AMHERST, Mass. – Junior distance standout Zach Michon earned a pair of individual medals and senior captain Rory Houston and junior John Walker medaled in both open and relay events to lead the Saint Joseph’s men’s track and field squad to a sixth-place team finish in a field of 11 programs at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. Held at UMass’ Track and Field Complex, the Hawks totaled 61 points.
Michon earned silver in the 1500m (3:52.95), just missing the title by .28 seconds, and bronze in the 5000m (14:30.10) for 14 combined points. Graduate student captain Collin Crilly earned silver in the 5000m (14:29.42) and Walker went for bronze in the 1500m (3:53.24) as the Hawks finished 2-3 in both events. Senior Will Sponaugle placed eighth in the 1500m (3:56.28) as the two event groups combined for 29 points.
Also of note, redshirt freshman George Steinhoff went for 10th (3:58.06) in the 1500m field of 29 as the Hawks claimed four of the top-ten spots in the event.
Senior Markell Lodge earned the silver medal in a field of 13 high jumpers, matching his PR of 6’ 7 1/2”, which he set at last year’s A-10s (fourth), for eight points.
Houston, who was just announced as SJU's Class of 1950 award winner, finished third in the 800m (1:51.93 PR) for six points while freshman Michael Welde went sixth in the 400m finals (48.60 PR). Of note, freshmen Michael Szwed (800m) and Kris Edobi (400m) made their respective finals.
SJU’s 4x400m relay of Welde, junior Trae’ Robinson, Edobi, and junior captain Justin Moscoe (3:15.52) and 4x800m relay of Walker, senior captain Dylan Eddinger, Houston, and Szwed (7:37.93) both finished third for a combined 12 points.
Sophomore Matthew Scarpill added two points out of the 3000m steeplechase (7th, 9:19.63), a PR by over 18 seconds, while SJU’s 4x100m relay of Welde, junior captain David Bryant, freshman Michael Baumgarten, and Lodge added an eighth-place, one-point performance in 43.43.
Qualifying Hawks will race at the 2019 IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships this upcoming Saturday, May 11 through Sunday, May 12 at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium.