Friday, May 25, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Members of Triton’s men’s track and field team on the medal stand at the NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. | Submitted
The Triton men’s track and field team finished fourth in a 25-team during the NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held May 10 through May 12 at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y.
“Coming into the season we knew we had a top-five program,” said Triton head coach Mike Olsen in a statement the college released earlier this month. “But we had to put in the work and being successful at the national championships was on our minds throughout the season. We had to make sure the team was peaking at the right time and based on the results, we definitely peaked when we needed to.”
The successful showing started with sophomore Gustavo Alvarez repeating as national champion in the pole vault while freshman Sam Cravatta took third in the event.
During Saturday competition, freshman DeMariye Carpenter anchored the 4 x 100-meter relay which placed second. The team, which also featured Jacques Hayes, Antwane Thigpen and Joseph Hoffman, notched a time of 43.93.
Carpenter would eventually earn individual All-American status, along with the status as the NJCAA’s fastest man, claiming both the 100- and 200-meter dash national championships.
“We knew when DeMariye came to Triton that he was a very special sprinter,” Olsen said. “Going into the meet we weren’t sure what we would get out of him. He had battled some injuries in high school and also early this season. It just seemed that everything came together for him at the national championships.”
To read more about the men’s and women’s track and field teams’ showing at the 2018 national championships here. VFP
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