STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Saint Joseph’s men’s track and field squad turned in an impressive six IC4A-qualifying performances and added a strong win in the 4x400m relay at the unscored Villanova Wildcat Invitational, held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Saturday evening.
SJU’s 4x400m relay of freshman Michael Welde, junior Trae’ Robinson, graduate student captain Barren McCoy, and freshman Michael Szwed recorded a time of 3:17.20 to defeat runner-up Delaware State by .50 seconds in claiming the victory in a field of 10 groups.
The performance marks SJU’s fastest 4x400m relay of the season by over a second and will stand as the Hawks’ updated seed time for the upcoming IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships in early March. Robinson and Szwed ran the same legs on SJU’s second-fastest 4x400m relay of the season, at the Penn State National Invitational last weekend.
Junior Zach Michon turned in an IC4A-qualifying 3000m time of 8:21.67, good for second in a field of 22 and just slightly over two seconds off from first place; his time from the Penn 8-Team Select (8:20.51) two weekends ago will remain his IC4A seed time.
Additionally, senior captain Rory Houston cruised to a new collegiate-best time in the indoor 800m, crossing in 1:53.33; the time was good for fifth in a field of 31 and will stand as the veteran’s updated seed time for IC4As.
In an incredibly phenomenal demonstration of dominance, the Hawks put three milers in the top seven – and led by junior John Walker, all three met IC4A qualification.
Just last weekend, Walker PR’ed in the mile at 4:14.71, just missing the IC4A qualification in the event by .21 seconds. Head coach Mike Glavin decided to enter Walker in the same event for a consecutive weekend, and it paid off as the junior went for a new collegiate-best time of 4:12.89 for third in a field of 23.
Seniors Jack Daly (4:13.69 PR) and Will Sponaugle (4:13.85 PR) went fifth and seventh, respectively, for IC4A qualification. Both Daly and Sponaugle had set new PRs in the event two weekends ago at Ocean Breeze and demolished them on Saturday, Daly by over four seconds (4:18.44) and Sponaugle by over six seconds (4:19.99).
Also of note, in addition to leading off the championship 4x400m relay, Welde recorded the top rookie time out of the open 400m, winning his section in 49.61 for sixth overall in a field of 27.
Additionally, junior captain David Bryant put forth a pair of strong performances out of the short sprints. Bryant covered the 60m in 7.15, good for 20th in a field of 32. The time matches his second-fastest collegiate performance in the event (January 2018) having just recorded his PR (7.13) two weekends ago.
Bryant also finished 11th in a field of 35 in the 200m, crossing in a collegiate-best time of 22.33; he improved on his PR set just last weekend by .33 seconds and missed IC4As by just .09 seconds.
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The Saint Joseph’s men’s track and field squad claimed both the 4x400m relay and 4x800m relay titles at the unscored Frank Colden Invitational, held at Ursinus College's Floy Lewis Bakes Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Hawks’ 4x400m relay of freshman Kyle Magee, freshman Michael Baumgarten, freshman Aidan Sauer, and sophomore Joshua Richard (3:28.17) defeated Ursinus (3:33.09) for first in a field of 11 and the 4x800m relay of freshman Daniel Boyle, freshman Zach Smith, senior captain Justin Branco, and sophomore Dan Mink (8:20.01) defeated Ursinus (8:39.25) for first in a field of four.
Sauer also took second in an open 800m field of 53, claiming the top rookie time in a season- and collegiate-best time of 1:57.42. Richard followed up in third (1:58.53).
Junior Antonio Amaral earned second in a 3000m field of 22 (season-best 9:06.96) while rookie Ira Daly claimed a third-place showing in a mile field of 65 (4:26.97 PR) to round out all top-three finishes for the Crimson and Gray.
The Hawks return to action next Friday, February 8 at the Fastrack National Invitational, to be held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. Events are slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.