Track prepares for Centennial Conference
By biconews On 1 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Matthew Spiegelman

While it may be cold outside, the men’s track team has been heating things up inside the field house in their drive to regain the Centennial Conference championship and demonstrate that they are ready to compete at the national level. Since returning from Winter Break, the team has run in three track meets, in which it has competed successfully against runners from all three college divisions.

In the Haverford Invitational, held in the Fieldhouse on Jan. 23, solid times were run by Haverford athletes in all the distances. There were also promising performances in the jumping and throwing events. In the sprinting events freshman Matt Rivenburg and sophomore Eric Koehrsen both ran impressive times in the 55-meter dash. They were both hand timed at 6.5 seconds and should be an important presence in the conference meet. Sophomore Dickens Estime ran an equally impressive time of 23.7 seconds for the 200. In the grueling 400-meter race, sophomore Matt Duques and freshman John Frisbee continued to improve steadily running times of 52.8 and 54.3 seconds, respectively. Freshmen Graham Forbes and Terry Turner competed in the 55-meter hurdles, and they are working to adjust to the higher college height.

In the jumping and field events sophomore Andy Au hopped, skipped and jumped his way to a 39 feet 2 inches mark in the triple jump while fellow sophomore Mike Mansi threw for

10.86 meters in the shot put.

Haverford showed its strength in the middle events with sub 2 minute performances by both Chris Ward arid Greg Bielecki in the 800-meter and by placing eight runners in front of the first other Centennial Conference runner in the metric mile the 1500m. These eight were led by sophomores J.B. Haglund, Chris Johnstone and Ronnie Bossert. Captains Stephon Petro and Bobby Hogg also ran in the 1500 and posted impressive times as well.

The meet was concluded with the running of the 4×400-meter relay, in which two Haverford teams competed. The first one running a time of 3:29.5 to beat all other Centennial Conference teams and the other running 3:34.0 to tie the first team of Franklin and Marshall College.

As of press time only partial results are available for the Boston University Terrier Classic, which took place on the weekend of Jan. 29 and 30. Notable performances were given by Matt Duques in the 400, Chris Ward in the 800 and Ron Bossert in the 3000, as well as Garth Terry and Willie Stroever in the 5000. Ward and Terry both made significant strides in their drive to qualify for nationals. Meanwhile, Stroever ran a massive personal record, taking over half a minute off of his previous best time.

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