Track & Field Sends Five Individuals To NCAA Championships
, May 20, 2003 -- Springfield College will send five individuals to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships that will be held May 22-24 at St. Lawrence (N.Y.) University.
On the women’s side, junior All-American Marisa Clapp (Charlton, Mass.)
will run the 1,500 meters, a race that she finished sixth in at the 2002 nationals. Junior Leyla Williams (Unionville, N.Y.)
will compete in the hammer throw, and freshman Christina Davis (Orange, Conn.)
qualified in the javelin.
On the men’s side, sophomore All-American Blake Gulino (Old Saybrook, Conn.)
will compete in the long jump. Gulino finished fourth in the event at the 2003 NCAA indoor championship in March. Senior Jason Jackson (Phippsburg, Maine)
, who is coming off wins in the 100 and 200 meters at the ECAC Division III Championships (May 15-16), will run the 100-meter dash.
Speaking of the ECAC, the Springfield College men’s track & field team captured its second consecutive ECAC Division III Championship last weekend. The meet was held at MIT.
Jackson had a sensational meet, running to first place in the 100 meters (10.74) and 200 meters (21.73), and Gulino won the long jump (23 feet, 4 ¾ inches).
Senior Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.)
, who is also a member of the U.S. Bobsled National Team, led the SC women to a 12th-place finish by coming in second place in the heptathlon with 4,077 points. Williams was third in the hammer throw (47.38 meters).
Head Coach 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.
Contact Head Coach Ken Klatka
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