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Men’s Track & Field Places Sixth at Coast Guard Invitational

Jonathan Handy

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Ben Vazquez (Millington, N.J.) won the 800-meter run and was among three student-athletes to qualify for the upcoming New England Division III Championships to help the Connecticut College men's track & field team record a sixth-place finish at the Coast Guard Invitational. The Camels finished the scoring meet with 66 points.

Led by Vazquez, the team piled up 19 points in the 800. Vazquez crossed the line first in 1:56.01, while sophomore Spencer Crough (Southampton, N.Y.) and junior Jacob Brill-Weil (Cambridge, Mass.) finished fourth and fifth with times of 1:58.64 and 1:58.89, respectively.

Sophomore Ian McAleer (Newfields, N.H.) continued his strong start to the spring by punching in a pair of New England Division III Championship qualifying times in the 100 and 200-meter dash events. McAleer most notably finished the 200 in 22.21 seconds, breaking the school record of 22.26 established by Xolani Zungu in 1990, and the 100 in 11.07. He placed third in both events.

In the field, senior Jonathan Handy (Hingham, Mass.) placed second in the hammer throw by registering a personal-best toss of 149 feet. The mark surpassed his previous best of 145-10, which he notched at last year's Silfen Invitational, by more than three feet and qualified him for postseason competition.

Connecticut College will remain in New London to host the Silfen Invitational on Friday, Apr. 12 and Saturday, Apr. 13.

Final Team Standings

1. Coast Guard 187; 2. Westfield State 115; T-3. UMass Dartmouth 105; T-3. Eastern Connecticut State 105; 5. Trinity 74; 6. Connecticut College 66; 7. Babson 43.