Men’s Track Finishes Sixth At Fitchburg St. Invitational

Men’s Track Finishes Sixth At Fitchburg St. Invitational

Sharma wins 110-meter hurdles

FITCHBURG, Mass. – The Wheaton College men's track and field team finished sixth overall at the Eric Loeschner Invitational, hosted by Fitchburg State University, on Saturday afternoon at Elliot Field.

Senior Ben Sharma (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) placed first overall in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.70 seconds. Sharma also bettered his NCAA Division III New England Championships qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.03 for second place overall.

Sophomore Brendan Sullivan (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) placed tenth overall in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.95. In the triple jump, Sullivan produced a personal best mark of 39-feet and 9.25-inches to place eighth overall. Junior Sam Miklovich (Gray New Gloucester, Maine/Gray New Gloucester) finished 12th overall in the event with a leap of 36-feet and 6.25-inches.

Sharma and Sullivan also teamed up with senior Olufunsho Olagundoye (Victoria Island, Nigeria/Cushing Academy) and sophomore Javon Mullings (Brooklyn, N.Y./Boys and Girls) for a third place finish in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 43.71.

In the 400-meter run, junior Alexei Spinu (New Canaan, Mass./New Canaan) ranked fourth overall in a personal best time of 51.01. First-year Nicholas Balow (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) placed 14th overall (53.36), Miklovich was 18th overall (53.90) and first-year Jonathan Friedman (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional) finished 25th overall (55.79).

First-year Gabe Putnam (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) clocked a personal best time in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:23.61 for 14th place overall. Senior John Green (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) produced a time of 4:27.42 (19th place), first-year Aidan Hickey (Lancaster, Pa./McCaskey) crossed the finish line in 4:37.21 (25th place) and classmate Bill Funk (Keene, N.H./Keene) notched a time of 4:38.95 (29th place).

In the 800-meter run, first-year Josh Alabre (Hartford, Conn./Greater Hartford Classical Magnet) finished tenth overall in a time of 2:04.48.

Mullings rounded out the list of highlights for Wheaton at the Eric Loeschner Invitational with a seventh place finish in the 200-meter run (23.13) and a 21st place finish in the shot put (34-feet, 3-inches).

Wheaton will compete in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships next Saturday at 11 a.m. in Cambridge, Mass. at MIT.

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