PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s men’s track and field squad returns 46 letterwinners for the 2016-17 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons, including eight Atlantic 10 champions, six IC4A champions, and four program record-holders from last season alone. The Hawks welcome 20 freshman additions out of Pennsylvania (10), New Jersey (7), Delaware (2), and New York (1), as well as a sophomore transfer from Loyola (Md.), this year.
28th-year head coach Mike Glavin has selected senior short sprinter Kevin Barry, senior long sprinter and hurdler Torey Doaty, senior middle distance runner Jack Magee, senior jumper Prince Charles Yakubu, and the senior distance trio of Jimmy Daniels, John Mascioli and Dan Savage to captain the Hawks this year.
“Incredible leadership,” answered Glavin, when asked what these seven captains share. “Athletic leadership and otherwise. These guys have grown to be what you want an athlete to be, regardless of talent level, and did it through perseverance. They are good people who understand hard work. Academically and athletically, this is a class that will be missed.”
The Hawks open the 2016-17 indoor season this Saturday, December 3 at Villanova’s Jack Pyrah Invitational, to be held at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa. Tentatively scheduled, field events will begin at 11:00 a.m. while running events will run from noon through 3:20 p.m. For the full schedule of events, please click here.
A 2016 NCAA East Preliminaries 4x400m relay qualifier, junior David Henderson returns as a top contender in the short sprints, while senior Kevin Barry, who makes the transition from long to short sprints this year, will captain the group.
Glavin expects that Henderson’s 200m will show up in a big way this indoor and outdoor season, and Henderson is on track to be SJU’s top performer in both the 200m and 400m this year. The junior scored in the 200m with an eighth-place finish at the 2016 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships and went on to run his first collegiate sub-22:00 performance (21.93 PR) for ninth at the 2016 A-10 outdoor meet.
Henderson qualified for the 2016 IC4A Outdoor Championships in the 400m and crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 48.38.
Glavin would like to see Barry show up a bit more in the 200m, to help his 400m. The senior captain ran his collegiate-best 200m time (22.51) last year at the A-10 outdoor meet, while his season-best 400m time (49.84) came up at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex during the Fastrack Last Chance Indoor Invitational.
“Kevin is one of those athletes who puts his head down and goes,” said Glavin. “He is not afraid of hard work, and to me, that is the mark of leadership.”
Sophomore Jake Wolfe returns for his second season in the sprints after recording a 23.29 for 200m and 52.39 for 400m as a rookie last year.
“Wolfe is a developing sophomore that we’re going to keep an eye on,” said Glavin. “We’ll continue to do the short sprint workouts to develop him for the 200m and 400m.”
Senior Prince Charles Yakubu will round out the returning short sprinters as part of the training plan for his primary event - the triple jump.
A pair of freshmen in David Bryant (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) and Derrick Stephenson (Brookhaven, Pa./Sun Valley) will also train with the short sprints group.
The two-time defending Atlantic 10 champion in the 500m, Doaty has the potential to take home his third consecutive title on February 19. Just two weeks after winning the event last winter, the captain flew to a collegiate-best time of 1:02.29 to earn the silver medal at the IC4A Indoor Championships.
“Without putting extra expectations on him, it’s pretty clear that he’s going to be a player in the conference,” said Glavin of his captain. “You don’t have any guarantees, but he’s going to be a significant factor for us.”
Gulama also scored in the 500m at IC4As last season, placing seventh in a collegiate-best time of 1:03.25. The senior had scored in the 800m just two weeks prior at A-10s. Training in the quarter-mile with an expectation to also run the half-mile, Glavin expects Gulama to take a spot on SJU’s 4x400m relay this winter.
Entering his third season on Hawk Hill, Evely turned in his collegiate-best 500m time (1:04.23) at Yale last winter and went on to place 11th in the event at indoor A-10s.
“Kenny is coming along, and I think this year, between individual events and relays, there are going to be opportunities for him,” said Glavin. “I believe that he will embrace those opportunities, and that’s important.”
