WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Junior distance standouts Zach Michon and John Walker bookended the first-place Distance Medley Relay and combined for another 10 points out of the 1500m Division 3 Finals to lead the Saint Joseph’s men’s track and field squad to a 12th-place showing in a field of 38 teams at the 54th Annual Colonial Relays, held at William and Mary’s Zable Stadium this weekend. The Hawks accumulated 35 points over Friday and Saturday competition.
Walker, freshman Michael Szwed, senior captain Rory Houston, and Michon (4:08.8) recorded a DMR time of 9:57.16 to easily capture the title in a field of 21 squads, defeating runner-up New Hampshire by 8.30 seconds. The performance was good for 10 points for the Crimson and Gray.
Michon (3:48.06 PR) and Walker (3:48.71 PR) also placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 1500m Division 3 Finals for 10 combined points. As the first-place finisher in the race ran unattached, Michon and Walker finished as the third- and fifth-fastest attached competitors, both in IC4A-qualifying performances.
Also of note, Houston placed fifth in the open 1500m University field of 65 in 1:54.67 while Szwed won his open 400m heat to for 14th in a field of 74 (49.68).
The Hawks took home a third-place finish in a 4x1500m relay field of 15; sophomore Matthew Scarpill, senior Will Sponaugle, senior Jack Daly, and graduate student captain Collin Crilly went for 15:51.09.
Crilly also covered the 5000m in a collegiate-best and IC4A-qualifying time of 14:32.69, good for a ninth-place, one-point finish, while Sponaugle ran the first sub-4:00 1500m of his collegiate career (3:57.78 PR) for 28th in a field of 78.
Saint Joseph’s earned its eight additional points out of three other relays, as the 4x200m relay of junior captain David Bryant, sophomore Sebastian Eaton, freshman Michael Welde, and freshman Kris Edobi placed fourth in a field of 15 (1:27.84), the Sprint Medley Relay of Bryant, Eaton, graduate student captain Barren McCoy, and senior captain Dylan Eddinger took seventh in a field of 23 (3:31.04), and the 4x400m relay of Welde, junior Trae’ Robinson, freshman Kyle Magee, and Szwed (48.3) earned eighth in a field of 21 (3:17.28, IC4A qualifier).
Also of note, SJU’s “B” DMR of redshirt freshman George Steinhoff, freshman Javier Linares, freshman Aidan Sauer, and freshman Zach Smith clocked in at 10:15.90 for eighth but was not eligible to score due to the “A” group earning a scoring performance.
Steinhoff also ran the open 800m for 1:54.77, bouncing back from a 2:03 opener at Rider last weekend.
Saint Joseph’s will split up to compete at the Rider Invitational, to be held at Rider University’s Track and Field Complex in Lawrenceville, N.J. next Saturday, April 13 and the Bucknell Bison Classic, to be held at Bucknell University’s Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa. next Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 14.