PRINCETON, N.J. – Graduate student captain Collin Crilly closed an outstanding collegiate career as he and freshman Michael Welde scored in open events and ran on scoring relays to lead the Saint Joseph’s men’s track and field squad at the 2019 IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium this weekend. The Hawks finished 29th among 44 scored programs, with 11 total points as SJU scored in the open 1500m and open 400m and both its 4x400m and 4x800m relays.
Crilly flew to a collegiate-best 1500m time of 3:51.73 to place seventh in a field of 42 on Saturday afternoon, garnering his first collegiate All-East honor for an open performance in the process. The performance marked the first time in Crilly’s career that he went sub-3:52.00, as his previous PR in the event stood at 3:52.13, and earned two points for the Crimson and Gray.
"I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to do what I love for another year," said Crilly of his final outdoor season. "It's just been great to have amazing teammates helping me to be the best runner I can be, and it's satisfying to know that I've inspired a lot of my teammates to help them reach their full potential, as well."
The graduate student standout becomes just the third Hawk in program history to earn a top-eight performance in the IC4A 1500m, joining Karl Savage (2000, 2001) and Steve Ave (1986).
"It's sad to end it on such a good note knowing that I have a lot left, but I'm thankful to have had that extra year," added Crilly, who redshirted last spring. "To finally see those miles and hard work pay off is amazing."
In his final collegiate performance, Crilly also led off the 4x800m relay of redshirt freshman George Steinhoff, freshman Michael Szwed, and senior captain Rory Houston; the group recorded a time of 7:43.31 for a fourth-place, five-point performance in a field of 12. This marks the eighth consecutive year in which SJU has scored it’s 4x8, dating back to 2012.
Welde led four Hawks in the 400m with an eighth-place, one-point performance in a time of 49.59. Welde turned in the fastest performance by a freshman in the 31-member field for the All-East honor.
Welde also led off the 4x400m relay of junior Trae’ Robinson, freshman Kris Edobi, and junior captain Justin Moscoe; the group posted a time of 3:21.16 for a sixth-place, three-point performance. This marks the fifth consecutive year in which SJU has scored its 4x4, dating back to 2015.
Moscoe (20th, 50.52), Robinson (23rd, 50.68), and Edobi (28th, 51.60) also competed in the open 400m.
Behind Crilly, senior Will Sponaugle (21st, 3:54.72 PR) and sophomore Matthew Scarpill (25th, 3:55.58 PR) also finished in the top 25 of the 1500m while Steinhoff (32nd, 3:58.70), junior John Walker (37th, 4:03.19), and senior Jack Daly (42nd, 4:08.88) rounded out SJU’s competitors in the event.
Houston ran his final open 800m in 1:52.46 on Saturday afternoon, good for 20th in a field of 55. Houston ran the open 800m 35 times over the course of his collegiate career. His first recorded time in the event was a 2:03.62 back in January of 2016; he dropped over 11 seconds off that time with his PR (1:51.93) at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend.
Szwed followed Houston’s performance in 34th, crossing in 1:54.58 to post the fifth-fastest performance by a freshman.
Saint Joseph’s will now await official declarations for the NCAA East Regional Preliminary Rounds; junior Zach Michon currently ranks 66th in the 1500m and 71st in the 5000m for the East; the top 48 declared athletes out of each event will qualify (May 22-25).