Ferraiolo went sub-1:53 for the first time in his collegiate career en route to a 10th-place showing (1:52.28) at the IC4A Outdoor Championships last spring. With good quarter speed but a training emphasis on the half-mile, Ferraiolo will take on the 500m and 800m open races to gear up for his spot on the 4x800m relay. Glavin considers the junior a “confident racer” out of the 4x800m relay leadoff spot and a dependable leadoff leg that gives the group an opportunity to win.
After battling an injury that hampered his freshman indoor and outdoor seasons, McCoy took over three seconds off of his 500m PR (1:05.13) to become an IC4A qualifier in the event for the first time in his collegiate career last winter.
“Barren proved me right last year,” said Glavin. “During his freshman year, I kept telling him that even though he was injured a lot, he would run a good quarter, but an even better half-mile. He has some leg speed, and he’s not afraid of the half-mile. I like a guy that likes the half.”
Senior Brandon Ossont and sophomore Alex Masgai will round out SJU’s notable returners in the event group. Glavin believes that, depending on their development, both could find themselves taking on spots in 4x400m relay situations.
Sophomore Alex Karam, who did not compete last year, returns to the group while Saint Joseph’s adds six newcomers in freshmen Will Davies (Taylor, Pa./Riverside), Jacob Feiertag (Zionsville, Pa./Emmaus), Aaron Lemma (Gilbertsville, Pa./Pope John Paul II), Justin Moscoe (Havertown, Pa./Haverford), Trae' Robinson (Plainfield, N.J./Union Catholic Regional), and Tristen Shoemaker (Dunmore, Pa./Scranton Prep).
Magee has been a factor in the shorter middle distance events since his sophomore year. The senior took home the silver medal in the 1000m (2:31.34) at the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships last winter and went on to post his first collegiate sub-1:53 performance in the 800m last spring at Princeton, en route to making appearances in the event at both the A-10 and IC4A outdoor meets.
“Jack is an example of a guy who had to wait his turn, but worked hard throughout that process,” said Glavin of his senior captain. “He runs every workout as hard as he can.”
Thompson and Eddinger made their own impacts in the shorter of the middle distance events last season. While Magee took home the silver in the 1000m, Thompson claimed his own second-place finish, in the 800m. Eddinger followed up with a fifth-place, 800m finish in his first collegiate conference meet as the trio combined for 20 points at the 2016 A-10 Indoor Championships.
Eddinger and Thompson would then turn in fifth- and seventh-place finishes, respectively, to both score in the 800m at the A-10 outdoor meet. Both had qualified for the finals of the event in sub-1:52 performances.
And Eddinger was only a rookie.
“If you start by realizing that Dylan was a freshman last year, you look at those accomplishments and say, ‘That’s going to be pretty good,’” said Glavin. “But it’s going to be better than pretty good, because he was a freshman doing all of that. I think that this year, he will grow in his level in the sport immensely because he has an enormous amount of experience. He is going to expect big things from himself this year.”
Junior middle distance runner Dave Garton has battled setback after setback over the last two years, but his training implies that he is back.
“In both cross country and track training, Dave looks like the guy I recruited,” said Glavin. “Our goal will be to get him closer to where he might’ve been had he stayed healthy for the past two years. If he gets and stays healthy, he becomes an instant factor for us.”
Juniors Brendan Bilotta, Graham Bly, Jake Durante-Koller, and Andrew Myers and sophomores Cameron Flowers, Michael Phayre, and Brendan Thorp will round out SJU’s returning middle distance group, while freshmen Joey Angelina (Media, Pa./Penncrest), Harrison Morris (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), and Colin Parker (Newark, Del./Salesianum) alongside sophomore tranfer Eddie Leonard (Chadds Ford, Pa./Archmere Academy (Del.))/Loyola Md.)), enter their first track and field seasons donning the Crimson and Gray.
