|Connor Rose had an impressive double at BU, including a nationally-ranked mile
BOSTON - A handful of members of the Tufts men's track & field team took advantage of the opportunity to compete against some of the best competition in the Northeast at the Terrier Invitational at Boston University on Saturday.
In the non-scoring meet consisting of teams from all divisions, the Tufts athletes looked to notch competitive individual marks that would qualify for championship meets.
The day got started with the unseeded sections of the 3k. All three Tufts athletes who competed came away with new personal bests. Sophomore Ben Wallis (Dover, NH) led the way with his 8:36.10 effort. Less than a second behind was junior Kyle Marks (Carmel, IN) who recorded a new PR of 8:37.00. Likewise, sophomore Brian McLaughlin (Barrington, RI) came away with a new best of 8:48.95.
In the mile, senior co-captain Connor Rose (Irvine, CA) was also able to set a new PR with his time of 4:14.85, good enough for 26th at the meet. That time is the 11th best for Division III nationally this winter. Junior Sam Haney (Essex, CT) was not able to record a lifetime-best but took a huge step in the right direction with his new season-best time of 4:18.90, which placed 43rd.
Only an hour and a half after the mile, Rose took to the track again and recorded a time of 1:59.18 in the 800. Junior Jeff Marvel (Naples, FL) ran the 800 fresh and notched a season-best time of 1:55.69, placing him 23rd.
The Jumbos also fared well in the sprinting events. In the 400, sophomore Graham Beutler (Weston, CT) recorded an impressive time of 49.62 to place 14th. Five Tufts athletes competed in the 200, highlighted by the performances of freshman Francis Goins (Shaker Heights, OH) and junior Vinnie Lee (Walpole, MA). Goins clocked a 22.67 for 36th place while Lee recorded a 22.87 for 50th.
Beutler, Goins, and Lee all came back and competed in the 4x400 meter relay along with teammate Dan Lange-Vagle (St. Paul, MN). They clocked a season-best time of 3:19.56 to place 12th at the meet and rank third nationally for Division III.
With several new PRs and season bests, it was certainly a successful day for the Jumbos. They will look to keep the momentum rolling as the season progresses.
Next Saturday, coach Ethan Barron's team will return home to compete in the Tufts Invitational at the Gantcher Center.