NEW LONDON, Conn.-Seniors Gary Ezzo and Brad Pienta led clean sweeps of the 5000 meter and 1500 meter runs as the Coast Guard men's track and field team to a second place finish at the annual CGA Tri-Meet on Saturday afternoon. WPI won the meet with a team score of 168, followed by Coast Guard with 141.50 points in second and Springfield in third with 88.50.
Ezzo paced the 5000 meter field with a time of 15:25.05, edging out freshman Zachary Velasquez (15:30.53) and junior Stephen Horvath (15:39.62) who finished in second and third place, respectively. Pienta led the charge in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:00.47 ahead of junior James Martin (4:03.04) and senior Jordan Lee (4:03.21) who claimed silver and bronze, respectively, in the event.
The Bears also received individual victories from seniors Thomas Bondurant (Hammer, 165 feet, 5 inches) and Ben Wolhaupter (Pole Vault, 14 feet, 7.25 inches), juniors James Dawkins (400 meter, 50.08 seconds) and Ben Hannon (200 meter, 22.42 seconds), and freshman Andrew Scheffey (800 meter, 1:58.43) as well as their 4x100 meter relay team. Dawkins (Long Jump, 2nd, 20 feet, 11.25 inches) and Bondurant (Discus, 3rd, 117 feet, 3 inches) each also placed in the top three in their other events as well.
Freshman Kaci Rex took home a second place finish in the 110 hurdles (17.32 seconds) and third in the pole vault (31 feet, 1.5 inches) while senior Michael Gilbert – with a pair of third place finishes in the 400 hurdles (1:00.54) and 110 hurdles (18.21 seconds) – also claimed a pair of top three finishes on the afternoon. Coast Guard's final second place finish of the day went to freshman Andrew Doyle whose throw of 117 feet, 5 inches was enough for silver in the discus.
Coast Guard will return to action on Friday, April 18th when they travel to Princeton College to compete at the Larry Ellis Invitational.