MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Junior Michael Frick set a facility record and won the pole vault leading the men's track & field team to a tie for eighth place at the Division III New England Championship hosted by Middlebury.
The Bears tied with NESCAC foe Bates for eighth place scoring 30 points. Tufts won the meet with 110 points followed by MIT with 97 points.
Frick cleared 15-5.5 on his first attempt to take his first Division III New England Championship and set the Virtue House facility record. 15-5.5 ties him for fifth all-time in program history. The current meet record holder is Coast Guard Academy Hall of Famer Drew Orsinger who cleared 17-00 in 1996.
Both the Bears 4x400 and 4x800 earned All-New England honors with third place finishes as the quartet of juniors Jacob Pawlina, Nicholas Frystak and seniors Luke Rehfuss and Raeford Penny ran 3:21.83 and sophomore Brennen McColloch, juniors Sydney Johnson and Benjamin Taminger and senior Brett Foster ran 7:54.34.
Penny also took home an All-New England finish in the 400 crossing the finish line in 50.42 for fifth place.
Sophomore Ben Zarlengo was the only other field athlete to be named All-New England finishing in seventh place in the weight throw (52-06).
The final relay of the day to earn All-New England honors was the DMR finishing in seventh place (10:50.09). The team was comprised of freshman Matt Doyle, sophomore Miguel Moroles, junior Colton Atkinson and freshman Josiah Davis.
Coast Guard finishes their season at two chance qualifier meets on February 24th and March 3rd looking to punch a number of tickets to the NCAA Championship next month.