Track Heads to Beantown and Disney

Max Yadin

Four Colgate men’s track and field members represented the team at the IC4A Men’s Championship on Saturday, March 8 in Boston, closing the indoor track and field season. Seniors Thomas Dilworth, Andy Holway, Sean Baumann and sophomore Lyle Tolli all ran in the distance medley relay. Dilworth also competed in the 400-meter dash and Holway ran in the 500-meter dash.

The medley foursome finished with a time of 10:03.33, placing 11th of 27 teams. Tolli, who has had an incredible season, anchored the team. Baumann ran the opening 1,200-meter leg in 3:07, while Dilworth clocked in at 47.4 for the 400-meter portion. Holway ran the half mile in 1:59 and Tolli anchored the race in the mile with a time of 4:08.

Dilworth had an impressive meet, turning out the best performance of his collegiate career. His time of 48.63 was the fastest in Colgate history since 1942, when the 400-meter record to date was set. He finished 20th of 32 runners. Holway ran tough in the 500, but was boxed in early in the race. Towards the end Holway attempted to break away from the pack, but he was unable to cut through the other runners. He finished in 19th place out of 31 runners.

The medley foursome finished with a time of 10:03.33, placing 11th out of 27 teams. Baumann ran the opening 1,200-meter leg in 3:07, while Dilworth clocked in at 47.4 for the 400-meter portion. Holway ran the half mile in 1:59 and Tolli anchored the race in the mile with a time of 4:08.

The Raiders competed in their first meet of the outdoor season over Spring Break by escaping the Hamilton snow globe and heading to Orlando, Florida for the Walt Disney Invitational at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex. Both collegiate and world-class athletes competed in this meet. 800 was the lucky number for the men on this day. Senior Sean Baumann ran a lightning-fast time of 1:52.66 to win the 800m race, which was the quickest outdoor time in that event since 1968. To put that record in perspective, the Beatles were still a band and America was fighting in Vietnam during that year. Baumann also took gold in the 4×800-meter relay with a time of 7:52.52 as part of a team that also featured Tolli, Holway and first-year Ed Boulat. Colgate also took third place in three events. Tolli also took the bronze in the 800-meter race. Dilworth, Holway, Boulat and junior Mike Walden finished with a time of 42.83 in the 4×100-meter relay. Lastly, senior Jeff Tufts, first-year Gus Hobbs, sophomore Phil Natoli and first-year Sheridan finished third in the distance medley relay with a time of 10:39.08.

The men’s track and field team will now participate in a dual meet at Navy on Sundy morning. Colgate is picked to finish fifth this season.