Glavin has high expectations for his distance group this year and notes that sophomore Justin Branco and junior Collin Crilly can be immediate factors in the 1500m and mile, sophomores Jack Daly and Sean Macpherson will excel in the 3000m, and senior captain Jimmy Daniels, junior David Dorsey, and Shawn Hutchison are the go-to Hawks for 5k and 10k. Additionally, senior captain John Mascioli and redshirt junior captain Dan Savage will be expected to impact the distance group in multiple events.
Branco enters his sophomore track and field season after an outstanding fall in which improved upon his 8k (25:03.0) and 10k (31:57) times and finished as SJU’s #3 runner at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championship. Branco ran a 4:10.14 for 1500m and 4:19.41 for the mile last year.
“Justin has really started to come along,” said Glavin. “He seems to run better in the second half of the season, when championship races start.”
Crilly has been consistent in his 1500m time, running a collegiate-best time of 3:56.64 as a freshman and following up with a 3:57.97 last spring. Crilly added his collegiate-best mile time (4:19.45) last winter and has experience at the Atlantic 10 Championships in both events.
“Collin was injured but came back outdoors last season, and I think he is a guy that could be a 4:12 miler,” said Glavin. “That would really help us in terms of regaining some ground in that event.”
Daly and Macpherson enter their second track and field seasons together after a strong fall on the trails. Daly set his 3k PR (9:01.73) in his first collegiate meet at Haverford last winter, while Macpherson, who ran 3:55 for 1500m in the spring, owns a 3k PR of 8:41.66.
“You’re going to see Jack emerge as a very aggressive, hard-running athlete,” said Glavin. “I expect that he will be a very good 3k runner for us this year. Sean already has wheels turning over in the mile, and when his mile goes fast, he’s going to run a very, very fast 3k.”
Led by 10k IC4A qualifier Daniels, the trio of Daniels, Dorsey, and Hutchison will tackle the longest of the distance events. Daniels is SJU’s lone returner in the 10k.
“Jimmy is a very good leader,” said Glavin of his captain, who just ran 26:01 for five miles at Van Cortlandt Park two weekends ago. “He’ll be there. He’s somebody we’re going to be depending on.”
Daniels ran sub-15:00 for 5k as a freshman and both scored at the A-10 Outdoor Championships and qualified for the IC4A Outdoor Championships in the 10k as a junior. Dorsey has run sub-15:00 for 5k for three consecutive seasons (14:52.14 PR) while Hutchison clocked his best 5k (15:16.22) at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex during the NYC Gotham Cup last winter.
Throughout his career, Mascioli could be described in one word: dependable. Prior to the A-10 Cross Country Championship race this past October, Glavin noted that Mascioli’s role would be to come in and close the door, regardless of who finished as SJU’s 1-4 runners. Mascioli did just that, placing 37th overall as SJU’s fifth and final scorer. The senior captain does what is needed, and that will transfer over in a positive way this winter and spring. Mascioli has raced everything from the 1500m through the 5k, including the 3000m steeplechase.
“John can run everything from the mile up,” praised Glavin. “If I need John to run the 5k, he can. If I need John to run the 4x1 Mile Relay, he can. John is going to be a versatile, utility guy. He’s going to be useful in a lot of places, and that’s a good thing for us.”
After battling injury for most of his indoor and outdoor track and field seasons last year, Savage raced his way back into a spot on the cross country championship rosters this fall. In Savage’s comeback race at the conference meet, the redshirt junior led all Hawks with a 17th-place showing in a field of 123. He followed up as SJU’s top runner with a 26th-place finish in a field of 150 at the regional meet.
“Dan is back,” beamed Glavin. “As a coach, the thing you always hope for is that when a guy has spent a lot of time coming back from an injury, he takes the attitude of ‘I’m back and need to take advantage of missed opportunities.’ Dan sees that. If he is healthy, he has that level of ability to make the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in the 3000m steeplechase. It will all be dependent on his health.”
Seniors Chris Bencivengo, Mike Cassidy, and Evan Guerin, juniors Kevin Dorsey, Anthony Morelli, and Patrick Quirk, and sophomores Tommy Higley, Matthew Mullin-Garcia, John Podles, Sean Princivalle, and Will Sponaugle will add returning experience to SJU’s distance group.
