During the summer months, we want to take a look back at some of the outstanding accomplishments and special moments from the 2017-18 athletic seasons and revisit those events that each of our 25 teams celebrated this year.
We hope you enjoy looking back at the great accomplishments by our cadet-athletes and teams. We will go in alphabetical order today we highlight men's track and field. Next up on Monday, will be women's track and field.
4X400 RELAY EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS DURING INDOOR SEASON
The men's 4x400 wrapped up the 2018 season earning All-America honors at the NCAA Division III National Championship. The quartet of juniors Jacob Pawlina and Benjamin Taminger and seniors Luke Rehfuss and Raeford Penny crossed the line in 3:16.14 for the seventh place finish. The 4x400 returned to Nationals one year after qualifying but not making it to the finals in 2017. It is the first relay in program history, indoors or outdoors, to earn All-American honors and the first indoor All-American performance since Adam Scalesse earned the honors in the 60m hurdles in 2014.
FIVE NAMED TO ALL-REGION TEAM
The Coast Guard men's track & field team had five athletes named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region team following the indoor season. Seniors Luke Rehfuss (4x400), Raeford Penny (4x400, 400) and juniors Michael Frick (pole vault), Benjamin Taminger (4x400) and Jacob Pawlina (4x400) earned the honors after finishing up a strong 2018 season. The top-5 individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the region's top-3 relays teams. The regions used for this award – Atlantic, Central, Great Lakes, Mideast, Midwest, New England, South/Southeast and West – match those used during the cross country season. Frick was one of the most consistent vaulters in the region winning the Division III New England Championship. This is the first time in his career earning All-Region honors.
BEARS PLACE 7TH AT D III NEW ENGLAND OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP AS RELAYS LEAD THE WAY
Coast Guard took home seventh place at the Division III New England Championship. Coast Guard's points were dominated by the relays as the 4x800 of junior Sydney Johnson, freshman Josiah Davis, junior Benjamin Taminger and senior Brett Foster took home first place with a time of 7:38.14. Their time just misses the school record set last season (7:38.05). The 4x400 of juniors Nicholas Frystak and Matthew Perlich and seniors Luke Rehfuss and Raeford Penny ran the second fastest time in school history with a second place finish (3:16.91). The 4x100 of Penny, junior Michael Bishop, sophomore Miguel Moroles and junior Jacob Pawlina were fifth with a time of 42.56.
Top individual finishers for the Bears earning All-New England honors were Rehfuss in the 400 hurdles (fourth place, 54.13), freshman Adam VanDeren in the 3K steeplechase (eighth place, 9:49.59) and junior Ben Zarlengo (sixth place, 172-6).
11 HONORED BY NEWMAC FOR WORK IN THE CLASS ROOM
The Coast Guard men's track & field team had 11 athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's track & field Academic All-Conference Team.
Senior Raeford Penny (Civil Engineering) is the Bears lone three-time winner this season while juniors Colton Atkinson (Civil Engineering), Michael Bishop (Mechanical Engineering) and Benjamin Taminger (Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering) are all second-time winners. The other seven athletes to win for the first time are junior Nicholas Frystak (Mechanical Engineering) and sophomores Aidan Becker (Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering), Thomas Jordon (Electrical Engineering), Brennen McColloch (Electrical Engineering), Miguel Moroles (Civil Engineering), Jacob Panning(Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering) and Andrew Segalla (Government).
Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2017 fall semester, achieved second year academic status at her institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.