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April 4th, 2012

Duhaney shows speed at the Dick Shea Open

Junior sprinter MathĂşe Duhaney ran the 200 meters (24.01) and led off the 4 x 400 relay team for Vassar during the Dick Shea Open in West Point, NY.
West Point - At the Dick Shea Open at Army, the Vassar College men’s track team did not get swallowed up in a meet that featured over 65 teams and clubs from around the region and over 1,100 individual entrants.

Head coach James McCowan called it a meet in which his athletes rounded into form. Junior sprinter Mathúe Duhaney, coming off a grueling swimming season, ran the 200 meters (24.01) and led off the 4 x 400 relay team. “Mathúe ran very well and had a couple of strong performances,” said McCowan. “He’s getting closer to competing in the 100 meters.”

Junior Sam Wagner ran both the 400 meters and with the 4 x 400 relay team. His 400 time was 50.53, fourth best among 41 runners. He improved that performance on the relay, running 49.5. “Sam is getting back to form, getting in a groove and ready to focus on his main event, the 800 meters,” said McCowan. “He’ll be fast when the 800 comes around.”

The Brewers had two strong efforts in the 5k, led by senior Evan Russek (16:24) and sophomore Harry Feigen (16:30), both of whom turned in season best performances. “Those guys ran smooth and smart tactical races,” said McCowan.

Senior Zach Williams ran an impressive 800 meters, finishing in 1:56.27, the third best in a formidable field of 48 participants.

Freshman Andrew Terenzi, who ran his first 1,500 meters ever at the Dick Shea Open, finished in 4:14, good for 14th place. He then doubled to run a fast leg of the 4 x 400. “Andrew has promise and potential and is developing into a strong runner,” said McCowan.

The 4 x 400 meters “A” relay team of Williams, Wagner, Duhaney and Terenzi turned in a winning time of 3:28.66, which is also comfortably under the Penn Relays qualifying standard of 3:32.0.

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