SPRINGFIELD Mass., January 21, 2006 – In their first action since winter break, the Springfield College track and field teams faired well today at the Coast Guard Invitational in New London, Conn. The women’s team placed first out of five teams, finishing with 194.5 points. The men’s squad also did well, finishing second, while scoring 124 points.
The final team scores for the men were as follows: Coast Guard 190, Springfield College 124, Eastern Connecticut State 123, Connecticut College 55, and King’s Point 31. The women’s final scores were: Springfield 194.5, Coast Guard 136.5, Southern Maine 110, Connecticut College 79, and Eastern Connecticut State 18.
The women’s 4x200 meter relay team ran their fastest time of the year, winning the race at a speedy 1:49.66. The team featured freshman Eva Gibson-Mueller (Ipswich, Mass.) as well as double winners senior Yasmin Goris (Worcester Mass.), who won the 55 meter dash(7.53 seconds), junior Jen McBride (Mechanicville, N.Y.), crossing the line first in the 400 meter dash (1:02.34), and freshman Silvienne Krosendijk (Seroe Biento, Aruba), in the long jump (16’-05 ¼”).
Other first place finishes for the Pride included sophomore Alyssa Brigham (Penacook, N.H.) in the mile (5:24.04), junior Rachel DiSaia (Waterford, Conn.) with a personal best in the shot put (35’-11 ¼”), freshman Vanessa Ricketts (Greenfield, Mass.) in the triple jump (32’-5”), and junior Natasha Landon (Hudson Falls, N.Y) in the pole vault (9’-6 ¼”).
The men’s team had a number of strong performances as well -- among them were strong throws from sophomore Dominic Uguccioni (Colrain, Mass.) in the weight throw and shot put. His throw of 51’7 ¾” in the 35-lb. weight throw gave him a second place finish and allowed him to qualify for Division III Nationals, and his toss of 46’-10 ¼” in the shot put was good enough for fourth place at the meet. Head Coach Ken Klatka stated that never in his 36 years of coaching has he seen an athlete improve by 4 ½’ from one meet to the next in the throwing events. Alex Kampersal (Natick, Mass) also did well in the throwing events, where he dominated the field in the shot put, with a throw of 53’-01”. SC sophomore Nick DeCelle (Mechanicville, N.Y.) had a good day in the jumping events. His bound of 43’-06” gave him a first place in the triple jump, and he took second in the long jump, leaping 20’-05 ¼”.
Pride freshman Greg Drobot (Wallkill, N.Y), placed first in the 55-meter hurdles (8.20 seconds) and was followed closely behind by sophomore Joe Dubuc (South Hadley, Mass.), who finished second with a time of 8.36 seconds. Freshman Eric Nacsin (East Longmeadow, Mass.), ran a 2:03.8 to finish second in the 800-meter race, while in the 200-meter dash senior Chris Keyser (West Newbury, Mass.) also placed second with a time of 23.9 seconds.
The women’s track and field team will head to West Point on Saturday January 28th for their next competition. The men’s team will compete next at Bowdoin on the same day.