MEDFORD, Mass. – A year removed from qualifying for the NCAA Indoor National Championship, the Coast Guard 4x400 started off the 2018 season right with a first place finish at the Tufts Invitational.
Seniors Luke Rehfuss, juniors Jacob Pawlina and Benjamin Taminger and senior Raeford Penny ran 3:25.75 for a first place finish to start the year. Their time is currently fourth in the country and second in New England but far off from their fastest time of 3:17.62 from 2017.
The Bears other first place finisher was junior Michael Frick who had the top vault on the day. Frick cleared 14-5.25 on his second attempt for the win distancing himself by six inches from second place.
Pawlina also ran well in the 200 crossing the line in fifth place (22.95) while Penny (50.82, third) Frystak (52.66, seventh) and sophomore Miguel Moroles (53.36, 10th) all finished in the top 10 in the 400.
Taminger ran to a sixth place finish in the 600 (1:25.23) with Rehfuss right on his heels in seventh place (1:25.89).
Three freshman started their career's in the correct fashion in the 800 running to top 10 finishes as Josiah Davis was fourth (2:00.52), Matt Kerst was sixth (2:02.08) and Dominic Roberts was 10th (2:10.64).
In the distance events, the Bears took two through six in the 5K led by freshman Matthew Doyle, who crossed the line in 16:02.21. Following Doyle was junior Alex Kearney (16:10.24), junior Colton Atkinson (16:15.27), sophomore Jacob Panning (16:44.32) and sophomore Kyle Hansen (17:07.14).
Sophomore Edward Carroll from Coast Guard's lone finisher in the 60 hurdles finishing in seventh place (9.33). His time is the sixth fastest in program history, putting him just behind Jeffrey Porter who ran 9.2 in 2011.
In the field events, senior Sawyer Stanton earned a seventh place finish in the high jump clearing 6-0 to start the season.
Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday, January 20th, when they travel to Kingston, Rhode Islande for the Sorllen Invitational hosted by URI.