SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A victory in the 800 meters by senior Tim Bolick (Hopkinton/Hopkinton HS) topped the list of performances for the Bentley University men's outdoor track and field team during Saturday's 7th Annual Yellow Jacket Invitational at American International College.
Competing in a field of 66, Bolick posted a time of 1:55.97, breaking the tape 0.34 seconds in front of runner-up Dieter Gutbold of Southern Connecticut State. His time was the fifth best posted in the Northeast-10 Conference this season.
Junior Holt Sihvonen (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial HS), who ranks sixth on the NCAA Division II performance list in the javelin this spring, was second in the event after releasing a throw of 194 feet, five inches. Sophomore Anthony Giesing (Bradford, Vt./Oxbox HS) also scored in the javelin with his 155'6" putting him seventh among 25 participants.
Junior David Hernandez (Tokyo, Japan) turned in a strong showing in the long jump, finishing third among 34 competitors with a distance of 21 feet. That was the sixth best in the NE10 so far this spring and good for 11th on Bentley's all-time list in the event. Hernandez was also 12th of 18 in the high jump (5'7") and 15th of 24 in the discus (113'2").
In the 400 hurdles, Falcon freshman Josh Gettings (Lowell/Lowell HS) achieved the second-best time in the NE10 this spring, placing fourth of 31 in 57.71 seconds. That elevated him to seventh on the Falcons' all-time list and improved on his previous best by 1.27 seconds.
Senior Eric Alatalo (Wilmington/Wilmington HS) climbed to ninth on the NE10's performance list in the 5,000 while placing seventh of 47 in 15:42.76.
Also scoring for Bentley was sophomore Cody Murphy (Dunbarton, N.H./Goffstown HS) . He was sixth of 15 in the 10,000 meters, finishing in 33:05.90.
As a team, Bentley tied for eighth among 20 teams with 47 points, missing out on a top-five showing by only eight points.
Bentley's next action is the Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College Friday and Saturday.