KENOSHA, Wisconsin - Sophomore Nick Bath won the 3000m to lead a strong distance contingent on the opening day of the 2018 indoor season for the MSOE men's track & field team at the Wisconsin Private College Invitational Saturday at Carthage College.
The Raiders finished with 61 team points and placed third among six teams in the field.
Bath claimed top honors in the 3000m with a time of 9:39.84 to beat a pair of rival runners from Carthage by 15.93 seconds. It was one of three individual top-three finishes for MSOE in the distance events.
Senior Trey Horbinski was second in the mile run and senior Tripp Horbinski was third in the 800m. Trey ran a 4:34.45 mile to finish just 2.35 off the pace. Meanwhile, Tripp led four Red & White scorers in the 800m with a time of 2:08.02. Freshman Arandu Huerta was fourth in 2:14.34, freshman Sean Fitzpatrick was seventh in 2:16.00, and freshman Ben Bruckert placed eighth in 2:19.10.
The distance corps also produced a pair of runner-up relays. The 4x400m grouping of the Horbinskis, Fitzpatrick, and freshman Brian Jimenez combined on a time of 3:45.61. Then, senior Hail Kazik, sophomores Blake Bostwick and Noah Vaculik, and freshman Mark Nelson posted a time of 11:38.43 in the distance medley relay.
Several newcomers had promising debuts in the field events, with a pair of scorers in the high jump and another in the pole vault. Freshman Keaton Harrison placed fourth in the high jump with a height of 5-7 and freshman Sam Ajayi was fifth at 4-11. In the pole vault, freshman Eddie Diaz Barragan cleared 11-11 3/4 for fifth place.