NEW LONDON, Conn. – Anchored by senior Andrew Peterson (Wallingford, Conn.), the 4x400-meter relay broke a school record to lead a strong list of performances by the Connecticut College men's track & field team at the Silfen Invitational it hosted over the weekend. The Camels finished the meet by placing ninth among 19 scoring teams with 32 points.
The 4x400-meter relay punched in a time of 3:24.92 to place fifth overall and break the previous program standard of 3:25.86 which was established in 1995. Senior Christian Whitaker (Dolton, Conn.) ran the leadoff leg in 50.6 seconds, and classmate Connor Trapp (Wilmette, Ill.) followed with a split time of 52.1. After freshman Spencer Crough (Southampton, N.Y.) completed the third leg in 51.3, Peterson circled the track in 50.5 as the anchor of the group.
Other strong performances on the track were made by junior Scott Mason (Wyndmoor, Pa.) and Trapp in the 1,500-meter run. Trapp finished third overall and first among Division III competitors in 3:57.35, which also places him 18th in the national rankings, and Mason crossed the line in a sixth-place time of 3:59.04.
In the field, junior Mike D'Onofrio (East Haven, Conn.) picked up points by finishing seventh in the javelin with a mark of 161-feet, 3-inches. Classmate Austin DiMartino (West Haven, Conn.) registered a personal-best 4,820 points in the decathlon and currently sits 30th on the national scene in the event.
Connecticut College will next compete at the Trinity Invitational on Saturday, Apr. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in its final tuneup before the NESCAC Championships.
Final Team Standings (Top 10)
1. Tufts 129; 2. Stonehill 110.50; 3. Coast Guard 88; 4. WPI 80. 5. Franklin Pierce 73; 6. Springfield 56.50; 7. Amherst 51; 8. Brandeis 48; 9. Connecticut College 32; 10. New Haven 31.