Adams, Rehfuss Lead Bears to Fourth Place Finish at NEWMAC Championship

Adams, Rehfuss Lead Bears to Fourth Place Finish at NEWMAC Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Darius Adams set a school record on his way to winning the long jump while junior Luke Rehfuss took home the 400 hurdles title as the Coast Guard men's track and field team finished in fourth place at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) track & field championship hosted by MIT.

The Bears scored 94.5 points to finish in fourth place while MIT won the team title with 291.5 points. WPI was second with 200 points while Springfield was third with 134.5 points.

Adams hit his massive jump of 24-1.5 on his third attempt to claim his first NEWMAC championship. He also breaks All-American Carl Luxhoj's record from 2009 of 23'4". His jump also moves Adams to second in Division III New England and ninth in all of Division III.

Junior Luke Rehfuss also won the 400 meters for his first NEWMAC individual championshipin  55.08. The time is his best time this season and is the fourth fastest time in Division III New England.

Other point scorers in the field events were freshman Ben Zarlengo, sophomore Justin Jezuit, freshman Edward Carroll, sophomore Jacob Pawlina and freshman Jason Cho. Zarlengo was third in the discus (140-5.75) and seventh in the hammer (134-2.5) while Jezuit was fourth in the discus (140-1.75) and sixth in the hammer (134-8.75). Pawlina took home fourth place in the javelin with a throw of 171-8.5. Pawlina's throw of 188-1 still has him in seventh place in Division III New England. Carroll was fourth in the triple jump (42-4.75) while Cho tied for seventh place in the pole vault (12-5.5) scoring at his first NEWMAC Championship.

Pawlina and Carroll both also scored on the track as Pawlina was fourth in the 200 (22.29) and Carroll was fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.37).

Junior Raeford Penny was the only other sprinter to score for the Bears as he took home fifth place in the 400 in 49.64. His time is his fastest this season and is now the 20th fastest time in Division III New England.

In the mid-distance events sophomore Sydney Johnson was the top finisher for Coast Guard in the 800 as he crossed the line in 1:57.40 for fifth place. Junior Brett Foster was hot on his heals in sixth place (1:57.78).

In the 1500 Caleb Teachout finished in seventh place (4:04.29) while Foster came back in the tough double with an eighth place finish (4:04.69). 

On the distance side junior Timothy O'Loughlin was the Bears top finisher in the 5K (sixth place - 16:08.65) while freshman Jacob Panning came across in eighth (16:12.27).In the 10K, freshman Andre Gallant took home a fifth place finish in 35:11.78. The final indivdual runner to score on the track was senior James Rimmele in the 3K steeplechase finishing in sixth place (10:15.70).

Wrapping up the scoring for Coast Guard was two relays, as the 4x100 finished in fourth (43.52) and the 4x400 was third (3:26.02).

The Bears are back in action next Friday and Saturday, May 5th and 6th, when they compete at the Division III New England Track and Field Championship hosted by Williams.

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