Men’s athletics finishes third at NESCAC Championships

Dave Filias finished second in the hammer throw.

Middlebury’s men’s athletics team finished in third place at Saturday’s NESCAC Championships. Tufts won the tag team title with 177.5 points, while Williams was a close second with 164 points, followed by the Panthers (91.5 points). The meeting was organized by Hamilton, with the events taking place at the Pritchard Track. The top three and relay teams in each event earned All-NESCAC honors.

Max Clus and David Filias led the Panther men with second-place finishes. Cluss crossed the finish line with a time of 3:52.60 in the 1,500 meters. Filias posted a personal best 156’3″ in the hammer throw, surpassing his previous mark by nearly seven feet.

Peter Hansen, Alexander Kesler and Sam McGarrahan also won All-NESCAC laurels with third-place finishes. Hansen clocked 54.81 in the 400m hurdles, while Kessler crossed the line with a time of 14:45.44 in the 5,000m. McGarrahan cleared the bar in the high jump at a record height of 6’2.75″.

The 4x400m relay team of Alexandre SwannHansen, Colin Breen and Finn Warner stopped the clock with a third-place time of 3:23.12 to earn the all-conference laurels.

The Panthers had a record trio of top-four individuals. Ziggy Godard lowered his collegiate best time by 5.36 seconds in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:34.45. Quinlan McGaugh erased 1.02 seconds from his previous personal best in the 1,500m, crossing the line in 3:54.09. Daniel Brey also scored for Middlebury, posting a 151’0″ hammer distance.

The 4x800m relay team of Will Lavey, Peter Burke, Johnny LaFortune and Cluss earned a fourth-place finish with a combined time of 7:54.73.

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