TROY, NY -- On day two of the ECAC Division III track and field championships, the Ephs added thirteen points across three events to their day one total. This left Williams in eighth place with 28 points, well back of reigning NESCAC champion Bates, who won the meet with 61 points. The sunny weather that reached into the 70s was close to perfect conditions for sprinting, although some of the heats did experience headwinds. Ultimately, despite strong showings from several team members, Williams was unable to add any National qualifiers during the Friday portion of the meet.
Junior Chris Fogler, who had led the decathlon after one day of competition, held on for third in the final standings. His total score of 5875 was higher than any total he had posted in previous seasons, but short of his current season-best of 6067 points.
Freshman Laye Samoura had earned a spot in the final for the 110 meter high hurdles by winning his heat on Thursday. In the finals, he improved his time from the day before, this time placing fourth in 15.13 seconds.
Junior Jabulani Blyden returned from having run the 4x400 on Thursday to run the 400 hurdles on Friday. Running in the fast section, he crossed the line in fifth for his heat. He was displaced by two runners in another heat, thus coming away with a seventh place finish. His time of 54.07 was just off his season-best of 54.04.
The only meet that remains for the Williams men is the Division III National Championship, which is slotted for next weekend. The meet, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, will take place in Claremont, California. The official list of National qualifiers will become available early next week.