AUSTIN, Texas (4/15/17) Juniors William Pauson and Josh Ingalls posted wins in the middle distance races as Princeton finished in sixth place at the Texas Invitational with 55.50 points. The home team No. 9 Texas won the meet with 131 points, followed by No. 19 Auburn with 89 and No. 23 Kentucky with 78.
Paulson was the winner in the men’s 1500. He had a nearly four-second lead over the rest of the competition with a time of 3:46.39. Teammate Noah Kauppila was sixth at 3:52.70 in an event that featured 37 athletes.
Ingalls followed with a victory in the 800, as he posted a time of 1:50.26. Junior Garrett O’Toole ran a PR of 1:52.88 to take eighth as Princeton totaled 11 points in the event.
Senior Jared Bell began the day by earning four points for the Tigers in the discus throw. His best throw a 51.19 (167-11) as he finished fifth overall with his best throw of the season. He also reached 50.79, 50.40 and 49.43. Junior Mitchel Charles finished 10th at 48.86 (160-4) and went on to take eighth in the shot put with a 16.21 (53-2.25) on his first attempt.
Senior Xavier Bledsoe also had a season-best as he cleared 2.07 (6-9.5) in the high jump to take sixth place. He cleared the height on his second attempt to gain 3.5 points for the Tigers.
Seven more points came in the pole vault, as both junior August Kiles and senior Ben Gaylord scored. Kiles finished fifth as he launched himself over 5.21 (17-1) on his final attempt at the height. It marks his highest jump this season. Gaylord was eighth with a mark of 5.06 (16-7.25).
Freshman Joey Daniels added four more points as he finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles. He clocked a PR of 14.04, as he has shaved time off his PR in all four meets he’s competed in this season.
All three 400-meter hurdles finish in the top 10, led by freshman Gab Montefalcone. He was fifth with a time of 53.16 and was followed in sixth by junior Spencer Long and his 53.46. Senior Greg Leeper was eighth at 53.66.
Senior Ray Mennin is returning to form after an injury kept him from most of the indoor season. He was sixth in the 400 at 48.00, his best time of the season.
Sophomore Charles Volker had the Tigers’ best times in both the 100 and 200, at 10.78 and 21.85.
In the final event of the afternoon, the 4×400 of Jabari Johnson, Connor Matthews, Josh Freeman and Mennin took eighth at 3:21.19 to earn one additional point towards the team total.
Princeton hosts the Larry Ellis Invitational at Weaver Stadium next weekend, April 21-22.