January 11, 2013

2013 Men's Indoor Track Season Preview

The Coast Guard men's indoor track and field team is poised for a strong showing this season based off a solid roster with standout performers in a wide variety of events.  The team is lead by captains senior Will Baker and juniors Brad Pienta, and Ben Wolhaupter.

Two-time All-American, junior Adam Scalesse (60m Hurdles Indoor, 110m Hurdles Outdoor) will lead the Bears in the hurdle events. Scalesse's performances of 8.25 in the 60m hurdles and 14.26 in the 110m hurdles during last year's indoor & outdoor seasons, established him as one of the top hurdlers in the region and the country.

In the sprints, Division III New England runner sophomore Ben Hannon (49.68, 400m) and a contingent including sophomores James Dawkins, Kelcey Smith, and Joe Kelly should provide strong performances in the sprints and look to beat last year's impressive 3:20.01 4x400m relay showing. All four sprinters return after a standout freshman season and Coach Ethan Brown will look to them to lead the sprinters through the championship season. Freshman Frederick Higgins will also contend for a spot on the 4x400m relay. 

Top middle and long distance performers including junior Jordan Lee (1:56.51, 800m) sophomore James Martin (2:03.35, 800m) and sophomore Joey O'Connell (15:58.84, 5000m), will vie for regional championship qualifications and honors. Pienta and sophomores Zack Kearney, Ryan Hub, and Erick Jackson will also be contributors in open events and distance relays.

In the throws, juniors Bryan Ayotte (13.83m, Shot Put) and Thomas Bondurant (13.36m, Weight Throw) head up a strong contingent of throwers. The Bears will also look to Baker, senior Ian Ashner, and junior Ethan Baisden to play a strong supporting role in the throwing events.

Wolhaupter (4.50m, Pole Vault), An All-New England pole vaulter, will be a major contender in the vault at both the Division III New England and All New England Championships. Also watch for freshmen Matt Navetta in the pole vault as a newcomer who could step into a scoring position during his first year in the college ranks. Division III New Englander junior Clay Kosack (3828, Heptathlon) will be active in a multitude events in preparation for the Heptathlon later in the season. 

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