Devils Break Pair of School Records at Mason-Dixon Invitational

Devils Break Pair of School Records at Mason-Dixon Invitational

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Dickinson men's track and field team broke two school records and had multiple Top-5 finishes at the Mason-Dixon Invitational hosted by Gettysburg College on Saturday afternoon at Musselman Stadium. 

Sprints

Nick Balenzano was barely edged out in the 100m race as his time of 11.11 was just .01 off the mark of Gettysburg's Michael Vigliano (11.10). Matthew Greenley was just outside the Top-10 in 11th at 11.89. Ben Power and Charlie Miske took 15th (12.27) and 16th (12.28) respectively. 

Dickinson had three runners inside the Top-10 of the 200m as Cole Boback finished second in 22.47, while Balenzano came in fourth (22.88) and William O'Connor grabbed tenth (23.56).

Boback continued his strong day by winning the 400m with a time of 49.01. His teammate Ian Gormley clocked in at 52.31 for fourth. The duo of Teddy Mercer and O'Connor claimed 10th (53.48) and 11th (53.69). Luke Sternick seized 13th at 54.26.

Distance

Four DC members finished within the Top-15 of the 800m led by Nolan Meincke in ninth at 2:01.33, followed by Coltin Albitz in 11th (2:05.21). Mercer crossed the line in 2:06.20 for 13th and Chris Lozano posted a mark of 2:08.58 for 15th.

The Red and White took two of the three podium spots in the 1500m with Colin Schweitzer taking second in 4:00.85, while Meincke landed in third (4:01.28). Albitz (8th - 4:12.42), Ethan Katz (12th - 4:26.26), and Lozano (13th - 4:27.33) also completed the event inside the Top-15. 

Relays

Dickinson did double duty in the 4x100m as the unit of Balenzano, Boback, Greenley, and O'Connor not only won the event, but set a new school record with a time of 42.72. It bested the previous mark of 42.83 set in 2000. 

Field

The record-breaking continued during the shot put as Ethan Hart posted a mark of 15.66m to set a new school record eclipsing the previous distance of 15.57m from Anthony Abbate in 2010. Matthew Harvey came in third at 12.81m, followed by Graeson Ruch 12.45m.

Harvey placed second in the hammer with a toss of 41.92m, while Hart claimed sixth 38.84m.

Hart had another strong showing in the discus finishing in second at 41.92m with Harvey taking up sixth (36.75m).

Two Devils finished in the Top-10 of the javelin with Hunter Omerzo landing in eighth (41.70m) and Miske a spot later at 40.88m.

Declan Feeny came in second during the long jump with a leap of 5.94m, while Kieran Santos came in eighth 5.72m.

Team Scores

Dickinson came in third with 140 points. The Falcons of Messiah University won the title on 180 points, barely edging out Susquehanna University at 179. 

Up Next

Dickinson returns to action on Saturday at the Miller Sports Construction Blue Jay Tune-Up hosted by Elizabethtown College.