SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 15, 2006 – The Springfield College women’s track & field team defeated both the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Worcester Polytechnic Institute this afternoon in a tri-meet at SC’s Blake Field.
Springfield scored 188 points to Coast Guard’s 113, and WPI’s 72.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side, Coast Guard was the winner, scoring 162 points to Springfield’s 151 and WPI’s 84.
There were many fine performances by Springfield College student-athletes.
For the women, freshman Kayla Robertson (Peace Dale, R.I.) won the high jump with her best leap of the year at 5’0 ¼”. SC went 1-2-3-4 in that event. In the long jump, freshman Silvienne Krosendijk (Seroe Biento, Aruba) won the event and had her finest jump at Springfield College with a leap of 18’7 ¾”, which translated to 5.68 meters. That was 7 centimeters off her all-time best. “She might be in the top five nationally (in Division III) with that leap,” said her Head Coach Jim Pennington. Also in the long jump, senior Kelli Rand (Westbrook, Conn.) finished 3rd with a leap of 15’ 9 ½”, good enough to qualify for the New England Division III Championships which will be held at Springfield College May 4-6.
In the hammer throw, freshman Kelsey Bishop (Warwick, R.I.) qualified provisionally for the Division III nationals by finishing 1st with a throw of 159’8”. She improved by 4’8” in a two-week period. Freshman Sarah Waddington (Westerly, R.I.) finished 3rd in the same event with a personal best of 132’10”. Further winners for Springfield included junior Adrienne Sayward (Salem, N.H.) in the javelin at 118’; junior Natasha Landon (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) in the pole vault at 2.75 meters; and grad student Sarah Martin (Madison, N.H.) a double-winner in the triple jump at 35’5 ¾” and in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.97 seconds. In the 100-meter dash, SC went 1-2-4-5. The winner was senior Yasmin Goris (Worcester, Mass.) at 12.69 seconds. In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Alisha Miner (Sanbornton, N.H.) finished first with a time of 67.03 seconds, well ahead of her time last year. In the 200, Krosendijk placed first with her best seasonal time to date of 26.86 seconds.
In addition, the SC 4x100 relay team not only won that competition at 49.18 seconds, but also dramatically improved its time .16 seconds in a two-week period. In the 1500 meters, sophomore Alyssa Brigham (Penacook, N.H.) finished 3rd with a time of 4:58.78, only half a second off qualifying for New England’s.
And finally, SC’s 4x400 relay closed the meet with a first-place finish and a time of 4:10.14.
On the men’s side, there were many more fine performances. Sophomore John Lewis (Fitchburg, Mass.)had a great meet by placing 1st in the discus with a personal best of 151’7”, and placing 2nd in the hammer at 149’3’. In the javelin, junior Cameron Turchetti (South Deerfield, Mass.) did very well in winning with a toss of 186’2”. That qualified him for both the New England’s and the ECAC’s (which will also be held at Springfield on May 18-19). It was just two feet short of qualifying for the Division III nationals.
Sophomore Tim Rehm (Waldrick, N.J.) won the 400 meters with a time of 50.78 seconds. That qualified him for the New England’s.
Senior Billy King (Wilmington, Mass.) had a great day by anchoring the winning 4x100 relay (43.20), finishing 1st in the 200 (22.68), and 2nd in the 100 (11.50). He also anchored the 4x400 relay which finished 2nd to Coast Guard in 3:29.84.
Other winners for the SC men included junior All-American Alex Kampersal (Natick, Mass.) in the shot put (47’1 ¾”), and sophomore Joe Dubuc (South Hadley, Mass.) in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.07 seconds).
Sophomore Dominic Uguccioni (Colrain, Mass.) placed in three events for the Pride. He finished 3rd in the hammer (143’8”), 4th in the shot put (45’7 ¼”), and 4th in the discus (133’5”). Other notable performances included junior Pat Gann (Guilford, Conn.) who finished 3rd in the 800 with a time of 1:57.78. That qualified him for the New England’s. Also, freshman Eric Nacsin (East Longmeadow, Mass.) placed 4th in the same event (1:58.21). That also qualified him for the New England’s.
Next week, the Springfield men and women will travel to Connecticut College.