• Two Outdoor National Champions
  • 9 Indoor Individual All-Americans
  • 18 Outdoor Individual All-Americans
  • 7 Indoor UAA Team Championships
  • 5 Outdoor UAA Team Championships

2016 Men's Outdoor Track & Field Season Recap

2016 Men's Outdoor Track & Field Season Recap

Powered by sophomore Daniel Pietsch's National Championship winning performance in the 400m Dash, the Emory University Men's Track & Field had its highest finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 2008, placing 23rd with 11 points.

Pietsch's title in the event is the first ever Emory outdoor national championship in a track event and just the second ever by an Eagles male athlete after Troy Thompson captured gold in the triple jump at the 1995 NCAA Championships. Pietsch erased a sizeable deficit over the last stretch of the win to place first with a school-record time of 46.92, narrowly edging out Monmouth (Ill.)'s James Wilson by just .05 seconds.

Along with Pietsch, senior Lukas Mees also earned All-America acclaim at the 2016 NCAA Championships, improving upon last year' 17th place showing to finish 8th in the 3000m Steeplechase at this year's championship meet.

Earlier in the season, the Eagles came in fourth place at the University Athletic Association Championships held at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Emory claimed four event titles and 11 All-UAA finishes to earn 124.5 points at the meet.

Winning event titles for the Eagles were Pietsch in the 400m Dash, Mees in the 3000m Steeplechase, senior Jacob Seigel in the Discus and sophomore Benjamin Rogin in the 100m Hurdles. Three of the four event championships marked consecutive winners as Pietsch, Mees and Seigel won their respective events at the 2015 UAA Championships with Seigel also being a three-time winner as he was crowned the 2014 UAA Discus Champion as well.

In addition to the four UAA Champions, senior Spencer Koh (4x100m and 4x400m Relays), juniors Ian McIsaac (4x400m Relay) and Kyle Veator (Long Jump, 4x100m and 4x400m Relays) and sophomores Max Brown (1500m Run), Max Helfman (4x100m Relay), Charlie Hu (Triple Jump) all earned All-UAA honors for the Eagles.

To go along with Pietsch's school-record setting time at the NCAA Championships, two other Emory records fell during the 2016 season. Mees shattered his previous record in the 3000m Steeplechase with a time seven seconds faster (9:03.27) and Seigel posted a mark of 14.82m in the shot put at the UAA Championships to take hold of the top spot in the Emory record books.

In other scored meets of the 2016 regular season, Emory finished first at the Emory Classic, third at both the Berry Field Day and Mount Laurel Invitationals and fourth at the Emory Invitational.

Five Eagles were also recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for their work in the classroom as well as their accomplishments in the performance arena. Mees and Pietsch were selected as Academic All-Americans with Mees making the First Team and Pietsch earning a nod on the Second Team. The pair along with Brown, Rogin and Seigel were all named to the Academic All-District Team.

 

The Eagles earned the following honors during the 2016 season:

NCAA Division III National Champion

Daniel Pietsch

Kula, HI (Seabury Hall)

400m Dash

 

All-America (Top-8 Finisher at NCAA Division III Championships)

Daniel Pietsch

Kula, HI (Seabury Hall)

400m Dash (1st)

Lukas Mees

Marion, IA (Marion)

3000m Steeplechase (8th)

 

NCAA Division III Championship Participant

Daniel Pietsch

Kula, HI (Seabury Hall)

400m Dash

Lukas Mees

Marion, IA (Marion)

3000m Steeplechase

 

South/Southeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year (USTFCCCA)

Lance Harden

2nd season

 

USTFCCCA South/Southeast All-Region (Top 5 in Respective Event)

Max Brown

Warren, NJ (Watchung Hills)

800m Run

Spencer Koh

Southlake, TX (Singapore American School)

Javelin

Lukas Mees

Marion, IA (Marion)

3000m Steeplechase

Daniel Pietsch

Kula, HI (Seabury Hall)

200m Dash, 400m Dash

Jacob Seigel

St. Louis, MO (Parkway West)

Shot Put

Shane Sullivan

Johns Creek, GA (Mt. Pisgah Christian)

5000m Run

 

UAA Champion

Lukas Mees

Marion, IA (Marion)

3000m Steeplechase

Daniel Pietsch

Kula, HI (Seabury Hall)

