Running in the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton against mainly Division I athletes, Bryan Marsh '13 (photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) used the opportunity to break Wesleyan's 18-year-old 10k track record with a 30:23.31 clocking, placing 13th in the race. Wesleyan's previous record, set by All-American Joe Mahoney in 1995, was 30:32.62. Skyler Cummins '13 joined Marsh in the race and had a solid time of 31:05.31. Marsh's time puts him among the top-1o nationally in the 10k at this point of the season in hopes of qualifying for the NCAAs. Thus far in 2012-13, Marsh has earned cross country All-America honors and qualified for the NCAA indoor championships in the 5k.
Most of the track team traveled to AIC for the Yellow Jacket Invitational where Wesleyan placed eighth of 18 teams, half a dozen of which were Div. I or II squads. Two Cardinals had third-place effort in field events as Will Sawyer '16 took third in the pole vault (13-5 1/4) and Agbon Edomwonyi '16 got third in the shot put (45-6 1/4). Austin Cotant '13 and Shane Bernard '14 were fifth-place finishers, Cotant in the 1500m and Bernard in the triple jump. Taylor Titcomb '15 was seventh in the 5k and Sam Roth '13 secured eighth place in the 1500m. Wesleyan also had a pair of relays pick up points as the 4x100m squad got third-place points and the 4x400m quartet got sixth-place points.
The team made another trip to central Massachusetts for the Minuteman Invitational Sat., April 13. In a field attended by five Division I teams, Wesleyan had one place-taking performance as Sawyer took seventh in the pole vault, clearing 13-9 1/4, just 2-1/2 shy of the school standard.
The Cardinals venture to Williams for the annual Little Three meet Sat., April 20.