SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- April 5, 2008 -- Mike Miller claimed four firsts and two thirds in leading the Springfield College men's track & field team to victory in a quadrangular meet at Middlebury College this past Saturday.
As a team, Springfield scored 283.50 points, followed by Bowdoin (203.50), Middlebury (93), and Colby-Sawyer (72).
Ken Klatka's clan had a great day overall, as the team took 12 first-place finishes.
Miller, a senior from Storrs, Conn., finished first in the following four events -- 110 hurdles (16.48), high jump (6-5), pole vault (13-7 1/4), and long jump (20-10 1/2). He also took a pair of thirds in the shot put (40-11) and the javelin (157-5). Overall, he scored 48 of the Pride's 283.50 points.
Another who had an excellent day was senior weight man Dominick Uguccioni (Colrain, Mass.). The All-American finished first in two events -- the shot put (47-10 1/2) and the hammer (176-3). Last year, Uguccioni finished 6th nationally at the NCAA Division III Championships in his specialty, the hammer.
Sophomore sprinter Steve Headley (Wilbraham, Mass.) had two firsts in the 100-meter dash (10.87) and the 200-meter dash (22.15). This past winter, he finished 5th nationally in the 55-meter dash at the NCAA Division III nationals in Ada, Ohio.
Freshman Kevin Behlmer (Attleboro, Mass.) captured first in the 400 hurdles (54.48). Junior Justin Ludwig (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) was first in the steeplechase, (10:16.83), making a 20-second improvement. Senior Tim Rehm (Waldwick, N.J.) finished first in the 400 (50.37), and added a third in the 200 (22.94). Senior Jeff Bartlett (West Newbury, Mass.) placed first in the 1500 (4:06.86) and third in the 800 (2:03.04).
There were others who had seconds and thirds. Freshman Nickel Hay (Norwalk, Conn.) took a second in the 200 (22.67). Freshman Emil Occhiboi (Brookfield, Conn.) took a second in the high jump (6-0). Freshman Alex Fallon (Tolland, Conn.) captured a second in the javelin (159-10).
Junior Mike Griffin (Scarborough, Maine) placed second in the 800 (2:01.01) and third in the 1500 (4:09.37). Jeff Bruno took a third in the 100 (11.46). Freshman Michael Cataldo (Deer Park, N.Y.) finished third in the discus (114-11). Freshman John Koziatek (East Lyme, Conn.) placed third in the pole vault (11-7 3/4). And finally, freshman Chris Quetant (Milford, Conn.) took two thirds in the 400 (51.20) and the high jump (5-10).
Springfield will next travel to WPI in Worcester this Friday (please note the date change; it had been Saturday) to take on the Engineers and the Coast Guard Bears at 12 noon.