Men take silver at Roadrunner Invitational

More than 20 schools competed in event hosted by Ramapo College.

Temple men’s track & field left Mahwah, N.J. with a silver medal Saturday, finishing as the runner-up in a field of 21 schools in the Ramapo College hosted Roadrunner Invitational.

The men’s field events garnered most of the praise in the second place overall finish.

Junior jumper Gabe Pickett took top honors in the long jump after a winning leap of 7.08 meters. He later complimented his victory in the long jump with a personal-best, 11.21-second 100-meter dash, good for eighth place.

Senior Damian Myers contributed six points with his third-place performance in the 100M, finishing with his own personal-best time of 11.01 seconds. He then bested his career high in the 200-meter dash, crossing at 21.91 seconds and a second-place finish.

Though Darryl McDuffie needed a jump off to do it, the sophomore took the top spot in the high jump after a two-meter jump and the eventual jump off win for ten key points.

Sophomore Justin Berg set a new Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America record in the hammer throw with a toss of 53.83 meters, good for a runner-up finish.

Freshman thrower Michael Deitzler took fourth with a 56.58-meter launch in the javelin throw, while Sean McAneney boasted a 51.30-meter toss and an eighth-place finish.

Sophomore distance runner Alex Izewski took Temple’s lone running event victory, taking top honors in the 5,000-meter run with a mark of 15 minutes, 33.51 seconds.

Graduate senior Allan Harding was the other Temple notable in running events, yielding two personal-best performances in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes. Harding turned in a fourth-place, 22.41 second time in the 200, and later a 49.23 second time in the 400 that earned the veteran a bronze medal.

The Owls tallied 108 points in total in their runner-up performance, finishing behind Manhattan University (160.50) and 16 points ahead of Army Prep (92).

The Owls will split up next weekend with parts of the squad heading out to either George Mason University for the Mason Spring Invitational, or to South Beach for the Hurricane Alumni Invitational at the University of Miami.

Andrew Parent can be reached at or on twitter @daParent93.

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