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Men's Indoor Track and Field

Overview

Joe Jensen '15 and Sam Reider '14 lead the Hamilton College men's indoor track & field program into 2013-14. Jensen enjoyed a successful debut last season when he finished first in the 200- and 400-meter dash at the 2013 New York State Collegiate Track Conference (NYSCTC) championships and was selected the male rookie of the meet. He set an Ithaca College facility record for the 400 meters at those championships and broke the school mark with a time of 49.08 seconds. Jensen went on to earn Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) all-conference honors for finishing fifth in the 400 at the ECAC Division III championships. Reider, who won the 400 at the 2011 NYSCTC championships, captured second place in the 500 meters at the 2013 NYSCTC and ECAC meets. He set the school record in the event with a time of 1:05.28. Graham Sadler '14, who made the 2012 NYSCTC and ECAC all-conference teams and owns the school record for the high jump, is on the roster.

Hamilton hosts meets on campus at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The facility received major renovations in the summer of 2010, including a state-of-the-art Mondo FX surface that rivals any program in Division III. The Continentals host invitationals on January 25 and February 15 this year. Student-athletes may qualify for the NYSCTC championships, the ECAC Division III championships and the NCAA Division III championships. The 2014 national meet is at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Hamilton also travels to invitationals at Colgate University, Cornell University, SUNY Brockport and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Four athletes currently on the roster own a school record. They are Jensen (400 meters), Reider (500), Sadler (high jump) and Mbuotidem Isaac '15, who recorded a time of 7.13 seconds in the 60-meter dash in 2013. The Continentals finished 20th in the team point standings at the 2013 ECAC championships as 51 teams scored at least one point. Jimmy Alexis '13 and Hashem Zikry '13 graduated in May and will be missed. Alexis finished first in the pole vault twice at the NYSCTC championships and holds the school record at 4.58 meters. Zikry made the NYSCTC all-conference team for the 5,000-meter run and the ECAC all-conference squad for the 3,000 meters in 2013.

Peter Kosgei '11 clinched his third national title and third All-America honor for indoor track & field at the 2009 NCAA Division III championships. Kosgei finished first in the mile run with a school-record time of 4:08.58 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana. He was part of another school record in the distance medley relay at the 2009 NYSCTC championships and was the relay anchor as he led Hamilton to victory with a time of 10:10.85.

Kosgei permanently changed the face of this program in 2008. He was part of six school records in a season that ended with two national titles and two All-America awards for the talented Kenyan. He finished first in the 800-meter run and the mile at the NCAA championships. He recorded the best time in Division III all season in the 800 and broke the facility record by three seconds in the mile. He did all this despite the fact the two races were held just 90 minutes apart. Kosgei, who was selected the NCAA Division III indoor track athlete of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) after the championships, is the first All-American in program history.

At the 2008 NYSCTC championships, Kosgei set meet and facility records in winning the 1,000-meter run and the mile at St. Lawrence University. Earlier in the season, he captured first place in the 800 and the mile with meet and facility record times at the Liberty League championships, which were also held at St. Lawrence. He was later named the league's track performer of the year. Along the way, he set team records in the 800, the 1,000, the mile, the 3,000 and the 5,000. He was also part of a distance medley relay record at the state championships.

TiDelco Ductan '09 -- the school's indoor record-holder in the triple jump -- joined Kosgei at the 2009 national meet as Ductan competed in the event. Waltnel Sosa '00 competed in the long jump at the 1999 NCAA championships. Joshua Orndorff '11 captured first place in the shot put at the 2010 league championships, and was second in the shot at the NYSCTC meet. He finished third in the shot put and earned all-conference honors at the 2009 NYSCTC championships.

This program is about more than just athletic performance. Academic excellence is also important to head coach Brett Hull. Seven student-athletes made the 2012-13 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team, and the men earned USTFCCCA Division III All-Academic Track and Field Team honors for the second straight year. In 2013, Miles Blackburn '13 was elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Zikry was voted to the 2013 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division III Academic All-District Team for men's track & field/cross country.