Mustangs Win Program's First ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championship

Mustangs Win Program's First ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championship

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A week after winning its first MAC Championship in program history, the Stevenson men's indoor track and field team continued its historic season with its first-ever ECAC Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship title. The Mustangs finished the meet with 86 points (school record at ECAC's), which was 16 better than second-place Salisbury and 18 better than MAC opponent Misericordia.

Freshman Sean Dodson broke his previous school record and took first overall in the 500m dash with a time of 1:06.21. 

Junior Langston Gash won the mile with a time of 4:18.23, while junior Sam Mercoli took eighth in the event with a 4:28.62. 

The Mustangs also took home first overall in the 4x400m relay. Juniors Vladhimir Theophile, Matt Riggins, Kendall Belser and sophomore Iddriss Iddriss clocked a combined time of 3:21.88 to win the event. 

Sophomore Patrick Watson picked up a second-place finish for Stevenson after clocking a personal-best time of 8:43.00 in the 3000 meter run. In the 800, Iddriss ran a 1:57.64 to take fifth overall in the event.

Freshman Ritchie Case just missed breaking his own school record (4438) in the heptathlon with 4404 points, which gave him second overall. On the second day of the event, Case ran a personal-best time of 2:53.36 in the 1000m run, giving him second place. Case also took fourth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.27.

Belser picked up third place and six points for the Mustangs after clocking a solid time of 22.36 in the 200m dash, while Riggins and sophomore Aaron Holliday took fourth and sixth in the 60m dash finals with times of 7.08 and 7.17.

Freshman Clement Onyebadi took eighth in the high jump with a personal-best leap of 1.90 meters.

Dodson, sophomore Nikita Kulick, junior Anthony Mercoli and junior Brett Olin combined to place third in the 4x800m relay with a combined time of 8:13.26.

In addition to winning its first MAC and ECAC indoor championships, Stevenson currently has at least one top-10 Mideast region performance in 11 events this season (14 in the top-15), including first overall in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:20.14.