|Trevor Rothaus helped the Jumbos scored big in the pole vault
BRUNSWICK, ME- Seven members of Tufts men's track and field team placed in the top three of their respective events to lead the Jumbos to third place out of five teams at the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday.
With a sizeable group of team members competing in the Terrier Invite at Boston University, the Tufts athletes who suited up at Bowdoin had to step up their performances in order to fill the void.
Host Bowdoin easily won the meet with 218.5 points. In a distant second was Springfield with 99, only one point ahead of the third-place Jumbos. RPI and Colby rounded out the scoring with 88.5 and 52 points respectively.
Freshman Brian Williamson (Prairie Village, KS) and senior co-captain Adam Aronson (Norwood, MA) each won throwing events. Williamson placed first in the shot put with his throw of 49'4 1/3" (15.04m). Aronson's toss of 48'8 3/4" (14.85m) was good enough to win the weight throw.
Junior jumper Gbola Ajayi (Lagos, Nigeria) scored 16 points for Tufts with his two runner-up finishes. His leap of 22' 1/2" (6.79m) secured him second place in the long jump, while his jump of 45'8" (13.92m) was good enough for second in the triple jump.
The Jumbos were able to score 14 points in the pole vault thanks to the efforts of junior Brad Nakanishi (Scarborough, ME) and sophomore Trevor Rothaus (Placentia, CA). Nakanishi cleared the bar at 15'1" (4.60m) to place second, while Rothaus's clearance of 14'11" (4.55m) was good enough for third.
On the track, sophomore Jake McCauley (Darien, CT) set a personal best in the 3k with his time of 8:51.45, which secured him a top-three finish. Less than half a second behind McCauley in fifth was his classmate Benji Hansen (Madison, WI). In the 5k, freshman Marshall Pagano (Niskayuna, NY) was able to place in the top-three with his time of 15:51.35.
Tufts' 98 points is an impressive total considering one-third of the team was not competing at the meet. The athletes that competed at Bowdoin will look to build on these strong performances as the season progresses.
Next Saturday, coach Ethan Barron's team will return home as a full squad to compete at the Tufts Invitational at the Gantcher Center.