HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford senior Greg Morgan was the top Division III finisher in a 53-entrant Mike Brady 1,500-meter elite race at the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton Saturday night, finishing second in his heat and 13th overall with a time of 3:48.10. Morgan's time just narrowly missed his personal best, and is currently the fastest time in Division III so far this season, with weekend results still rolling in from meets taking place across the nation.
Senior Graham Peet also competed at Princeton, taking third in the first heat of the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:33.78. The time was a new career best for Peet, as he finished behind just two Division I runners from Army and Brown. Sean McAney of SUNY Geneseo was the only other Division III finisher in the top 10, finishing sixth in 14:38.13. Senior Ryan Herlihy also posted an impressive time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Herlihy finished third in his heat, and in 12th overall, crossing in 9:14.11 for a new career best. Herlihy shaved nearly 13 seconds off his previous personal-best time from the Bill Butler Invitational at West Chester two weeks ago.
At Widener, Haverford got a sixth-place finish from Conor Madden, as the junior posted a personal-best time of 15:01.69 in the 5,000 meters. Sophomore Jack Hunter finished 15th in a career-best time of 15:15.85, while junior David Watt crossed in 24th overall, finishing in a career-best time of 15:20.43, more than 12 seconds better than his previous best collegiate time. First-year Peter Buckley also finished within the Top 25 entrants with a time of 15:23.73 in his outdoor 5,000-meter debut.
A large contingent of 1,500-meter runners at the Widener meet was highlighted by junior James Barker, as Barker finished in 4:01.58. Junior Hiroshi Kawakatsu was 13th in a career-best 4:02.22, while first-year Jeffrey Allen (4:13.34) and sophomore Simon Perales (4:13.45) were 48th, and 50th, respectively. Senior Chris Goings was 12th in the 800 meters, missing a personal-best time by just a tenth of a second (1:56), while senior captain Ian Woodhouse crossed in 38th (2:00.02).
In the sprints, senior Kofi Acheampong finished 38th in the 100 meters, crossing in a time of 11.74. Senior Liam Lynch was Haverford's top entrant in the 400 meters, finishing in 11th with a time of 50.45, while senior Oscar Huang crossed in 20th, recording a career-best time of 51.31. The Haverford 4x100 meter relay squad of senior Greg Van Aken, Huang, Lynch, and Acheampong finished 10th overall with a time of 44.18, narrowly missing a spot on Haverford's top 10 performances list.
In field events, senior Rohan Shukla scored for the Fords with a mark of 12.9 meters in the triple jump, a new career best. Junior Andrew Lummus nearly cracked the top 10, finishing 11th with a mark of 12.24 meters. Senior Zach Oji was 15th, clearing 11.42 meters.
In the long jump, Shukla led the Haverford contingent with a mark of 5.65 meters, good for 28th. Sophomore Silvan Sooksatan was 33rd (5.36m), while senior Chris Glazer was 35th (5.17m). Van Aken was 16th in the pole vault, clearing 2.85 meters.
Men's Track & Field will now ramp up preparations for the Centennial Conference Championships with the Haverford Invitational, the lone home meet of the outdoor slate, on tap for Monday afternoon. Events are slated to begin at 4 p.m. Herlihy, Morgan, and Peet head to the Penn Relays Thursday for distance night action. Peet hits the track at Franklin Field first for the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 7:30 p.m.