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Men’s Indoor Track Takes Fifth at Utica Holiday Classic

Men’s Indoor Track Takes Fifth at Utica Holiday Classic

UTICA, N.Y. – The Union College men’s indoor track & field team set one program record and scored in all but three running events as the Dutchmen ended 2021 on a good note by taking fifth place at the Utica Holiday Classic on Saturday at Hutton Sports and Recreation Center.
 
The Dutchmen finished the day with 49 points, just ahead of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (40.5 points) and a few points behind SUNY Delhi (57 points). SUNY Brockport took first place at the meet with 145 points.
 
The one school record fell thanks to junior Aiden Rowley, who shattered the school record in the 600 meters by finishing in 1:26.88 to place fourth overall and best the previous mark set in 2015 by nearly two seconds.
 
Union’s best event of the day came in the 300 meters, with senior Andrew Fox and sophomore Ryan Hilliard combining to take the top-two spots and secure 14 points. Fox took top honors by finishing in 36.07 seconds, with Hillard finishing second in the heat and overall with a time of 37.43 seconds.
 
Sophomore Charlie Alekson led six Dutchmen in the first event of the day, finishing the 5,000 meters in 16:54.91 to place fifth overall. He moved up two spots in the final 200 meters thanks to a blistering last lap of 32.03 seconds – the fastest lap of any competitor in the field – to gain two extra points for the team.
 
First-year Sam Ahern posted a pair of top-eight finishes on the day for Union. He ran the 200 meters in 22.85 seconds to place fifth, while he also won his heat in the 60-meter prelims with a time of 7.15 to earn a spot in the finals, where he clocked another 7.15 to take seventh place overall.
 
First-year Liam Beck reached the finals of the 60-meter hurdles by clocking in at 9.53 seconds in the prelims, then lowered his time by more than two-tenths of a second in the finals to grab seventh place in 9.30 seconds, just six-hundredths of a second off the school record. Classmate Ben Neff made a move over the final four laps to win his heat of the mile and take seventh overall by crossing the line in 4:37.32, while fellow first-year Alan Daniel also grabbed a top-10 finish in the mile, taking fourth in his heat with a time of 4:38.57.
 
Six more points came Union’s way in the 4×400 relay, as Hilliard, Rowley, Fox and first-year Kyle Collins finished in a combined 3:34.99 to finish fourth.
 
In the field events, Hilliard was the team’s top performer with a sixth-place finish in the triple jump, leaping 12.47 meters (40-11) on his second attempt.
 
Union will return to action after the New Year, when the team travels to Staten Island for the Wagner Invitational on January 7.