FAIRFAX, Va. – Saint Joseph's 4x800m relay of senior Dan Ferraiolo, freshman Stephen McClellan, junior Dylan Eddinger, and junior Rory Houston earned the silver medal to lead the Saint Joseph's men's track and field squad to an 11th-place team finish at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at George Mason Stadium this past Saturday and Sunday. The Hawks accumulated 26 points on the weekend.
Ferraiolo, McClellan, Eddinger, and Houston recorded a time of 7:34.17, good for the runner-up spot and eight points for the Crimson and Gray. The Hawks finished just over 6.15 seconds shy of La Salle and edged out Saint Louis by 3.67 seconds.
Sophomore Zach Michon (3:52.11) and sophomore Christian Roberts (3:53.96 PR) placed fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 1500m finals to combine for five points; Roberts won the second section to earn that final scoring spot.
Michon also scored out of the 5000m, crossing his first collegiate track and field 5k in 14:53.03 for seventh in a field of 28 for two points.
In just his fifth collegiate track and field meet, high jumper Markell Lodge went for a season-best mark of 6' 7 1/2" (2.02m), which earned the junior fourth place and five points for the Crimson and Gray. It also qualifies Lodge for the IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships next weekend.
The Hawks earned six more points out of their other two relays, as the 4x400m relay of senior David Henderson, senior Kenny Evely, sophomore Justin Moscoe, and senior Barren McCoy crossed in 3:14.87, the Hawks' fastest 4x4 time of the spring, for a fifth-place, four-point performance and the 4x100m relay of sophomore David Bryant, freshman Sebastian Eaton, Henderson, and Evely turned in a time of 42.85 for a seventh-place, two-point performance.
Also of note out of the non-scoring performances, senior Steve Thompson turned in an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:53.23 to rank fifth out of Saturday's 800m preliminaries, while Houston (1:53.14) and Eddinger (1:53.63) sat ninth and 10th, respectively, with IC4A-qualifying, 800m performances.
Henderson added a 10th-place finish in the 400m preliminaries on Saturday, meeting the IC4A standard at 48.71 to just miss advancing to Sunday's finals by .39 seconds while sophomore John Walker ran a collegiate-best 1500m time of 3:55.30 (IC4A) to place ninth in the finals, just 66 seconds shy of a scoring performance, behind Roberts' eighth-place finish.
Qualifying Hawks will head to the 2018 IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Princeton University's Weaver Stadium this Saturday, May 12 through Sunday, May 13.
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