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Morgan's Stellar Mile Highlights McElligott Invitational for Men's Track & Field

Greg Morgan
Greg Morgan

HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Haverford College men's indoor track & field team won two events, good for a third place finish at the Seamus McElligott Invitational on Saturday afternoon inside the Alumni Field House. Senior Greg Morgan shined for Haverford, posting a time of 4:10.36 in the mile, a new-career best. The time converts to a 4:07.21 for NCAA qualifying purposes, giving Morgan the fastest Division III time this year by almost three seconds. The time was also the ninth-best individual mark in Haverford program history. Morgan had previously established the best 3,000 meter time in the nation just two weeks ago. Morgan was named Haverford's top performer at the annual late January meet, which is named in honor of Haverford's six-time national champion.

In addition to Morgan's stellar time, the Fords had a bevy of scoring finishers in the mile. First year Jamie Moreland followed Morgan with a career-best time of 4:19.33. The mark converts to a 4:16.07 for NCAA qualifying purposes, the top mark by a first year student-athlete so far this season. Senior Graham Peet was fourth overall in 4:32.99 while seniors Ryan Herlihy (career-best 4:25.30), Chris Goings (4:26.33), and Ian Woodhouse (career-best 4:30.68), were sixth, seventh, and 10th, respectively. 

Haverford's other event victory came in the 60-meter dash as senior Kofi Acheampong continued his rise up the Haverford record books in the sprint. Acheampong won the event in a career-best time of 7.27. The mark is the fourth-best in Haverford program history. Oscar Huang finished third for the Fords in the event with a time of 7.53. Acheampong also posted a third-place finish in the 200 meter dash, running a career-best 23.83. Huang followed with a career-best 24.53 good for eighth.

James Barker made his indoor 800 meters debut, crossing in fifth-place with a time of 2:03.40. Nico Tripeny followed with his debut at the distance, crossing in sixth (2:03.68).

The 3,000 meters also saw a drove of Haverford scorers, with Peter Buckley leading the way with a time of 8:57.86. Conor Madden followed in fourth (personal-best 9:01.65) while Jack Hunter was sixth (9:03.98). Max Brelig (9:07.30) and Matt Katz (9:11.37) finished in seventh and ninth, respectively, rounding out the Haverford scorers in that event.

Zach Oji scored for the Fords in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing third with a time of 10.80. The 4x400 meter relay squad of Hiroshi Kawakatsu, Chris Goings, Jamie Moreland, and Ian Woodhouse finished third, crossing in 3:36.54.

In field events, Chris Glazer notched a fourth-place finish in the high jump, clearing 1.65 meters (5'-5"). The long jump saw Rohan Shukla led the Haverford contingent with a fifth-place showing, clearing a career-best 5.83 meters (19'-1.5"). Silvan Sooksatan finished seventh with a jump of 5.68 meters (18'-6.5"), while Glazer was eighth with a jump of 5.65 meters (18'-6.5").

Shukla also scored in the triple jump, finishing second by clearing 12.05 meters (39'-6.5"), while Oji finished third with a jump of 11.86 meters (38' 11").

In addition to Haverford's success on Saturday, Cameron Albrecht won the Heptathalon at the Widener Jumps and Throws Meet on Thursday and Friday, finishing with a career-best total of 2531 points in the multi-event gauntlet. Albrecht won the shot put, high jump, and 55-meter hurdles while finishing second in the 55-meter dash, long jump, 1000 meters, and pole vault, to claim victory by over 350 points. 

The Fords will next return to action with a split schedule next weekend. On Saturday, February 2, a group of Fords will head to the Frank Colden Invitational at Ursinus, while another group will compete at the Villanova Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Complex on Staten Island.