Men's Track & Field Awards Announced
, May 15, 2003 - Springfield College men's track and field head coach Ken Klatka
announced the winners of the team awards at the recently held banquet.
Freshmen Billy King (Willmington, Mass.)
and Chris Keyser (Newbury, Mass.)
were named Rookie of the Year. King and Keyser were both members of SC's 4X100 relay team that took home first place in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships. King and Keyser were both all-conference selections.
Seniors Vinnie Mazzaferro (Brimfield, Mass.)
, Chris Roy (Fairhaven, Mass.)
, and Jon Notary (Bethlehem, Pa.)
were all honored with the Riggie Award as unsung heroes. Mazzaferro and Roy made up the other half of the 4X100 relay team that captured the NEWMAC title in that event. Notary was named to the NEWMAC all-conference second team and NEWMAC All-Academic team.
Seniors Michael Heitkamp (Orwell, Vt.)
and Adam Hughes (Bridgewater, Conn.)
earned team most valuable player (MVP) honors. Heitkamp won the discus (191 feet 6 inches) and javelin throw (188 feet) at the Division III New England Outdoor Track and Feild Championship. Heitkamp also placed sixth in the high jump (1.96 m) and eighth in the javelin throw (55.33 m) at the New England Intercollegiate Championship. Hughes won both the 100-meter high hurdles (15.26) and 400-meter hurdles (54.54) at the Vern Cox Invitational held at Springfield College's Blake Track. He was also named the the NEWMAC All-Academic team.
Juniors Eric Peloquin (Thompson, Conn.)
, Pawel Jaroszewicz (East Longmeadow, Mass.)
, Brian Pearsall (Fairport, N.Y.)
, and sophomore Matt Acciaioli (Warwick, R.I.)
all earned the Bearcat Award for most improved athletes. Peloquin finished fourth in the 5000-meter (16:31.67) at the Vern Cox Invitational. Jaroszewicz sprinted his way to a third place finish in the 200-meter dash (21.81) at the New England Intercollegiate Championship. Pearsall won the 800-meters (1:56.78) at the NEWMAC Championships and was named to the NEWMAC All-Academic team. Acciaioli earned second-team all-conference honors in the shot put.
Head Coach Ken Klatka
Ken Klatka, just inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame in October, 2011, enters his 37th season as head coach of the men’s track and field program in 2012-2013. He ranks among the nation’s most successful coaches, with an overall record of 442 wins, 144 losses, and two ties for an impressive .753 winning percentage. Under his direction, Kevin Coyle '12 won the 2011 Division III Indoor Long Jump National Championship.
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