BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Senior Steve Thompson, freshman Stephen McClellan, junior Dylan Eddinger, and junior Will Sponaugle won the Distance Medley Relay to lead a pair of IC4A-qualifying DMRs as the Saint Joseph’s men’s track and field squad placed third in a field of four squads at the Angry Birds Challenge, held at Lehigh University’s Rauch Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks accumulated 74 points, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson (51 points) and finishing behind meet champion Monmouth (198) and runner-up Lehigh (155).
SJU’s DMR of Thompson (3:09.4), McClellan (51.5), Eddinger (1:59.9), and Sponaugle (4:24.7) cruised to the title in a field of 7 groups in 10:25.86 to earn nine points for the Crimson and Gray. That group earned the victory over sophomore John Walker (3:10.6), sophomore Aaron Lemma (51.1), freshman Matthew Scarpill (2:00.4), and senior David Dorsey (4:24.5) who crossed in 10:26.93.
After being converted, both times met the IC4A qualification in the event.
Junior John Podles earned a second-place finish in a 5000m field of seven, registering a collegiate-best time of 15:14.11 for seven points for the Crimson and Gray. Podles crushed his previous indoor 5k PR by over 27 seconds.
The Hawks earned double-digit points out of their 400m runners, 800m runners, and milers, as the three groups combined for 32 points. Sophomore Aaron Lemma (season-best 51.65) and senior Dan Ferraiolo (51.68 PR, first collegiate 400m) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 400m field of 14 to earn 11 points, senior miler Collin Crilly (4:24.77, season debut) and sophomore miler John Walker (4:26.81) finished third and fourth, respectively, in a field of 23 to earn 11 points, and Eddinger (1:57.10) and Sponaugle (1:59.51 PR, first collegiate 800m) went third and fifth in the 800m to take home 10 points.
Also of note out of these events, junior Tommy Higley went fifth in the mile (4:27.20), while the Hawks put four in the top six of the 400m, with senior Barren McCoy (52.13) and McClellan (52.22 PR) placing fifth and sixth, respectively.
Freshman Phillip Dwyer turned in SJU’s top performances in the jumps, going for 5’ 8 3/4” (1.75m) in the high jump for seventh and 20’ 3 3/4” (6.19m PR) in the long jump for 10th to total seven points.
Additionally, a pair of Hawks advanced out of the preliminaries of the 60m as sophomore David Bryant (7.15 PR) and freshman Vincent Giordano (7.23 PR) placed sixth and eighth, respectively, for eight points in the finals.
Saint Joseph's returns to action at the Penn 8-Team Select next Saturday, January 20. The meet will be held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. and is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.