NEW YORK, N.Y. –
It was another day of strong finishes for the Temple men's track and field squad on Friday at the NYC Gotham Cup. In three of the day's events, the Owls nabbed IC4A qualifying standards.
Sophomore Josh McFrazier
had another stellar day of competitions, following last week's IC4A qualifying time in the 60 meter hurdles at the Father Diamond Invite. This time out, McFrazier set a new personal best in the same event on Friday with a third place finish in a time 8.12, which was just 0.01 off from tying the school record.
Before the final, the New Brighton, Pa. native placed first in his heat and fourth overall of the preliminary round.
In a very tight event, the Owls 'A' squad took sixth place in the 4 x 400 meter relay to defeat Morgan State. The Owls finished the event with an IC4A qualifying time of 3:19.83, which was just about five seconds off from top-finisher Zenith Velocity AC.
Later in the evening, sophomore Gabe Pickett
landed a distance of 14.69 meters in the triple jump, yielding him to meet the IC4A qualifying standard.
Temple brought it in the 5,000 meter run, having three of its participants in the top 10. Second-year runner Phil Fanz placed sixth overall in the event with a time of 15:16.63. Six seconds later, freshman Ben Thomas
crossed the finish line for eighth place, followed by rookie Matt Kacyon
in 10 in a time of 15:27.91.
The Owls demonstrated their talent in the high jump as well, having all four competitors place with solid distances. Darrryl McDuffie led the Owls, tying for third place overall with a jump of 2.01 meters. Senior Tim Malloy
took sixth with the same distance, which was still ahead of teammates Kevin Caporiccio
(1.91 meters) and Derek Forthun
(1.86 meters), who placed 10th and 11th respectively.
“This event was a great one for our guys and showed they are constantly improving,” head coach Eric Mobley said. “For Kevin [Caporiccio], this was a great confidence booster for him and I look forward to seeing him improve as we move on.”
Earlier in the day, Alan Harding
placed fourth in his heat of the 500 meter dash for a solid 11th place finish overall.
“I was very pleased with how we performed last night,” Mobley said. “Once again, our intensity was there and everyone was ready to get after it. This was a good event for us and it was a solid one as we are working on building our way toward a championship.”
Temple will be back in action when it goes to the US Naval Academy for its next meet.