Freshmen Antonio Amaral (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), Josh Clark (Blackwood, N.J./Highland Regional), Colin Gallagher (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial), Riley Hannan (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin), Zach Michon (Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville), Christian Roberts (Trenton, N.J./Robbinsville), and John Walker (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) all raced for the cross country squad in the fall and will add depth to SJU’s distance group. Clark was part of the Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship and NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship rosters and was named the A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, while Michon, hampered by injury, saw glimpses of success en route to earning A-10 Rookie of the Week honors during the fall.
“Josh and Zach could be contributing factors as freshmen,” noted Glavin. “They will contribute, at least as far as depth. Zach was a better miler in high school, while Josh was better in the 3200m. They could find themselves contributing right away.”
Last season, Saint Joseph’s 4x400m relay broke the program records on both the indoor and outdoor scenes, in an indoor time of 3:09.11 to win the IC4A Championships title in March and in an outdoor time of 3:08.28 while representing SJU with a 16th-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Fla. in June.
The bad: The Hawks lose second leg Chris Banks and anchor leg Alec Peabody due to graduation. The good: The Hawks return their leadoff leg in junior David Henderson and their third leg in senior captain Torey Doaty.
“David and Torey will pull that 4x4, that has lost 50 percent of its firepower, together,” said Glavin. “David did such a fantastic job of leading it off down in Florida. Being able to put somebody out there who is willing to put you in the race is huge. And that’s him.
“Torey is the kind of person that they will follow into battle. He’s battle-tested and comes out on the high end.”
The other two legs will need to be replaced, and senior Eddison Gulama and junior Kenny Evely are in line after serving as the group's alternates at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds last spring. Gulama had raced the second leg (48.2) of the 4x400m relay that had broken the previous school record in mid-February last year, at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex as part of the Fastrack National Qualifier. Gulama also ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay that took home the gold medal at the 2016 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships, while Evely earned the third-leg spot of the first-place 4x400m relay at the A-10 outdoor meet last spring.
“When you lose half of that relay, a relay that was so synchronized, it would be really easy to fall three of four seconds off of that time,” added Glavin. “The way they are talking and training, they’re not having any part of that.”
Senior short sprinter Kevin Barry will also see opportunities at the 4x400m relay, while Glavin notes the potential of three freshmen that could factor into the mix in long sprinters Will Davies (Taylor, Pa./Riverside), Justin Moscoe (Havertown, Pa./Haverford), and Trae’ Robinson (Plainfield, N.J./Union Catholic Regional).
“These three freshmen really give us a depth factor,” said Glavin. “If one or two of those guys come along like we hope they will in their freshman year, we could have eight guys that we’re looking to. And once you get that deep, you are able to be more flexible and keep your top guys healthier, longer, while giving the newcomers that experience.”
Saint Joseph’s 4x800m relay also experienced immense success last season, claiming the silver medal at the IC4A indoor meet and then winning the title at the IC4A outdoor meet. All five Hawks who raced on those two relays - leadoff leg Dan Ferraiolo, second leg Dylan Eddinger, third legs Jack Magee (indoor) and Barren McCoy, and anchor leg Steve Thompson - return.
“What is really nice about that group is that [Jack] Magee is a senior and has been part of the game right from the beginning,” said Glavin. “You have the depth of Magee, Ferraiolo, Eddinger, McCoy, and Thompson. Add a healthy [Dave] Garton and we are six deep as we look for four positions.”
Saint Joseph’s returns five of seven Hawks from its DMR group that placed fourth at the IC4A indoor meet and sixth at the A-10 indoor meet a season ago, as first legs in Justin Branco (A-10s) and Collin Crilly (IC4As), second legs in Barry (A-10s) and Gulama (IC4As), and McCoy, who raced the third leg at both meets, are back. The Hawks will look to fill the anchor leg position, left empty due to the graduation of Quinn Davis and exhausted eligibility of Paul Szulewski. Additionally, Doaty owns a school-record leg on SJU’s fastest-ever DMR.
