BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Christian Whitaker (Dolton, Ill.) ran on a distance medley relay which punched in one of the fastest times in the country this season as well as a record-breaking 4x400-meter relay to headline a list of strong performances by the Connecticut College men's track & field team at Boston University's Valentine Invitational over the weekend.
Whitaker first ran the 400-meter leg for the distance medley relay which finished seventh overall in 9:56.64 and notched the sixth-fastest time in the country. After sophomore Danny Aschale (Cambridge, Mass.) ran the opening 1,200-meter leg in 3:03, Whitaker took the baton and circled the track twice in 50.1 seconds. Senior Connor Trapp (Wilmette, Ill.) finished the 800 with a split of 1:53, and Mason anchored with a 4:09 split and a 10-second personal best on the 1,600 anchor leg. The nationally-competitive field, which raced at 11:00 p.m. on Friday night, produced nine of event's 10 best times in the country at the Division III level this season.
On Saturday, Whitaker most notably teamed up with sophomore Christian Carr-Locke (Walpole, Mass.), freshman Spencer Crough (Southampton, N.Y.) and senior Andrew Peterson (Wallingford, Conn.) to make up the 4x400-meter relay which set a school record by navigating the track in 3:25.85. Whitaker ran the leadoff leg in 51.2, Carr-Locke ran second in 52 flat, Crough finished the third leg in 52.1 and Peterson anchored with a split time of 50 seconds. The foursome eclipsed the previous program standard of 3:25.86 that was established in 1995.
Crough, Trapp and Carr-Locke also had strong performances in their respective individual events. Carr-Locke and Crough registered personal-best times of 1:57.68 and 1:57.98, respectively, in the 800, while Trapp accomplished the feat in the 1,000 by hitting the tape in 2:27.99. Trapp also fell just shy of the school record, which is 2:27.6, in his premier event.
The Camels also sent a small group of athletes to compete at MIT's Gordon Kelley Invitational. In the field, junior Jonathan Handy (Hingham, Mass.) and placed 14th in the weight throw with a toss that sailed 39-feet, 3.25-inches and classmate Mike D'Onofrio (East Haven, Conn.) finished 15th with a mark of 38-9.50. Freshman Ethan Milsark (Northampton, Mass.) recorded an eighth-place time of 9:22.86 in the 3,000.
Connecticut College returns to action next weekend to compete at the New England Division III Championships. The two-day event will be hosted by Middlebury on Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17.