SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-Seniors Gary Ezzo, Thomas Bondurant, and Ben Wolhaupter each claimed second place finishes to lead the Coast Guard men's track and field team to a seventh place finish at the AIC Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Ezzo broke the school record in the 10,000 meter run finishing in 31:42.07 to place second. The previous record of 31:46.34 was held by Kevin O'Brien and set in 2012. Also placing in the 10,000 meter was junior Nick Foster, running a time of 32:30.74. Both times were good enough to qualify Ezzo and Foster for the Division III New England Championships.
Wolhaupter cleared 15 feet, 1 inch in the pole vault to claim a second place finish while Bondurant was the top collegiate finisher (2nd overall) in the hammer throw with a personal best mark of 168 feet, 7 inches.
Coast Guard also claimed a pair of fourth place finishes on the day. First, senior Stephen Horvath was fourth in the 3000 meter steeple chase running 9:53.56 then the 4x400 relay team claimed fourth with a time of 3:27.85. The team was comprised of freshman Andrew Scheffey, senior Jordan Lee, junior Ryan Hub, and junior James Dawkins.
Dawkins also placed sixth in the 200 meter run with a time of 22.74 while junior Ben Hannon was 12th across the line with a time of 22.95.
Junior Jon Lash was ninth in the 5000 meter run crossing the finish in 15:54, his best time of the season. Also running personal best times in the 5000 meter run were freshman Caleb Teachout (16:00.70) and sophomore Jacob Yallowitz (16:24.67).
Vermont won the team portion of the meet with 109.5 points. UMass placed second with 72.5 points followed by Tufts whose 66.5 points edged out Central Connecticut (66) for third place. AIC was fifth with 53.5 points, followed by Rhode Island (51.5), and Coast Guard (39). Harvard (35), Franklin Pierce (31.5), and Keene State (31) rounded out the top ten.
Coast Guard will be back in action on Saturday, April 12th when they host WPI and Springfield at the annual CGA Tri-Meet.