Two-time NCAA East Preliminary Rounds qualifier. Two-time defending Atlantic 10 champion. Senior captain Torey Doaty returns for what could be an exciting final year in the 400m hurdles.
Doaty ran his first sub-52.00 time in the 400m hurdles (51.47) to claim his second straight gold medal at A-10s last May and followed up by placing 42nd among the top 400m hurdlers east of the Mississippi River at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds down in Jacksonville, Fla.
“As an athlete, a person, everything - Torey has grown into the type of person we wanted him to become,” beamed Glavin.
The potential is there and the opportunities are endless for the captain this spring.
Senior captain Prince Charles Yakubu will lead the six-member jumps group this year. Yakubu triple jumped for 44’ 2” (13.46m) at the Rider Invitational last spring, which marked his best collegiate triple jump mark to date. He has experience at the Atlantic 10 Conference level, making the finals of the 2014 indoor meet and following up with a scoring performance at the 2014 outdoor meet, and will be expected to lead the group this year.
“Prince is taking to the running part of the training very seriously this year, and I am hoping that he makes some of the bigger travel rosters,” said Glavin. “He seems very serious about his opportunities this year, and there is the potential there to grab a few points at the conference meet.”
Aside from Yakubu, the Hawks are young in the jumps as two sophomores who did not compete a season ago - Alec Arena and Alex Karam - and the freshman trio of Bruce Howard (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill), Derrick Stephenson (Brookhaven, Pa./Sun Valley), and Eron Swan (New York, N.Y./Dalton School) round out the unit.
The Hawks will open January with back-to-back weekends of meets at the Wagner Collegiate Invitational (Jan. 6), and Lehigh Angry Birds Invitational (Jan. 14) before splitting up to compete at both the Penn 8 Team Select and Ursinus Collegeville Classic on January 21. The Hawks will close out the month of January at the two-day Penn State National Invitational (Jan. 27-28).
Saint Joseph’s will open February with Yale’s Giegengack Invitational (Feb. 3-4) before heading to both the Fastrack National Invitational (Feb. 10) and Monmouth Winter Invitational (Feb. 11) the following weekend.
The Wagner Collegiate Invitational, Penn 8 Team Select, and Fastrack National Invitational will all be held at the Ocean Breeze Facility in Staten Island, N.Y.
The 2017 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships will be held at George Mason University’s Field House in Fairfax, Va. from February 17-19.
Saint Joseph’s will have one more IC4A-qualifying opportunity at the Fastrack Last Chance Invitational, to be held at the Ocean Breeze Facility on February 25, before qualifiers head to the 2017 IC4A Championships at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center from March 3-5.
The 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships will run from March 10-11 at the Texas A&M University’s Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station, Texas.
Saint Joseph’s will open the outdoor season on Saturday, March 25 at the 22nd Annual Monmouth Season Opener in West Long Branch, N.J. before heading down to Williamsburg, Va. for the 52nd Annual Colonial Relays, set March 30 through April 1. The Hawks will split up over the course of the next six meets, racing both the Princeton Sam Howell Invitational (Apr. 7) and Rider Invitational (Apr. 8) as well as the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational (Apr. 21-22) and Widener Invitational (Apr. 21-22) before heading to Penn Relays (Apr. 27-29) and Lehigh Games (Apr. 29) to cap the regular season.
The 2017 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships will be held at UMass’ Track and Field Complex in Amherst, Mass. From May 5-7.
Qualifiers will then compete at the IC4A Championships at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium from May 12-14.
The Swarthmore Last Chance Meet on May 15 will provide the Hawks with one final NCAA-qualifying opportunity, followed by the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. from May 25-27. Saint Joseph’s was represented in the 400m hurdles, 400m, and 4x400m relay at the 2016 NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.
The NCAA Outdoor Championships will take place from June 7-10 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.