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Men’s Track & Field Finishes Eighth at Branwen Smith-King Invitational

Danny Aschale

MEDFORD, Mass. – Sophomore Danny Aschale (Cambridge, Mass.) posted one of the nation's fastest times in the 5,000-meter run to help lead the Connecticut College men's indoor track & field team to an eighth-place finish among 16 schools at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational hosted by Tufts on Saturday afternoon.

Stonehill won the meet by registering 147 points, which was 28 points better than runner-up Tufts (119). MIT (85.50), Amherst (76), Worcester State (63), Plymouth State (45.50), Wesleyan (36), Connecticut College (35), Wentworth (27) and Assumption (18) completed the top 10 teams in the standings.

Aschale posted a runner-up time of 14:39.69 in the 5,000 to headline a list of strong performances overall by the Camels on the track. The mark ranks fourth in the country among Division III competitors this winter and moves him into second in the program annals. Junior Scott Mason (Wyndmoor, Pa.) was almost equally as impressive, as he finished the same event with a third-place time of 14:50.56 to leap to third on the school's all-time list. Both student-athletes qualified for the New England Division III Championships later this winter.

Other notable performances were made by senior Connor Trapp (Wilmette, Ill.) and junior Jonathan Handy (Hingham, Mass.). Trapp qualified for the New England Division III Championships by finishing second in the 800 in 1:58.19, while Handy notched a personal-best toss which sailed 39-feet, 11.25-inches in the weight throw.

Connecticut College will send competitors back to Tufts for the Cupid Challenge next weekend.

Team Standings

1. Stonehill 147; 2. Tufts 119; 3. MIT 85.50; 4. Amherst 76; 5. Worcester State 63; 6. Plymouth State 45.50; 7. Wesleyan 36; 8. Connecticut College 35; 9. Wentworth 27; 10. Assumption 18; 11. Brandeis 17.50; 12. Fitchburg State 14.50; 13. Keene State 7; 14. Regis 6.