Men’s Track & Field Ties for Sixth at Silfen Invitational

Mike D'Onofrio

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Danny Aschale (Cambridge, Mass.) won the 5,000-meter run and freshman Ben Vazquez (Millington, N.J.) factored into a pair of top-two finishes as the Connecticut College men's track & field team placed sixth at the Silfen Invitational over the weekend. The Camels finished the scoring meet with 57.50 points.

Aschale captured the 5,000-meter run in 14:40.92. His time also ranked 23rd nationally through the end of the weekend.

Individually, Vazquez registered a runner-up time of 3:56.38 in the 1,500-meter run. He also anchored the winning 4x800-meter relay which clocked in at 7:59.45 and also included junior Jacob Bril-Weil (Cambridge, Mass.), classmate Josh Simensky (Falmouth, Maine), and sophomore Spencer Crough (Southampton, N.Y.).

In the field, the Camels were led by freshman Billy Fleurima (Bronx, N.Y.) and senior Mike D'Onofrio (East Haven, Conn.). Fleurima placed third in the high jump by clearing 5-feet, 10.75-inches, and D'Onofio finished fourth in the javelin throw by launching the spear 157-1.

Connecticut College will next compete at the Trinity Invitational on Saturday, Apr. 20 in its final tuneup before the NESCAC Championships.

Final Team Standings (Top 10)

1. WPI 97.50; 2. Middlebury 85.50; 3. New Haven 73; 4. Bowdoin 66; 5. Tufts 59; T-6. Connecticut College 57.50; T-6. Springfield 57.50; 8. Coast Guard 57; 9. Wesleyan 56; 10. Amherst 48.