2013 USATF New England Championships
At Harvard, February 17th, 2013
Performers of the Meet -Steve Hetterich, Nick Codola and Greg Turissini
The men traveled to Harvard Sunday to compete at the USATF New England Championships rather than the traditional DIII New England Championships because of the desire to give the entire team an additional opportunity to compete, as last week's snow storm caused the cancellation of the final invitational meet before the championships started. While it was winter Storm Nemo last week, this week may have been Winter Sickness Nemo as a number of the team were either recovering from the cold / flu or battling it on meet day. Matt Melton grabbed the lone victory on the day in the 800, as he patiently let the race unfold, sitting on the shoulder of the leader until the final 100m before launching into kick mode and running away with the win in a time of 1:52.26 - one of the country's fastest time of the year for DIII (before they impart their banked track conversion). In the same event but the next section, Romey Sklar powered away in the last lap to grab the section win in 1:57 while Nick Codola had a great race with his 1:58 to finish 3rd in the heat, and a couple of sections later, Scott Gemmel-Davis ran his best time of the season after leading his heat for the majority of the race. Patrick Grimes, battling cold symptoms, hung on well enough to grab 4th place in the mile with his best time of the season, as he ran to a 4:13.18 and looks to be returning to the form that got him to nationals last year. Dan Crowley raced to a new PR os 4:21.69 in the same race as he finished 12th overall. Greg Turissini blasted his PR in the 3k by a big margin as he hit the mile in 4:32 and never slowed down as he grabbed 5th overall in running 8:29 while in the very next section, classmate, KC Fussell would earn runner-up spot and a new PR of 8:42 with captain Dillon Buckley getting under 8:50 and breaking his PR form last year. Andrew Erskine did some early leading in the 5k and would eventually finish 4th, charging back in a 14:54 with a hard closing last 200m. Steve Hetterich grabbed a 6th place finish in the triple jump as he got out over 41 feet in the first round, and while his final round were foot fouls, he was consistently beyond that mark in each of his jumps as he continues to make some big improvements. Ralph Washington and Persie Gijima waged an epic battle in the 200m, with Ralph coming out on to by .01 as they ran 23.77 and 23.78 but Persie would have the upper hand in the 60m where he finished 8th with a new PR of 7.32. The DMR was the final event of the day, and the team of Romey, Nick, Matt and Grimey finished in 2nd with a time of 10:36.16. For some, the indoor season has come to a close while others will gear up for the NEICAAA Championships this weekend and look to continue to drop times.