LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Coming off of outstanding indoor seasons, junior distance standouts John Walker and Zach Michon hit IC4A qualification in the 800m to lead the Saint Joseph's men's track and field squad at the Rider 5-Way Meet, the 2019 outdoor opener for the Crimson and Gray. Hosted by Rider University at the Michael P. Brady Track on Saturday afternoon, the Hawks totaled 150 points for a second-place team finish in a six-team field including Rider (248), Fordham (84), Sacred Heart (80), Fairleigh Dickinson (77), and Rutgers (55).
Six Hawks took home individual titles.
Walker won the 800m in a collegiate-best time of 1:53.11, good for the fastest time in a field of 48, while Michon (1:53.95 PR, IC4A) and freshman Michael Szwed (1:54.11 PR) went third and fourth, respectively.
Redshirt freshman George Steinhoff took home a win in the 1500m with a time of 4:02.92, followed by senior Will Sponaugle (3rd, 4:03.94), sophomore Matthew Scarpill (4th, 4:04.11), and freshman Zach Smith (5th, 4:04.67).
In his first attached race since this past cross country season, graduate student captain Collin Crilly made his return to the track a good one, winning the 3000m title in 8:40.22. Freshman Ben Bunch (3rd, 8:57.37) and seniors Shawn Hutchison (4th, 8:58.88) and Sean Macpherson (5th, 8:58.92) followed.
Freshman Michael Welde was a force out of the short sprints as the rookie won the 200m in a field of 21 (22.43), placed third in the 100m field of 19 (11.39), and anchored the 4x100m relay of junior captain David Bryant, sophomore Sebastian Eaton, and freshman Michael Baumgarten (42.52). Eaton added a third-place showing in the open 200m (22.61).
The Hawks return to action at the 54th Annual Colonial Relays, to be held at William and Mary's Zable Stadium down in Williamsburg, Va. next weekend.