400m Dash

Benjamin Rogin

Highland Park, IL (Highland Park)

110m Hurdles

Jacob Seigel

St. Louis, MO (Parkway West)

Discus

 

All-UAA (Top-3 Finisher at UAA Championships)

Max Brown

Warren, NJ (Watchung Hills)

1500m Run (3rd)

Max Helfman

Watchung, NJ (Pingry)

4x100m Relay (2nd)

Charlie Hu

Shanghai, China (Shanghai American School)

Triple Jump (3rd)

Spencer Koh

Southlake, TX (Singapore American School)

4x100m Relay (2nd), 4x400m Relay (3rd)

Ian McIsaac

Princeton, NJ (Princeton)

4x400m Relay (3rd)

Lukas Mees

Marion, IA (Marion)

3000m Steeplechase (1st)

Daniel Pietsch

Kula, HI (Seabury Hall)

400m Dash (1st), 200m Dash (2nd), 4x100m Relay (2nd), 4x400m Relay (3rd)

Benjamin Rogin

Highland Park, IL (Highland Park)

110m Hurdles (1st)

Jacob Seigel

St. Louis, MO (Parkway West)

Discus (1st), Shot Put (2nd)

Kyle Veator

Potomac, MD (Winston Churchill)

4x100m Relay (2nd), Long Jump (3rd), 4x400m Relay (3rd)

 

CoSIDA Academic All-America

Lukas Mees

Marion, IA (Marion)

First Team

Daniel Pietsch

Kula, HI (Seabury Hall)

Second Team

 

CoSIDA Academic All-District

Max Brown

Warren, NJ (Watchung Hills)

Lukas Mees

Marion, IA (Marion)

Daniel Pietsch

Kula, HI (Seabury Hall)

Benjamin Rogin

Highland Park, IL (Highland Park)

Jacob Seigel

St. Louis, MO (Parkway West)

 

UAA Athlete of the Week

Spencer Koh

Southlake, TX (Singapore American School)

April 4th

Lukas Mees

Marion, IA (Marion)

April 4th, May 17th

Daniel Pietsch

Kula, HI (Seabury Hall)

March 21st, May 31st

Jacob Seigel

St. Louis, MO (Parkway West)

March 21st

 

 

The following were the top marks by Emory athletes during the 2016 season:

 

100m Dash

Daniel Pietsch

11.01

Emory Classic

200m Dash

Daniel Pietsch

21.63

UAA Championships

400m Dash

Daniel Pietsch

46.92*

NCAA Championships

800m Run

Max Brown

1:53.36

UAA Championships

1500m Run

Max Brown

3:56.09

UAA Championships

3000m Run

Shane Sullivan

8:45.89

Mountain Laurel Invitational

5000m Run

Shane Sullivan

14:54.34

VertKlasse Meeting

10000m Run

Austin Hunt

32:52.97

UAA Championships

110m Hurdles

Benjamin Rogin

14.95

Kentucky Relays

400m Hurdles

Benjamin Rogin

55.68

Emory Classic

3000m Steeplechase

Lukas Mees

9:03.27*

Dr. Keeler Invitational

High Jump

Charlie Hu

1.85m

Emory Invitational

Pole Vault

Spencer Koh

4.45m

Berry Field Day Invitational

Long Jump

Kyle Veator

6.60m

UAA Championships

Triple Jump

Charlie Hu

13.36m

UAA Championships

Shot Put

Jacob Seigel

14.82m*

UAA Championships

Discus

Jacob Seigel

44.56m

UAA Championships

Hammer

Zachary Lembersky

39.44m

UAA Championships

Javelin

Spencer Koh

52.82m

Berry Field Day Invitational

4x100m Relay

Kyle Veator, Spencer Koh, Max Helfman, Daniel Pietsch

42.18

UAA Championships

4x400m Relay

Spencer Koh, Ian McIsaac, Kyle Veator, Daniel Pietsch

3:19.07

UAA Championships

4x800m Relay

Max Brown, Josh Traynelis, Ian McIsaac, Robert Wilhelm III

7:51.97

Emory Classic

DMR

Michael McBane, Winston Leung, Jake Schlessinger, Shane Sullivan

10:34.18

Emory Invitational

 

* - Indicates Emory record