PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s men’s track and field team will travel to Amherst, Massachusetts this weekend for the 2014 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The two-day meet will be held at the University of Massachusetts from Saturday, May 3 through Sunday, May 4 as the UMass Track and Field Complex will play host to the top athletes from 13 teams across the league.
Heading into the weekend, 11 Hawks currently rank in the league’s top ten of 10 different individual events while the 4x1, 4x4, and 4x8 own top-three spots. Senior Aaron Leskow (1500m) and sophomore Quinn Davis (3000S) lead the Atlantic 10 in their respective events entering this weekend's competition.
The Atlantic 10 Championships will kick off on Saturday, May 3 at 9:00 a.m. with the men’s decathlon. The Hawks will open competition at 9:15 a.m. with participation in the 10k.
For a complete event rundown, please see below.
100m: Jon Eisemann, Alec Peabody
Trials – Saturday – 3:00 PM • Finals – Sunday – 12:15 PM
Peabody ties for second in the conference in the 100m in a PR 10.79 heading into Saturday's trials. Peabody is one of just three A-10 sprinters to post a sub-10.8 time this outdoor season. Eisemann is a three-time point scorer in the 200m on the A-10 level and owns a season-best 11.35 heading into his final Atlantic 10 trials.
200m: Tyler Dougherty, Alec Peabody
Trials – Saturday – 4:20 PM • Finals – Sunday – 1:25 PM
Coming off of his most successful Atlantic 10 Championship in which he ran the 400m leg of the championship DMR and also took silver in the 4x4, Dougherty enters his final Atlantic 10 Championships with a season-best 22.87 in the 200m. Saturday's trials will mark Dougherty's fourth consecutive outdoor A-10 200m race, and the senior has placed in the top 17 all three seasons. Peabody took home the silver in the 200m at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships back in February and placed sixth in the 200m (21.93) at last season's Atlantic 10 Championships. Peabody ran a PR 21.56 in the indoor season and owns a season-best 21.59 heading into Saturday's trials.
400m: Chris Banks, Kevin Barry, Griff Roberts
Trials – Saturday – 2:30 PM • Finals – Sunday – 11:55 AM
Banks heads into Saturday's 400m trials ranked eighth in the Atlantic 10 with a PR 48.39 and took sixth in the event on the indoor stage back in February. Roberts ran a season-best 49.43 at Princeton a few weekends ago while Barry (50.04 PR) makes his collegiate debut on the outdoor A-10 level.
800m: Steve Butenewicz, Eddison Gulama, Matthew McGarvey
Trials – Saturday – 3:30 PM • Finals – Sunday – 12:30 PM
The 800m champion at the 2013-14 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships, McGarvey will look to defend the title as the junior sits fourth in the conference with a season- and personal-record of 1:52.02 entering Saturday's trials. Butenewicz ranks fifth with a season-best 1:52.18, his fastest outdoor performance of his collegiate career. Gulama ran a PR 1:53.75 at Princeton a few weekends ago. Butenewicz and Gulama both ran legs on the championship 4x8 at this year's indoor A-10s.
1500m: Quinn Davis, Aaron Leskow, Tom O’Kane
Finals – Sunday – 11:00 AM
Leskow is the conference leader in the 1500m (3:45.81 PR) and ranks as the fourth fastest outdoor 1500m time in Saint Joseph's history. Leskow won the mile at the indoor meet this year and will additionally compete in the 5k this weekend. Davis enters Sunday's finals with a personal-record and ninth-place rank with a time of 3:50.30 PR and O'Kane, who took home the bronze at last season's outdoor championships, ran his career-best 1500m (3:50.93 PR) at Bucknell on April 13.
