Men's Track Opens Outdoor Season with a Team Win and Nine Event Wins
ORLANDO (3/22/14) - The Princeton men’s track & field won the Walt Disney World Track & Field Open at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex this weekend, March 21-22. It marked the first competition of the outdoor season for the Tigers who spent the spring break week training in the Sunshine State.
Out of 16 teams competing, the Tigers took top honors with 217 points, while Wisconsin was second with 106.
Victories went to: junior Jake Taylor (weight throw), junior Scott Rushton (shot put), senior Tom Hopkins (200), sophomore Greg Caldwell (110 hurdles), sophomore Luke Brahm (800), freshman William Paulson (1500), senior Tyler Udland (5k), junior Eddie Owens (steeplechase) and the 4x100 relay.
Taylor won the hammer on his first throw of the season, launching the hammer to 52.08 (170-10). Freshman Vic Youn was fourth at 45.88 (150-06) while also taking eighth in the discus.
Rushton won the shot put at 16.47 (54-00.50) on his third attempt. His final throw of 16.33 would have won him the event as well. Freshman Jared Bell was third at 16.23 (53-3).
In the other throws, senior Brad Pelisek was second in the javelin at 57.97 (190-02) while freshman Chris Cook was third in the discus at 51.03 (167-05).
The top seven in the long jump was dominated by Princeton and unattached competitors. The Tigers went 2-4-7 with the unattached athletes filling the other slots. Hopkins was second at 7.37 (24-2.25) on his final jump. He had two previous jumps of 7.33 that would have placed him second as well. Sophomore Jake Scinto was fourth at 6.87 (22-6.50) and sophomore Bryan Oslin was seventh at 6.40 (21-0).
On the other side of the field, senior Omar Jarrett was the runner-up in the high jump as he cleared 2.03 (6-8) on his first attempt. Freshman Xavier Bledsoe was fourth at 1.98 (6-6).
In the pole vault, freshman Ben Gaylord was third clearing 4.75 (15-7) on his second attempt.
On the track, Hopkins won the 200 after his second-place finish in the long jump. He clocked a 21.76. in the final. Freshman Ray Mennin was sixth at 22.08. Three Tigers made the final out of the 44 preliminary competitors. Senior Daniel McCord qualified but did not compete in the final. Instead he focused on the 100, where he made the eight-person final, out of 51, and finished in fifth place at 10.99.
Caldwell won the short hurdles with a time of 14.71, with Oslin seventh at 16.50. In the long hurdles, freshman Greg Leeper and sophomore Jordan Myers went 3-4 at 55.16 and 55.50, respectively.
The 4x100 relay of junior Tommaso Greenbaum, freshmen Brent Albertson, McCord and Hopkins clocked a 41.51 for a win.
As the distances grew, so did the wins.
The Tigers went 1-2-3 in the 800, with Brahm winning with a time of 1:53.52. Sophomore Jamie Fehrnstrom followed at 1:55.84 and then junior Sam Pons at 1:56.86.
One through five was all Princeton in the 1500. Paulson claimed the win at 3:55.00 followed by senior Alejandro Arroyo Yamin at 3:56.03, junior Bradley Paternostro at 3:56.80, senior George Galasso at 3:58.20 and junior Mike Mazzaccaro at 4:04.05.
Seniors Tyler Udland and Chris Bendtsen went 1-2 in the 5k, as the only two to run under 15 minutes. Udland posted a 14:30.67 while Bendtsen ran 14:54.68
In the first steeplechase of the season, junior Eddie Owens got the win at 9:26.70.
Princeton hosts its next three meets of the season, beginning with the Sam Howell Invitational on April 4-5.