2 with a Wesleyan-record time of 14:24.45, breaking the mark of 14:26.75 set by Owen Kiely in 2007. Marsh had the fourth fastest 5k time among Division III runners in the country during the regular season and qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in Naperville,Ill. Fri.-Sat., March 8-9. Marsh's time is just 1.09 seconds off the nation's best clocking thus far in Division III. During the fall, Marsh placed 16th nationally in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship to earn his second All-America honor in that sport.
At the track Nationals, Marsh ran a 14:47.34 to place 10th and miss All-America honors by just two places and a timing margin of less than nine seconds.
Over the same weekend that Marsh broke the 5k record, the distance medley relay quartet of Austin Cotant '13 (left side photo), Jack Pacelle '13, Sam Roth '13 and Skyler Cummins '13 established a program record while placing second at the ECAC Division III Championships at the Armory in New York City. Timed in 10:06.87, this group shattered the previous Wesleyan standard by 11.8 seconds. Their time, which translates to a 10:15.13 for NCAA qualifying purposes due to the banked track at the Armory, is the 35th fastest effort in Division III this year. Cotant also had a third-place performance in the mile with a near-record time of 4:15.73, just 0.59 seconds over his own Wesleyan record set a year ago. Wesleyan picked up 14 team points at the ECAC meet, the final regular-season action, to place in a tie for 23rd among 51 scoring teams.
While the outdoor season was to open at Westfied St. Sat., March 23 in its Jerry Gravel Classic, the meet was canceled due to poor track conditions. As a result, five teams from the meet gathered at Conn. College instead for an invitational. Wesleyan had entires in just 10 of the 18 events and placed in seven of them, giving the Cardinals 37 team points. The top finish by a Cardinal entry came in the 4x400m relay as Luca Ameri '15, Paulie Lowther '13, Pacelle and Alex Ward '16 combined for a second-place performance. Individually, Yuon Fleming '15 took third in the 110m hurdles and Agbon Edomwonyi '16 threw the shot to a fourth-place posting as the top Wesleyan finishes.
Wesleyan will be heading back to New London Sat., March 30 for its next action, taking part in the Coast Guard Invitational.