Men's Track & Field

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Decker Wins 800 Meters, Men's Track & Fields Sets Two Records on way to Fifth-Place Finish at NEWMAC Championships

Decker Wins 800 Meters, Men's Track & Fields Sets Two Records on way to Fifth-Place Finish at NEWMAC Championships

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.— The men's track & field team recorded 48 points, their highest point total ever, to place fifth at the New England Women's and Men's Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at Springfield College on Saturday afternoon.

MIT earned its 18th consecutive conference title, while WPI and Wheaton came in second and third, respectively.

Senior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) defended his 800-meter title, winning the event for the third time in his career, to end the day as the only Beaver gold-medalist on the men's side. Decker also placed third in the 1500-meter run in a season-best 3:55.90, and anchored the fourth-place 4x400-meter relay.

Junior Matthew Dynan (Reading, Mass.) ran 3:58.74 to place third in the 1500-meter run to start his day off. Dynan returned later to place third in the 5000-meter, logging a time of 15:47, before running the third leg on the 4x400-meter relay with less than 20-minutes of rest between events.

First-year Ethan Kohanik (Delran, N.J.) ran 58.22 to place sixth in the 400-meter hurdles, lowering his school record and qualifying for the NCAA regional championships. Senior Jonathan Miller (Westford, Mass. ) competed in the 10,000-meter run for the first time since 2015 and placed seventh, running 34:16.13.

Sophomore Nicholas Virkler (Lincoln, Mass.) placed eighth in the 800-meter run in a season best 1:58.04, while classmate Samir Arora (Fremont, Calif.) finished right behind him, running 1:58.53 to fall just short of scoring points.

Both Virkler and Arora also ran legs on the 4x400-meter relay, while the quartet of Kohanik, sophomores Sean Haney (Duxbury, Mass.) and Sean Rezendes (Scituate, Mass.), and Junior Sayin Shute (Lexington, Mass.) placed fifth in the 4x100-meter in a school-record 43.89. Shute returned to competition, running a life-time best 11.25 to place seventh in the 100-meter dash, while senior Ryan Colaco (Danville, Calif.) placed eighth in the Steeplechase running 10:15.43. Junior Austin Henry (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) finished one place behind Colaco, but recorded a personal-best 10:21.88

The Beavers return to action next Thursday when they travel to MIT to compete at the NCAA New England Championships.

• Decker is the second athlete in program history to record back-to-back NEWMAC titles, since Brian Gagne won the 10,000-meter in 2001 and 2002.
• Kohanik, who ran under 60-seconds in the 400-meter hurdles for the first time on April 14, now owns the top-three times in program history.
• Arora, Colaco, Decker, Dynan, Kohanik, and Shute have all qualified for next weekend's NCAA regional meet.