LANCASTER, Pa. – The Ursinus College men's track and field team compiled four medals, including a gold on the last race of the weeknd, and another school record on the last day of the Centennial Conference championship at Franklin & Marshall, staying well within range of finishing as high as second the whole way before ultimately settling for fifth.
The Bears accumulated a total of 86.5 team points, landing only 3.5 points behind Dickinson and 7.5 back of Swarthmore in third.
The meet ended on the highest of notes for Ursinus as freshman Tyler Reilly, freshman Bradley Duncan-Taylor, freshman Logan Yoquinto, and junior Andre Kelly won the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:26.05, more than a second and a half clear of the rest of the field. The quartet became the third 4x400 unit in team history to win CC indoor gold and the first since 2015.
The 4x400 victory marked the second relay gold of the championship for Duncan-Taylor, Kelly, and Reilly, who also won the 4x200-meter relay on Saturday. It's the first time in program history that the Bears have captured multiple relay golds at the indoor meet.
Reilly put on a remarkable display on the second and final day of the championship, earning two of the team's four medals. The rookie gave Ursinus a massive lift in the 200-meter dash, earning silver with a runner-up finish to give the Bears an 8-point haul thanks to a personal-best 23.11. Fellow rookie Octavious Carter had the second-fastest time of the race at 22.99 seconds, but was assessed a lane violation and forced to forfeit what appeared to be a silver medal.
The 400-meter dash was especially fruitful for the Bears, who accounted for three of the top six finishers. Kelly, who finished fifth a year ago, earned bronze with a run of 51.70 for his first career individual medal at the conference indoor meet; he has moved up two spots each year in the 400, from seventh as a rookie to fifth as a sophomore and now onto the podium.
Freshman Zachary Crebbin achieved his first conference medal with a big PR in the high jump, where his mark of 6-4.75 (1.95 meters) was good for bronze. That was the highest clearance for the top four finishers, but Swarthmore's Daniel Belkin cleared each of the first three attempts on his first effort, while runner-up Justin Canedy of Johns Hopkins had a miss at 1.90 meters and Crebbin failed to clear 1.95 on his first try.
Duncan-Taylor took fifth in the 400 and junior Austin Bittenbender netted a new personal best with a 52.26 to land in sixth.
Junior Hames McDaid turned on the jets down the stretch of the mile, heading into the final lap in eighth before closing in 28 seconds to jet past four other competitors and place fourth. The junior's time of 4:24.04 also reset his own indoor program record.
Sophomore Griffin McMann and freshman Nick Galbraith gave the Bears a pair of place-winners in the shot put. McMann was fourth with a toss of 47-3, while Galbraith – yesterday's weight throw champion – logged a new personal best by over two feet with a 40-5.50 to finish fifth.
Sophomore Zack Beavers matched yesterday's personal best with a 9.33 to snag eighth place in the 60-meter hurdles. Bittenbender matched that placement in the long jump (20-2.50).
Junior Brody Johnson wound up seventh in the heptathlon with a total of 3,031 points.