LYNCHBURG, Va. – Brad Krell's victory in the 400-meter dash led Franklin & Marshall on Saturday at the Dr. Jack M. Toms Open, hosted by Lynchburg College. The event, F&M's first of the spring season, did not count team scores.
Krell broke the tape in 51.50 to win the 400 by more than a second. George Pekeshe was the next Diplomat to cross the line, taking sixth with a time of 55.62.
Ryan Kozloski posted a pair of second-place finishes to lead F&M in the field events. In the javelin, the only event contested on Friday, his toss of 50.61 meters earned him silver. On Saturday, he again finished as runner-up, springing 12.09 meters in the triple jump. Tihomir Nedyalkov finished third with a leap of 11.08 meters while Jabari Benjamin took fourth in the event at 10.58 meters.
Michael Hoffman also reached the podium twice, breaching the top three in both hurdle events. Hoffman's time of 59.21 in the 400-meter hurdles was good for second, and he took third in the 110-meter hurdles after crossing the line in 15.71.
A strong contingent of Diplomats in the 5000-meter run saw F&M fill third, fourth and sixth place. Michael Whalen led the charge, taking bronze in 16:12.32. Patrick Manion was close behind in fourth (16:18.43), while Bryce Williams finished sixth (16:37.81).
The Diplomats return to action in two weeks, competing in the Little Three Meet on April 2 at Gettysburg.