F&M Edges Gettysburg; Captures Little Three Title

F&M Edges Gettysburg; Captures Little Three Title

CARLISLE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall edged Gettysburg by two points to capture its first Little Three Title since 2005 on Saturday in the men's track & field team's opening spring event. The Diplomats accumulated 136 points, while Gettysburg had 134 and the host school Dickinson notched 122 to finish in third place.

F&M put together several first-place performances throughout the day, beginning with the 4x800 relay. A team of Leo Generali, John Vallachi, Philip Johnson, and Greg Olenginski earned first-place points and broke the previous Little Three record with a time of 8:09.67. Luk Olenginski won the 1500-meter run at 4:05.96, while freshman Michael Hoffman was victorious in the 110-meter hurdles at 15.36.

Evan Friend picked up where he left off in the indoor season, winning the 100-meter dash with ease at 10.98, and G. Olenginski placed first in the 800-meter run, finishing at 2:02.78. Hoffman won his second race of the day when he crossed first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.41, while Friend won 200-meter dash at 22.91 for his second victory of the day. The 4x400 relay squad of Brad Krell, George Pekeshe, Derek Pawlush, and L. Olenginski edged out Gettysburg (3:27.94) with a time of 3:27.67 to win the race. 

Logan Lewis won the shot put with a throw of 44'-9", while Vincent Acosta finished right behind him in second with a distance of 44'-5.1". In the discus throw, Acosta had another second-place finish with a distance of 125'-7.9". Ryan Kozloski had the best throw of the day in the javelin with a distance of 160'-11.1", while Acosta placed third at 142'-7.8". Kozloski also won the triple jump with a distance of 41'-4.1".

In the 3000-meter steeplechase, the Diplomats' Brien Miceli finished second at 10:01.36, followed by Michael Whalen in third with a time of 10:02.05. 

On the day, F&M totaled 11 first-place finishes en route to their first Little Three Meet victory since 2005. 

The Diplomats return to action next Saturday at the Danny Curran Invitational hosted by Widener.