Aldana, Wilson Lead Hood Men at Hagerstown

Nick Aldana

HAGERSTOWN, Md.--Juniors Nick Aldana and Tyree Wilson paced the Hood College men's track and field team at Friday evening's indoor track and field meet hosted by Hagerstown Community College.

Aldana and Wilson placed first and second in both the 55 meter hurdles and the 200 meter dash to pace the Blazers in the three-team meet. The pair returned later in the meet to run legs of Hood's second-place 4 x 400 meter relay team accounting for over one-third of the team's 43 points. Hagerstown placed second with 34 points and McDaniel followed in third with 29.

Also winning on the day were Dan Jacobs in the mile and Michael Beidleman in the 400.  Caleb Phillips established a new school record when he came home third at 1000 meters, running 2:41.38 to break teammate Stephen McNamara's mark which had stood since December 2011. Chris Cook finished third in both the 200 and the 400 to complete 1-2-3 sweeps of both events. Tom Marino was the second collegian behind Beidleman in the 400.

Brett Shelley and Matt Dyjack placed second and third in the 3,000 and Chris White picked up a third in the high jump. The Blazers' two relay teams were second with McNamara and Jordan Acton joining Phillips and Shelley on the distance medley relay and Jacobs and Justin Cifuentes joining Aldana and Wilson on the 4 x 400. Eric Stone was the high finisher for the Blazers in the shot with a new personal best.

"Nick and Tyree are the real deal," said head coach Brent Ayer. "They can be counted on in the hurdles, the long sprints and the relays. Tyree is currently ranked third in the MAC in the 60 hurdles, with Nick seventh. However, on any given day, they are within hundredths of a second of each other. As it is, the top ten hurdlers in the MAC are separated by about a half-second. Anything can happen."

The majority of the Blazer men will take a two-week break from competition to prepare for the MAC indoor track and field championships to be held at Lehigh University on Feb. 22-23.

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