5000m: Jimmy Daniels, Aaron Leskow, Michael Rankin
Finals – Sunday – 1:40 PM
Leskow owns the second fastest overall time - and top fastest outdoor time - in the Atlantic 10 this outdoor season as the senior owns a 5k PR of 14:09.44. The time ranks as the fourth fastest outdoor 5k time in Saint Joseph's history. Leskow is coming off of an indoor championship in which he won the mile and has continued his success on the track this outdoor season. In his most recent race, Rankin ran his season-best 5k (14:52.48) at Princeton and grabbed the bronze medal at the 2013 A-10 Outdoor Championships. Daniels will compete in his first outdoor championship with a season-best 14:49.81 and took 10th in the event at the indoor meet.
10,000m: Pat Donnelly, Jon Mazzio
Finals – Saturday – 9:15 AM
Seniors Donnelly and Mazzio will represent the Hawks in their final Atlantic 10 Championships on Saturday morning. Donnelly owns a career-best 10k time of 31:05.00 heading into Saturday, which ranks him eighth in the Atlantic 10 by over 52 seconds. Mazzio has not run the 10k this season but owns a career-best 30:03.37 from a seventh-place finish at 2012 A-10s; that time would stand as the fifth fastest in the A-10 currently.
4x1: Chris Banks, Tyler Dougherty, Jon Eisemann, Derrick Henry, Alec Peabody
Finals – Sunday – 10:40 AM
Saint Joseph's fastest 4x1 of Banks, Eisemann, Henry, and Peabody ran a 41.75 at the William and Mary Colonial Relays, and that performance sits the group third in the A-10.
4x4: Peter Larmann, Chris Banks, Kevin Barry, Torey Doaty, Eddison Gulama, Derrick Henry, Matthew McGarvey, Griff Roberts
Finals – Sunday – 2:55 PM
Saint Joseph's fastest 4x4 of Roberts, McGarvey, Larmann, and Doaty ran a 3:16.74 at the Penn Relays last weekend. Banks and Roberts ran legs of the 4x4 that took home the silver at indoor A-10s back in February.
4x8: Jamie Gentile, Brady Deckert, Steve Butenewicz, Eddison Gulama, Matthew McGarvey, Logan Mohn, Tom O’Kane
Finals – Sunday – 2:35 PM
Saint Joseph's fastest 4x8 of Gentile, Gulama, McGarvey, and Butenewicz ran a 7:31.99 at the Penn Relays last weekend. The 4x8 of Mohn, Butenewicz, Gulama, and Deckert won the event at the indoor A-10s back in February.
400M Hurdles: Torey Doaty, Derrick Henry
Trials – Saturday – 4:00 PM • Finals – Sunday – 1:00 PM
SJU's one-two punch of Doaty and Henry ranks fourth and sixth, respectively, in the Atlantic10 entering Saturday's trials. Doaty ran a season-best 54.17 at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational and owns the top freshman performance in the A-10 while Henry's personal-record time of 54.44 at Rider sits him sixth.
3000S: Quinn Davis, Logan Mohn, Dan Savage
Finals – Saturday – 5:00 PM
Davis leads the Atlantic 10 in the 3000S in a PR 9:08.96 entering Saturday's finals. Davis raced in the same heat as David Ozarowski (9:09.75) - who owns the league's second fastest performance - at the Larry Ellis Invitational and edged him out for the top spot. Mohn set the school record (8:53.10) in the event at last season's A-10 Outdoor Championships and owns a season-best 9:28.70 to rank fifth in the league while Savage sits eighth (9:31.30) heading into his first A-10 Outdoor Championship.
Long Jump: Alec Peabody, Mike Yap
Finals – Saturday – 11:30 AM
In addition to competing in the 100m and 200m, Peabody will also look to score in the long jump. Peabody owns an outdoor PR of 6.99m and season-best mark of 6.75 heading into Saturday's finals and will look to continue his momentum from this year's indoor championships, where he took home the bronze. Yap boasted a career-best mark of 6.22m at the Widener Invitational two weekends ago and will compete in his final Atlantic 10 Championship event this weekend.
Triple Jump: Prince Charles Yakubu
Finals – Sunday – 10:15 AM
Yakubu owns a season-best 12.85m triple-jump mark heading into Sunday's finals. The rookie took ninth at the indoor meet.