2017 W&M Men's Track & Field Season Preview

The 2016 edition of men's track and field was one of the most successful in school history, sending multiple athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time since 2001 and placing 58th in the nation before going on to place second in the conference and break one of W&M's oldest school records outdoors. Heading into 2017, the Tribe is poised to match and even surpass those achievements, as alum Alex Heacock '09 takes over the reins as the interim Director of Track and Field and Cross Country.

Meet the Team

Ten to Watch This Season

DYLAN ANDERSON

Jr. / Hurdles / Madison, N.J.

  • CAA Champion in the 400m Hurdles (55.26)
  • CAA Bronze-Medalist in the 100m Hurdles
  • Fastest 100m Hurdles Since 1999 (14.96)
  • Second All-Time in the 60m Hurdles (8.31)

DAVID BARNEY

R-Sr. / Distance / Lynchburg, Va.

  • 2014 CAA Silver-Medalist in the 1,500m Run
  • All-East Outdoors in the 1,500m Run
  • Two-time All-CAA in Cross Country

DAWSON CONNELL

Jr. / Middle Distance / Yorktown, Va.

  • CAA Champion in the 1,500m Run
  • CAA Runner-up in the 800m Run
  • Bronze-Medalist in the IC4A Mile
  • 4:03.41 Personal-Best in the Mile

TAYLOR FRENIA

R-Sr. / Throws / Virginia Beach, Va.

  • IC4A Champion Indoors in the Shot Put
  • CAA Record-Holder in the Discus (51.98m/1706)
  • School Record-Holder Indoors (18.00m / 59-0.75) and Outdoors (17.66m / 57-11.25) in the Shot Put
  • Twice Swept the Shot Put and Discus at the CAA Championships

RYAN GOUSSE

R-Sr. / Distance / Apopka, Fla.

  • Two-time NCAA Qualifier in the 3,000m Steeplechase
  • Two-time CAA Champion in the 3,000m Steeplechase
  • Two-time All-East at the IC4A Championships

ALEX HEDRICK

Gr. / Multis / Falls Church, Va.

  • 2015 CAA Champion in the Decathlon
  • All-East Indoors in the Heptathlon
  • All-East Outdoors in the Decathlon
  • School Record-Holder in the Heptathlon (4,872)

DAVION HUTT

Jr. / Sprints / King George, Va.

  • Two-time All-East in the 60m Dash
  • School Record-Holder in the 60m Dash (6.81)
  • Broke the 48-Year-Old School Record in the 100m Dash (10.58)
  • First W&M Sprinter to Win the Colonial Relays Since 1976

DEREK O'CONNELL

R-Sr. / Pole Vault / Virginia Beach, Va.

  • NCAA First-Team All-American
  • Seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships
  • School Record-Holder Indoors (5.42m/17-9.25) and Outdoors (5.36m/17-7) in the Pole Vault
  • Swept the IC4A Championships in 2016

BOB SMUTSKY

R-Sr. / Javelin / Dillsburg, Pa.

  • NCAA Second-Team All-American
  • 2015 CAA Athlete of the Year
  • 15th at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships
  • 2013 USATF Junior National Champion in the Javelin

DEREK TROTT

Jr. / Javelin / Old Bridge, N.J.

  • Two-time CAA Champion in the Javelin
  • NCAA Qualifier in the Javelin
  • 2015 CAA Rookie of the Year
  • 2016-18 CAA Representative to the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

2016-17 SCHEDULE

The 2017 schedule is a packed slate both indoors and outdoors, highlighted by the IC4A and NCAA Championships. The home schedule includes three major events, including the 38th Annual Sentara Colonial Half Marathon and 5K on February 26. Outdoors, W&M opens the spring by hosting the Tribe Invitational on March 17-18, before welcoming teams from all over the country March 30-April 1, to the 52nd Annual Colonial Relays Presented by Berkeley Realty.

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