Five Track & Field Alumni Compete at BU Invitational


Five Loomis Chaffee boys track and field alumni competed for their colleges at the annual Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Saturday, February 12.

Ryan Durkin ’18 a pole vaulted for Bowdoin College; Robert Allen ’18 ran the 200-meter dash for Trinity College; Jack Frisbee ’20 high jumped for Boston University: Matt Farrell ’20, ran the 5,000 meters for Princeton University; and Jake Lotreck ’21, raced in the mile run for Dartmouth College.

Jack placed seventh in the high jump, clearing 6’5”, and Matt ran a personal best time in the 5,000 meters (5K) with a 13:55.92. He is only the second track and field alumnus to run that distance in under 14 minutes.

The meet each year attracts national-caliber college athletes as well as professional runners. Saturday’s events were capped off by the fastest indoor 5,000-meter race in American history, with three runners finishing under 13 minutes and setting new American, Canadian, and British records in the event. The winner, American Grant Fisher, ran a time of 12:53.73.