Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's track and field team had an impressive day on Saturday as hosts of the Trinity College Outdoor Track and Field Invitational, the first outdoor track and field meet on Trinity's campus in nine years. The Bantams were led by their 4x100- and 4x800-meter relay teams, who both brought home first-place finishes, while the Bantams also posted six top-three finishes on the day.
Trinity's 4x100-meter relay team, composed of sophomores Samuel Oyebefun (Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis), Ben Feola (Woodbridge, Conn.), Luke Mayer (Morristown, N.J.) and junior captain Daniel Hughes (Hagley, England), took first-place by two seconds with a finals time of 44.06. The Bantam 4x800-meter team, made up of sophomore Lucas Duros (Wilmette, Ill.) and first-years Spencer Brown (Falmouth, Maine), Timothy Bogomolov (Lynn, Mass.) and Ace McAlister (Great Barrington, Mass.), took first in a dominant performance, finishing over 25 seconds better than second place Worcester State.
Oyebefun finished third in both the 100- and 200-meter dash to round out an outstanding day individually while Feola claimed third in the 400-meter dash in a photo-finish. Junior captain Kyle Larsson (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) took fourth in the 800-meter run in a race where second through fourth place were separated by less than a full second. Along with his performance in the 4x800-meter relay, McAlister finished second in the 1,500-meter run in 4:05.72, less than a second behind the first-place time. Sophomore Joseph Ruggiero (Manchester, Conn.) added a fourth-place time of 15:39.17 in the 5,000-meter run while Mayer impressed with a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.82, just .56 seconds behind the winning time.
Head Coach George Suitor was excited with how the day turned out. "Having not run a meet in 9 years we were very happy to have everyone here at Trinity, and we're happy with how the day went. We got a lot of compliments about our facility and about our meet. It was great to see the alumni and parents as well!"
Trinity returns to action next weekend for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships, hosted by the Bowdoin College Polar Bears