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Strong Showings Highlight Men's Dartmouth Indoor Classic

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By Doug Austin

HANOVER, N.H. - After a week away, the men's track & field team returned to Leverone Field House for Saturday's Dartmouth Indoor Classic. The meet marked the fourth at home in five weeks competition for the Big Green.

The Dartmouth Indoor Classic is a non-scoring meet.

The 60-meter dash saw Dartmouth claim the top three spots as Connor Reilly (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Brett Buskey (Blackstone, Mass.) and Tyrone DeSpenza (New Orleans, La.) finished first through third, respectively. Reilly earned the top spot with a sub-seven-second time of 6.94. It is just the eighth time in Dartmouth program history that a Big Green runner has broken seven seconds.

Reilly set the record of 6.84 in the event at last season's Heps Championships.

Not lost in the outcome of Reilly's impressive time, it was also strong showings for both Buskey and DeSpenza in the event. Buskey took second in seven flat (7.00), while DeSpenza was third in 7.03.

Sophomore Jalil Bishop (Twinsburg, Ohio) took first in a field of more than 40 runners in the 200 meters. He placed first by nearly a half second over UNH's D'Mahl McFadden, crossing the line in 22.56.

Senior Evan Bryant (Baltimore, Md.) was the top runner in the 500, crossing with a mark of 1:06.54

Sophomore Lukas Zirngibl (Middletown, N.J.) was yet another Big Green runner to earn a first-place finish Saturday afternoon. Zirngibl ran a 1:57.42 in the 800 meters to beat out the second-place finisher by more than a second.

In the 1,000 meters, freshman Will Callan (San Francisco, Calif.) led a contingent of nearly 20 runners, taking first place in 2:33.16 and narrowly edging out RPI's Patrick Condon.

Freshman Sam Yoder (North Attleboro, Mass.) was fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.70 after qualifying in eighth in the prelims.

Senior Jake Shoemaker (Sudbury, Mass.) led the way in the mile with a 10th-place finish in 4:21.56. Freshman Joe Carey (Hanover, N.H.) took 19th in the race in 4:29.37 as the only other member of the Big Green competing.

The Dartmouth 4x400-meter relay team claimed first with a time of 3:24.98. Bishop, Bryant, Kevin Crowley (Barrington, Ill.) and Brendin Beaulieu-Jones (Vernon, Conn.) comprised the Big Green's four runners that beat out second-place Middleburry by more than four seconds.

In the shot put, sophomore Dom Filiano (Lebanon, N.H.) placed second with a mark of 52-8.00/16.05m on his sixth and final throw of the day.

Sophomore Josh Cyphers (Grantham, N.H.) took second in the pole vault, clearing 14-11.0/4.55m on his third attempt at the height.

Next weekend will see the Big Green head all over the country as three groups will go to meets in Seattle, Boston and at UNH. The Husky Invitational, the Valentine's Invitational and the throws meet in Durham are on tap for Dartmouth Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11.