Temple Men's Track & Field Indoor Season Opens With Impressive Results at Jack Pyrah Invitational

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Opening the season at the Jack Pyrah Invitational on Friday, Temple men's track and field got off to satisfying start to its indoor portion of the schedule. The Owls saw several of its runners take top spots in the evening's events, including Alex McGee's first place finish in the 55 meter run and his third place ranking in the 300 meter dash. 

Temple took third place in a very close 4x400 relay, as the 'A' squad, which was comprised of Chris Bradley, McGee, Will Montgomery and Lionel Wilson, completed the relay in 3:27.34 to place behind Saint Joseph's (3:24.93) and Villanova (3:26.34).

Earlier in the evening, Wilson had an impressive performance in the 300 meter dash, taking first place in a time of 35.92.
In the 3000 meter run, Ben Thomas led all Temple runners with the third highest finish overall, as he crossed the finish line in 8:54.30. Temple runners padded the inside of the top 10 for the event, as Matt Kacyon, Phil Fanz andCullen Davis finished within seconds of each other to come fifth, sixth and seventh.

The success carried into the field events for the Owls, as Darryl McDuffie won the men's high jump with 1.95 meters.Kevin Caporiccio and Derek Forthun placed third and fourth in the event, respectively.

In the night's final event, Gabe Pickett jumped 13.92 meters to take second place in the triple jump, while Derek Holland came third with a landing of 13.62 meters.

“Overall, we were very happy with the performances,” fourth-year head coach Eric Mobley said. “It was a great event for our freshmen and I felt we were very solid across the board. It was a good first meet for us to open the season with and now we have an idea what we need to do to improve for upcoming events.”

With not having another meet for more than a month, the Owls will look to build on the success of its season-opening meet when it goes to George Mason for the Father Diamond Invitational on Jan. 7.