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Springfield College Hosts Opening Day of 2010 ECAC Div. III Men's Track & Field Championships; Williams College Takes the Early Lead

Zach Pietras Complete Results

Springfield, Mass. -- May 13, 2010 -- The Williams College men have taken a one-point lead over both the University of Rochester and Moravian College after the first day of competition at the ECAC Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships under sunny skies today at Sprngfield College's Blake Track. Bates and Keene State are in fourth and fifth place entering Day Two, which will begin Friday at 10:00 am.

Williams is in first place with 20 points at the close of business on Thursday. Tied for second with 19 points each are Rochester and Moravian. In fourth is Bates with 18. Keene State is in fifth with 15.

Other teams that have scored include: T6) Bowdoin and WPI (14), 8) MIT (13), T9) Brockport, RPI, RIT (11), T12) Amherst, Conn. College, Delaware Valley, Ithaca (10), T16) Farmingdale State, NYU (6), 18) Gwynned-Mercy (4), T19) Gallaudet, Fredonia State, Ramapo (3), T22) Tufts, Penn State-Behrend (1.5), and 24) Springfield (1).

A total of 72 schools are represented in this event. Moravian is the two-time defending champion.

See ECAC champions in six different events below.

One of the highlights of the day was a new ECAC record in the 3000 meter steeplechase by Brian Lang of Rochester. Lang's time of 9:05.24 eclipsed the record set just one year ago by Kyle O'Brien of Cortland State. O'Brien's time was 9:09.27.

Springfield's only point thus far was provided by freshman Zach Pietras, who finished eighth in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

The meet will resume Friday at 10:00 am with the second day of the decathlon and heptathlon events.

Event Men's Champion Time/Distance Women's Champion Time/Distance
Pole Vault Mike Dempsey, RIT 5.10m, 16-8 3/4 Anna Heim, Moravian 4.17m, 13-8 1/4
Javelin Thomas Masterson, Delaware Valley 59.84m, 196-4 Jill Shaner, Stockton 44.71m, 146-8
Hammer Bryan Kolacz, Keene State 57.25m, 187-10 Alyssa Pirinelli, St. Lawrence 54.88m, 180-1
100 HH        
110 HH        
3,000 Steeplechase Brian Lang, Rochester 9:05.24*, ECAC record Jacqueline Wentz, MIT 10:22.32
10,000 Colman Hatton, Bowdoin 31:35.44 Johanna Spangler, Vassar 26:21.89
4x100 Relay        
High Jump        
Shot Put        
Long Jump        
400 IH        
Triple Jump Alex Samma, Conn. Coll. 14.75m, 48-4 3/4 Nikki Hay, Springfield 11.81m, 38-9
4x400 Relay        
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Ken Klatka Ken Klatka, an associate professor of physical education at Springfield College, will enter his 38th season as head coach, and 44th as a coach overall, of the men’s track and field program in 2013-2014. He ranks among the nation’s most successful coaches, with an overall record of 447 wins, 156 losses, and two ties for an impressive .743 winning percentage. In 2011, Klatka was inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame. Read more.

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