TRINITY MEN'S TRACK & FIELD 2018-19 Season Recap

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's track and field team had another successful indoor and outdoor season during the 2018-19 academic year. During the indoor season, the Bantams finished 13th of 23 teams at the New England Division III Indoor Championships and in the spring, finished 24th of 32 teams at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships. Five competitors turned in All-Region efforts at the indoor regional championships while senior Alex Tomcho (Windsor, Conn.) and first-year Kinnard Hughes (Chicago, Ill.) were both named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England All-Region Team thanks to their outstanding performances across the indoor season.

The Bantams claimed the top-three spots in the 60-yard dash at the Smith College Winter Classic in Northampton to kick off the indoor season. Tomcho finished first in the 60, followed by classmate Samuel Oyebefun (Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis) and rookie Robert Allen (Bloomfield, Conn.) in second and third, respectively. Hughes set a new program indoor record in the long jump, recording a finals distance of 6.83 meters in his collegiate debut, while sophomore Stephen Tyler (Weston, Mass.) won the 800-meter run as well. The squad closed out the 2018 calendar year with a dominant display at a tri-meet at Wesleyan University. Tomcho was the only athlete to finish sub-seven in the 60-meter dash while Allen and Oyebefun finished in second and third-place, respectively, as the Bantams swept the top-three spots in the race. Tomcho also won the 400-meter, junior harrier Ace McAlister (Great Barrington, Mass.) won the mile in 4:27.49, senior captain Joseph Ruggiero (Manchester, Conn.) dominated the 3,000-meter, taking first-place with a time of 8:59.73, the only sub-nine minute time on the day, and Tyler won 1,000-meter run in a race that came down to the wire. Senior captain Luke Mayer (Morristown, N.J.) won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.58 while Hughes won both the high jump and long jump and senior Myles Walsh (Winchester, Mass.) rounded out Trinity's first-place performers in the weight throw with a 13.65m mark.

The team ran away with a first-place finish at the Smith Indoor Invitational to open 2019. Hughes re-broke his college record in the long jump with a 6.93m finals, good for first, while Ruggiero also turned in a top performance, in the 5000-meter run, finishing over ten seconds ahead of the field. Senior Ben Feola (Woodbridge, Conn.) won the 400-meter dash while Mayer, Tyler and rookies Henry Potter (Lake Oswego, Oregon) and Tim Lautenbach (Weston, Conn.) turned in second place performances in their respective events. The following weekend at Springfield's Massasoit Invitational, Allen won the 200-meter dash, Lautenbach and Tyler went 1-2 in the 1,000-meter run and McAlister won the 3,000-meter run by nearly 12 seconds.

Ruggiero '19 (top), Lautenbach '22 (left) & McAlister '20 (right)

In late-February, Trinity had a strong showing at the 2018-19 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Regional Championships at MIT. Saturday saw four Bantams earn All-Region honors with top-eight performances, two of which came in the long jump. Hughes and classmate Abel Ngala (New York, N.Y.) both scored for Trinity, with Hughes taking second thanks to a finals distance of 6.83 meters. Ngala posted fifth at 6.59 meters, just .06 behind the fourth-place distance. Mayer added an All-Region performance with a fifth-place effort in the 60-meter hurdles while Allen rounded out Trinity's All-New England efforts with a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 22.66. The 4,000-meter distance medley relay squad led the way on Friday of the event, turning in a fifth-place performance. Senior Ben Feola (Woodbridge, Conn.), Tyler, Lautenbach and Potter teamed up to finish 10:21.67, just .21 seconds behind fourth place Williams, to collect All-Region honors as a squad.

Kinnard Hughes '22

Tomcho and Hughes both earned USTFCCCA New England All-Region Team honors thanks to their outstanding performances across the indoor season. The top five individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each member of the region's top three relay teams. Tomcho earned the accolade in the 60-meter dash, the first All-Region selection of his career, while Hughes earned it in the long jump after bursting onto the scene as a rookie.

Alex Tomcho '19

The Bantams kicked off the outdoor season with a fifth place finish at the Tufts Snowflake Classic. Allen won the 100-meter dash while Potter added another top finish for the Bantams with a 15:38.36 time in the 5,000-meter run. Trinity went fifth again the following weekend, at the Coast Guard Invitational, led by Mayer who won the 110-meter hurdles. At the Silfen Invitational in mid-April, Tyler, Lautenbach, Potter and fellow sophomore Erkin Verbeek (Bethesda, Md.) teamed up for a second-place time of 8:07.66 in the 4x800-meter relay. The following weekend, Tomcho and Walsh won two events each to help lead the way at the Trinity Invitational at Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity won every individual race in the meet, including first-place times of 11.12 by Allen in the 100 meters, 2:00.67 by Lautenbach in the 800 meters, 4:06.25 by Tyler in the 1,500-meters, and 15:54.35 by Potter in the 5,000 meters. Mayer cruised to victory in the 110-meter hurdles by a margin of a full second with a time of 15.82 and in jumps, Ngala won the long jump while junior Jyles Romer (Nassau, Bahamas) won the triple jump in his first collegiate entry in the event.

Jyles Romer '20 (left) & Myles Walsh '19 (right)

After the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships at the end of April, the Bantams finished 24th of 32 teams at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Regional Championships at Williams College. Ruggiero placed fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to earn All-New England honors, as did Trinity's 4x800 relay squad, made up of Potter, McAlister, Tyler and Verbeek.

From left to right: Potter '22, McAlister '20, Tyler '21 & Verbeek '21

The Bantams also had a strong year in the classroom as well. Ruggiero, Walsh, Verbeek, seniors Lucas Duros (Wilmette, Ill.) and William Duggan (Glastonbury, Conn.), juniors Joseph DiBacco (Reeding, Mass.) and Michael Zarra (Chesire, Conn.), and sophomore William Estony (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) all graced the NESCAC Spring All-Academic team. Duros also won the ECAC Award, Trinity's prestigious Senior Male Scholar Athlete of the Year honor, and joined Feola and Ruggiero with Blanket Award honors thanks to compiling nine varsity letters across the last four years. Walsh additionally represented the team on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team.

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