Marietta, Ohio -- May 23, 2009 -- Junior Steve Headley of Springfield College had a banner day at the NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships this afternoon at Marietta College. The Wilbraham native became an NCAA Champion for the second time this year by cruising to a win in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.51 seconds. He also finished third in the 200, while SC's 4x100 relay team placed sixth, giving the Pride men a total of 19 team points.
Earlier in March, Headley also won the 55-meter dash indoors to capture the NCAA crown in that event at the NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships at Rose Hulman in Terre Haute, Indiana. With today's outdoor victory, this clearly makes Steve Headley "the fastest man alive in Division III athletics."
In today's 100, Headley's time of 10.51 seconds was 19/100ths better than second-place finisher Delannie Spriggs, a junior from Salisbury University (Md.). In third was Tazz Petty, a senior from Methodist University, who clocked a time of 10.76 seconds. In fourth was senior Eric Bertelsen of Buena Vista in 10.81, followed by sophomore Eric Woodruff of Moravian in 10.87.
In the 200, however, it was Woodruff who turned the tables. Woodruff, who won the ECAC Division III men's title just eight days ago at Springfield College with a time of 21.22 seconds, really turned it on today, winning the NCAA title in the 200 with a time of 21.06 seconds. That was a new Don Drumm Stadium record. Hanneus Ollison, a senior from McMurry University, came in second at 21.26. Headley, meanwhile, finished third at 21.31.
Headley had been seeded third, coming in with a season-best of 21.30 seconds.
Meanwhile, much earlier in the day, Springfield's 4x100 meter relay team, seeded sixth, finished sixth in that event with a time of 41.36 seconds. All four participants, therefore, become All-Americans. They are junior co-captain Matt Amendola (Milford, Conn.), sophomore Tom Brognano (Rome, N.Y.), sophomore Nickel Hay (Norwalk, Conn.), and Headley. The winning time was posted by the University of St. Thomas at 40.76. The Pride had entered with a season best of 41.27 seconds.
As a team, Springfield thus recorded a total of 19 points, tying Nebraska Wesleyan for 11th place of 81 scoring teams.
Also today, at this same site in Marietta, Ohio, Springfield junior Nikki Hay (Norwalk, Conn.) placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-5. For more on Nikki, please see the women's track & field Web site.
This concludes Springfield's varsity athletic 2008-2009 season, not only in track & field, but in all varsity sports.