2018 men's track and field preview The Coast Guard Academy men’s track & field team returns a deep squad while adding a number of strong freshmen who will look to make an immediate impact during the 2018 season.

Top Left: Senior Raeford Penny, Top Right: Luke Rehfuss, Bottom Left: Junior Jacob Pawlina and Bottom Right: Junior Nick Frystak

The Bears look primed for a big year in the sprints as the quartet of seniors Raeford Penny, Luke Rehfuss, and juniors Nick Frystak and Jacob Pawlina returns after qualifying for the Indoor NCAA National Championship in the 4x400.The four of them will not only be major players for the relays but also in the open sprinting events.

Sophomores Alex Jung and Miguel Moroles were competitive as freshman posting impressive times during their first year at the Academy. They will both strengthen the depth of the sprinting squad.

The shorter sprints will be highlighted by senior Richard Lee (left) and junior Michael Bishop (right). Lee has the second fastest 60 (7.14) and ninth fastest 200 (22.8) indoors while Bishop is fifth in the 60 (7.4) and eighth in the 200 (22.76).

Freshman Matt Varney and Dan Taglianetti have performed well during preseason and will be newcomers to watch for the 2018 season.

Senior Brett Foster

In the mid-distance events, senior Brett Foster returns after a monster junior season that saw him set the school record in the 1000 (2:27.70). He will be a major player in the region from the 800-1000.

Junior Ben Taminger will be right behind Foster as one of the top 800 runners in New England. In 2016, Taminger was the NEWMAC co-rookie of the year, ran the second fastest indoor 800 in program history last season and is featured on the top-10 list in both the 500 (fourth, 1:05.51) and 600 (fifth, 1:23.20).

Freshman Josiah Davis has shown tremendous potential through the beginning of the season and ran to a fourth place finish (2:00.52) at the Tufts Invitational to start the year.

The distance team will be highlighted by junior Colton Atkinson who helped lead the men’s cross country team at the Regional Championship this past season. He has PR’s of 9:05 in the 3K and 15:50 5K and is prepared to carry his success from the cross country season over to the track.
Sophomore Andre Gallant ran 15:53 in the 5K and 32:54 in the 10K last year and was Coast Guard’s top finisher at the NEWMAC championship this past cross country season. He will look to continue to improve in the longer events on the track this season.

Junior Alex Kearney will compete at the mile and 5K this season while freshmen Matt Doyle and Adam VanDeren were both contributors for the cross country team. They will look to build on their performances from the fall in the distance events.

Left: Senior Justin Jezuit Right: Sophomore Ben Zarelngo

Junior Justin Jezuit and Sophomore Ben Zarlengo were consistent for Coast Guard in the throws last season as they both earned top 10 finishes at the NEWMAC Championship in multiple events in 2017. They have the potential to play key roles when the Bears reach postseason competition.

Coast Guard returns two of the top vaulters in the region with junior Michael Frick and senior Denis Daly.

Frick started off the season on the right foot winning the vault at the Tufts Invitational with a height of 14-5.25.

Senior Sawyer Stanton returns as one of the top high jumpers in the NEWMAC clearing 6-6 last season. Along with the rest of the field crew, Stanton will be counted on for points come postseason competition.

Sophomore Edward Carroll continues to improve in the hurdles starting off the year with a seventh place finish at the Tufts Invitational in the 60 hurdles (9.33). His time from the past weekend was the sixth fastest time in program history. Carroll will also contribute in the triple jump this season.

Freshman Kyle Frey will also be competitive in the hurdles and long jump.

Senior Michael Elwell placed 11th at the indoor Division III New England Championship in the heptathlon and 10th in the decathlon at the outdoor Division III New England Championship. He will look to break into the top 10 at both competitions in 2018.

Freshman Geoffrey DeLorie will join Elwell in the multi-events.

After a successful start to the 2018 season at the Tufts Invitational, the Bears will look to continue to improve this season and be prepared for postseason success.

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