ECAC Championships

At the New Balance Armory, NYC March 6-7th

Team Score - 1st with 42 Points

Full Results

1000 Romey Sklar
Mile Kevin  Connors
800 Brent Harrison
3000 Mo  Hussein
5000 Craig Nelson
5000 Raymond Meijer
1000 Kevin  Connors
Mile Jeff Seelaus
3000 Craig  Nelson
LJ Mark  Cort
DMR 3:04.6 Connors
51.0 Codola
1:55.6 Butko
4:18.7 Seelaus
4x4 51.5 Sandel
51.2 Norton
51.1 Codola
51.4 Ingraham 
4x8  2:07.9 Fajnzylber
1:59.3 Seelaus
1:59.1 Lebovitz
1:57.6 Butko




Meet Recap:

Performers of the Meet - Brent Harrison and Kevin Connors

The guys headed to the Big Apple to compete at the 2 day ECAC Championships held at the New Balance Armory, and left the big city with the Championship Trophy! Amassing a 2 day total of 42 points, the men were able to grab the title by a mere 1/2 point on the strength of some solid performances across the board including a runner-up finish and a handful of 3rd places. Romey had the highest placing as he took control of the 1000m early, and looked as though he might be able to grab the lone win but a strong final push by a Bowdoin runner denied him the victory, but he finished with a 2:29 and a 2nd place finish. Third place seemed to be the place for the team as we finished their 5 times over the course of the weekend. On Friday night, the first event to go for us was the 5000 and both Craig and Raymond toed the line and did a great job of keeping themselves right in the thick of things throughout the race, and as they got the last 1000, the race started to string out a little bit with Craig holding on to 3rd place in a 15:01 with ray kicking hard in the last stretch to grab a 5th place finish in 15:09. The Distance Medley Relay would go next, and a strong opening leg by Kevin in 3:04 got Nick the baton in 2nd place, and Nick would carry the stick in 51 seconds, handing off to Chris in 3rd place with some gaps to the 1st and 2nd place teams. After a strong 1:55.6 carry, we got the baton right with the 2nd place team from NYU, and Jeff would shadow him throughout most of the race, coming home in a 4:18 carry to help the team get a 3rd place finish. Mark Cort was the only competitor in the field events, and jumped a 6.26m on his 3rd attempt after a couple of big fouls on his first 2 jumps and ended up placing 34th in the competition. The first running event on Saturday was the mile, and Jeff competed in the first of 2 sections and was in the mix of things early before falling off the pace in the last couple of laps. IN the seeded section, Kevin Connors was right up at the front, taking the pack through the opening 400 in 61 seconds and the 800 in 2:06 before being passed after the half, before jumping back on the lead at the 1200 mark and pushing towards the finish en route to a 3rd place finish in 4:16. IN the unseeded section of the 800, Brent got out very well, sitting on the shoulder of the leader through the first 400 in a rather tame 56.7 then jumped to the lead and did not look back as he won his heat convincingly in a PR time of 153.75, even splitting the race and after the 2nd section was run and times were sorted, he finished with the bronze. Up next, in the 1000m, Romey and Kevin went at it and Kevin would finish just out of the scoring mix but finished his indoor season with a PR, just dipping under 2:32 despite his 3rd race in less then 20 hours. The 3000 was run in 2 sections, with both Mohamed and Craig running in the seeded section. Despite being the seeded race, the pace was pretty slow and controlled as no one wanted to carry the load, and after going through in the mile in 4:41 and the 2k in 5:50 - about 7 seconds slower then what the guys had done in the early section - Mo stepped into the lead, and tried to turn things up a little bit but was not able to get away from the whole field and finished in 3rd place with an 8:36 while Craig - certainly tired from the 5k the night before - finished with an 8:48. The 4x400 relay of Jamie, Duncan, Nick and David all split about the same exact times - all going low 51 seconds - to finish in a 3:25 and grabbing 15th. The days last event was the 4x800, and heading into the race, we held a very slim 1/2 point lead over one team, and several others in contention were in the race. Jesse led off, and unfortunately, a nagging quad from Thursday would flare up and take him and us out of contention, despite some solid efforts from Jeff, Lucas and Chris to try and make up some of the difference, as they went pretty hard through the first 400's and suffered in their final laps as all three would go well under 2:00 to help us finish in 8:04 but out of the scoring. It seemed like the title would elude us but in some weird turn of fate, the scant 1/2 point lead we had going into the day's final event would hold up, and the 42 points we earned were just enough to finish on top. It was not the greatest of days individually but it seemed that every race, we in the mix of things and making things happen, and they were able to do just enough to bring home the ECAC banner and trophy to Amherst! Now the DMR, Greg in the 3k and Mo in the 5k will head to the NCAA on North Carolina this weekend to put an awesome finish to a very strong Indoor Campaign!