Bears Roll at Wheaton Invitational

Sydney Johnson
Sydney Johnson

NORTON, Mass. - The Coast Guard men's 4x400 ran the third fastest time in Division III as the men's track & field team racked up five first place finishes last night at the Wheaton Invitational.

The quartet of junior Jacob Pawlina, senior Raeford Penny, junior Benjamin Taminger and senior Luke Rehfuss ran 3:21.29 (3:18.13) for first place and also the fastest time in Division III New England. It is also the the third fastest time in program history.

Pawlina also won the 200 with the sixth fastest time in New England, crossing the line in 22.69. Junior Michael Bishop was eighth (23.35) followed by Rehfuss in ninth (23.56).

The Bears put their stamp on the mile, taking the top seven spots and having four athletes run under 4:30 led by freshman Josiah Davis (4:25.79). Davis continues an impressive freshman year, leading the team in the 1000 (2:37.07) and now the mile. Following Davis across the line was junior Colton Atkinson (4:28.65), freshman Matt Kerst (4:29.09), freshman Matt Doyle 4:29.50), junior Alex Kearney (4:39.80), freshman Logan Bonner (4:43.73) and freshman Joseph Roth (4:43.78).

Junior Michael Frick and Senior Denis Daly went 1-2 in the pole vault as Frick cleared 14-8 on his first attempt and Daly made it over 14-3.25.

The final first place finish of the day belonged to sophomore Ben Zarlengo with a throw of 50-4.75. Sophomore Dante Roberts was sixth (41-9.75).

Penny just missed first place in the 400 by four one hundredths of a second with a time of 50.58. His time qualifies him both for the Division III and Open New England Championship. Sophomore Alexander Jung was eighth in the 400 (52.79) followed by junior Matthew Perlich in ninth (52.85).

Senior Richard Lee was fourth in the 60 meter dash (7.22) while freshman Kyle Frey ran the eight fastest time in school history in the 60 meter hurdles (9.68) for a sixth place finish.

The final top 10 finishes of the day was first in the 800 led by senior Brett Foster in sixth (1:58.01), junior Sydney Johnson in ninth (1:58.74) and Taminger in 10th (2:00.01) and then three more in the 3K with sophomore Jacob McGlumphy (9:09.87) in fifth, freshman Adam VanDeren in eighth (9:15.50) and sophomore Jacob Panning in ninth (9:17.40).

Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday, February 3rd when they travel to both the Wesleyan Invitational in Middletown, Connecticut and the All-Division New England Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts.

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