AMHERST, Mass. – Led by the 2014 Atlantic 10 1500m champion Aaron Leskow, the Hawks earned medals in five individual events and all three relays as the Saint Joseph's men's track and field team took fifth place at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. The Hawks accumulated 80 points at the two-day conference meet, which was held at the University of Massachusetts from Saturday, May 3 through Sunday, May 4 at the UMass Track and Field Complex.
Including points scored in both individual events and relays, sophomore sprinter and jumper Alec Peabody (23), Leskow (16), junior Matthew McGarvey (16) and freshman sprinter and hurdler Torey Doaty (13) boasted 10-plus points to help lead the Hawks to their fifth-place team finish.
Entering the race as the A-10 outdoor leader in the event, Leskow flew through the 1500m in 3:52.56 to edge out La Salle’s Nick Ross for the title. Less than three hours later, Leskow ran the 5k in 14:52.55 to claim the bronze. Leskow captured two medals on Sunday afternoon and earned 16 points between two individual events for the Crimson and Gray.
Peabody was a force in the sprints, jumps, and relays this weekend. On Saturday, Peabody led all SJU point scorers by capturing the bronze medal in the long jump for six points. Peabody boasted an outdoor-best mark of 7.03m to earn his second bronze medal in the long jump on the Atlantic 10 level.
In addition to securing the bronze medal in the long jump on Saturday morning, Peabody went on to qualify for the finals of both the 100m and 200m. The sophomore standout ran the 100m in a personal-record 10.65 to rank second heading into Sunday’s finals and also qualified for the 200m finals in a personal-record 21.36 for a fourth-place slot. Both times will now stand as Peabody’s seed times for the upcoming IC4A Outdoor Championships. On Sunday, Peabody picked up his second bronze medal of the championships as the sophomore clocked in with a time of 10.97 in the 100m for third place. Peabody also flew through the 200m finals in 21.68 for fourth place. In individual events, Peabody earned two medals and 17 points through three events.
After clinching the Atlantic 10 800m indoor title, junior Matthew McGarvey demolished his previous 800m PR by .90 seconds to lead the 800m preliminary field of 22 long sprinters with a time of 1:51.12, which qualifies the junior standout for the upcoming IC4A Outdoor Championships. McGarvey crossed the finish line of Sunday’s final heat in 1:52.08 for the silver medal and eight Hawk points.
Saint Joseph’s stood as the only team to finish all three of its relays in the top three of their respective events as SJU’s 4x1, 4x4, and 4x8 combined for 20 points. The 4x4 of senior Peter Larmann, freshman Kevin Barry, McGarvey, and Doaty crossed the finish line in 3:17.75 for the silver-medal finish. Senior Tyler Dougherty ran the leadoff leg of the 4x1 of seniors Jon Eisemann and Derrick Henry and anchor Peabody that checked in with a third-place finish in 41.98. The 4x8 of juniors Jamie Gentile and Brady Deckert, freshman Eddison Gulama, and junior anchor Steve Butenewicz also took third in 7:41.19.
In addition to medaling on the 4x1 and 4x4, Doaty and Henry also scored for the Hawks in the 400m hurdles. Doaty (53.67 PR) and Henry (54.69) took fourth and sixth, respectively, to combine for eight points for the Crimson and Gray. The personal-record performance also qualifies Doaty for the upcoming IC4A Outdoor Championships.
Sophomore Quinn Davis placed fourth in the 3000S in 9:13.93 for five points for the Hawks while freshman Dan Savage took over ten seconds off of his 3000S PR to place eighth (9:20.57) for an additional point.
Senior Pat Donnelly placed seventh in the 10k on Saturday morning with a time of 30:55.81 for two Hawk points. Donnelly improved upon his previous 10k PR by over nine seconds to notch a top-eight finish for the Crimson and Gray. Donnelly's new 10k PR will stand as the senior's improved seed time for the upcoming IC4A Outdoor Championships.
Freshman Prince Charles Yakubu triple jumped for a personal-record mark of 13.08m to take seventh and earn two points for SJU.
In addition to running legs of the medaling relays, Eisemann and Roberts also represented the Hawks well in the sprints. Eisemann scored a point for the Hawks in the 100m with an eighth-place finish in the event in 11.34. On Saturday, Roberts ran the 400m in a personal-record 48.92 to take ninth in the preliminaries and to qualify for Sunday’s finals.
Members of the squad will return to action next Monday, May 12 at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet at Swarthmore College. The Hawks will now prepare for the 2014 IC4A Outdoor Championships scheduled for May 16-18 in Princeton, N.J.
COMPLETE SJU RESULTS
Triple Jump – Prince Charles Yakubu
7th (2 Points) – Yakubu, 13.08m
This release has been corrected to show the correct members of the 4x1 and 4x4