|Stefan Duvivier cleared 6'11" in the high jump today|
WILLIAMSTOWN – The Tufts University men's outdoor track & field team broke four school records today while placing second at the New England Division III Championships hosted by Williams College on Saturday.
Sophomore Anthony Kardonsky set a pair of school records while winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and was also part of the Jumbo 4x100-meter relay that also won and set a new Tufts mark. Junior Stefan Duvivier won the high jump and beat the previous Tufts record by over three inches.
Head coach Joel Williams' Jumbos totalled 96 team points, behind only New England DIII champion MIT (123 points).
The Jumbos scored 17 points in the 100 meter dash with three finalists. Two Jumbos ran school-record times with Kardonsky placing second in 10.77 (new school record) and senior Blake Coolidge running fourth (10.79). Both times eclipsed Coolidge's 10.81 previous school mark from earlier this season. Freshman Robert Jones also scored fifth today with a 10.88 time.
Later in the 200 meters, Kardonsky won with a 21.71 time that erased Graham Beutler's 21.80 in 2013 from the Jumbo record-book. Kardonsky's time in the 200 is ranked 27th nationally and the 100 mark is #28.
Duvivier, who had an indoor best of 6'10 ¾" (2.10m) this season, topped that today with his 6'11" win. Justin Lewis, the second-place finisher from Worcester State University, was well behind at 6'7" (2.01m). The previous Tufts record was 6'7 ½" (2.02m) held by Mike Blair (2013), Jeremy Arak (2007) and James Bradley (2007). Duvivier is now ranked second nationally behind Louisiana College's James Willingham, who cleared 7'0 ½" (2.15m).
Jumbo sophomore Josh Etkind tied his school record in the 110-meter hurdles while winning for the second straight week in a championship meet. After taking the 110 hurdles title at NESCAC's last Saturday, he won the NED3 crown in the event today with a time of 14.46 seconds. The time matches his season-best, which is tied for the #6 national ranking as of Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Henry Hintermeister also scored in the 110 hurdles with a 15.35 time for fifth place.
Likewise, junior Andrew DiMaiti has won the 400-meter hurdles in back-to-back championships. The conference champion last week, his 52.54 today led 15 points scored by the Jumbos in the event. Senior Nick Usoff placed fourth with a season-best 54.39 time.
The Jumbo 4x100-meter relay won the New England DIII title with a school-record time of 41.43 seconds. That is the 10th-best time in DIII this season and erased a 41.69 set last season as the Tufts record. The old mark was set by Peter Clark, Bryson Hoover Hankerson, Tommy Miller and Anthony Kardonsky. The line-up for today's NED3 champion and school-record 4x1 was sophomore Brandon Levenstein, Kardonsky, Miller and Jones.
The Tufts 4x1 broke the facility record (41.62 by Williams) as well as the meet record (41.51 by Springfield). Jumbos also set new facility records in the 110h, 400h and high jump.
Sophomores Christian Swenson and Hintermeister delivered a pair of strong performances. Swenson had a third-place showing in the 1,500 meters with a 3:53.91 time, a PR by better than three seconds and a top 25 national mark. Hintermeister's 197'5" (60.18m) in the javelin throw is the 15th best mark in the country. It improved upon his previous season-best of 193'4" (58.92m) and was just five inches short of the Tufts 197'11" school record.
The Jumbos also picked up points in the shot put, 400 meters and 800 meters. Freshman Kevin Quisumbing placed eighth in the shot at 47'6 ¼" (14.48m). DiMaiti timed 49.17 seconds in the 400 also for eighth place. Sophomore Hiroto Watanabe grabbed an eighth-place point in the 800 with a 1:54.37 finish.
In the relays that closed today's action, the Jumbos were sixth in the 4x800-meter relay (7:58.54) and fourth (3:19.23) in the 4x400-meter relay. Tufts' 4x8 foursome was Swenson, junior Sam Little, freshman Roman Lovell and Watanabe. The 4x4 lined up with Usoff, DiMaiti, freshman Billy Witrock and sophomore Thomas Doyle.
Tufts will return to Williams College next weekend for the Open New England Championships featuring teams from Division I, II and III.