FAIRFAX, Va. – Junior Steve Thompson won the 800m individual title and the Hawks earned six medals between individual events (3) and relays (3) as the Saint Joseph’s men’s track and field squad placed seventh in a field of 10 teams at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships, held at George Mason’s Field House this weekend. Propelled by a 22-point effort from its relays, SJU earned 54 points at the two-day meet.
On Sunday afternoon, Thompson ran the second-fastest 800m of his indoor career, clocking in with a time of 1:53.18 to win the title. The junior held off Fordham’s Louis Santelli (1:53.40) and Michael Petersen (1:53.41) for the gold medal. Thompson had owned the second-fastest time (1:54.76) entering Sunday’s finals and avenged his runner-up finish from a year ago.
Thompson becomes Saint Joseph's fifth Atlantic 10 Indoor Championships 800m champion in program history, joining Matthew McGarvey (2014), Matt Petrocci (2006), and Andy Craycraft (2001, 2002).
The previous evening, Thompson ran the third leg of the Distance Medley Relay of junior Dave Garton, freshman Trae’ Robinson, and junior Collin Crilly; the group cruised to SJU's second-fastest time of the season (10:05.00) to finish second.
The Hawks also earned a second-place relay finish in the 4x400m, as freshman Justin Moscoe, senior Eddison Gulama, junior Kenny Evely, and senior Torey Doaty turned in a runner-up performance in 3:17.23 on Saturday afternoon; the time stands as SJU's second-fastest 4x400m relay time of the indoor season.
Saint Joseph’s 4x4800m relay of senior Dan Ferraiolo, junior Barren McCoy, senior Jack Magee, and sophomore Dylan Eddinger placed third in 7:40.58 to turn in SJU’s fastest 4x800m relay time of the season.
The Hawks were the only program to have all three of their relays place in the top three of each event.
In addition to running the lead-off leg of the runner-up DMR, Garton flew to a new collegiate-best mile time of 4:11.78 to edge out UMass’ Cory Thomas for a third-place finish in a field of 21 on Sunday afternoon. It marks his first collegiate track and field conference medal and his first conference scoring performance in an individual event.
On Saturday evening, senior Jimmy Daniels cruised through the 5000m finals in 14:53.51 to place third in the field of 22 for his first collegiate track and field conference medal. It marked his second consecutive sub-15:00 5k and third best overall 5000m time of his collegiate career.
Of note, Thompson's 800m title-winning time, Garton's mile time, and Saint Joseph’s 4x400m relay, 4x800m relay, and Distance Medley Relay times all met IC4A qualification standards.
In addition to racing on the third-place 4x800m relay, the duo of Magee (2:31.67) and Eddinger (2:33.65) placed fourth and sixth, respectively, to combine for eight points in the 1000m. In Saturday’s preliminaries, Eddinger had owned the fourth-fastest time (2:29.99 PR) while Magee had clocked in with the fifth-fastest time (2:30.20).
In Sunday’s finals, rookie Zach Michon added a scoring performance in the mile, turning in the fastest freshman performance of the event in 4:15.41, good for eighth.
Ferraiolo added an eighth-place finish in the 800m and had owned the seventh-fastest time (1:56.21) entering Sunday’s finals.
In addition to SJU’s scoring performances, in Saturday’s preliminaries, McCoy finished ninth in the 500m (1:05.90), missing qualification for Sunday’s finals by just .13 seconds. Gulama was also right on the cusp of qualifying for his finals as the senior finished his 400m race in 50.10 for 11th, just .30 seconds away from advancing. Freshman David Bryant led the Hawks with a 12th-place showing in the 60m (7.30) and 14th-place showing in the 200m (23.29 PR).
Select Hawks still looking to qualify for IC4As will return to action at the Fastrack Last Chance Invitational next Saturday, February 25, to be held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. The IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships will run from March 3-5 at Boston University.