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.