Men's Track & Field Leads After Day One of Championships

Photo by Eric Bologa
Photo by Eric Bologa

(Lancaster, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's indoor track & field team had a great start, holding the top spot in the team standings after the first day of competition at the 2019 Centennial Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Red Devils scored 49 points on the day with Haverford College in second with 35. Johns Hopkins is third with 34, just a point in front of Swarthmore.

The Red Devils had some strong individual performances on opening day. Junior Adam Gamber (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) captured the conference title in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.40 meters while sophomore Gavin Wood (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) scored with a seventh-place finish with a height of 3.80 meters.

Junior Bryce Descavish (Ebensburg, Pa./Central Cambria) ran to silver in the 5000-meters, posting a time of 14:45.13. He was just .02 seconds behind the winning time (14:45.11). Senior Duncan Hopkins (Lancaster, Pa./J.P. McCaskey) had a top-10 finish, placing ninth in the 5K with a mark of 15:32.95.

The Red Devil throwers had a great showing on Saturday, placing second, fourth, fifth and ninth in the weight throw. Senior Francisco Villarreal (Carson, Calif./Carson) led the way, claiming silver with a toss of 13.41 meters.

James Lotz (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) and Brock Hartman (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford) placed fourth and fifth with throws of 11.71 and 11.26 meters, respectively while Ellis Kimmel (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) came in ninth.

First-year Ben Brandeis (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) advanced to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.92 seconds.

The Red Devils added a pair of bronze-medal performances in the distance medley relay and the 4x200 relay event. Sophomores Christian Moran (Halifax, Mass./Silver Lake) and Kacper Rzempoluch (Princeton, N.J./West Windsor Plainsboro North) joined first-years Aaron Brick (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) and Brandeis in the 4x200.

Brandeis also joined junior Thomas Riordan (Campbell, S.C./Landrum) and seniors Will Chandler (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) and Eric Herrmann (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown) in the distance medley relay.

Competition concludes on Sunday at Franklin & Marshall.