TROY, N.Y. – March 31, 2007 – Senior All-American Alex Kampersal of Springfield College heaved the shot put a personal best 55-11 ¾ to qualify provisionally for the NCAA Division III nationals and lead his men’s team to a first-place finish in the RPI Quadrangular Track & Field Meet this afternoon at RPI’s Harkness Field.
As a team, Springfield placed first with 301 points, followed very closely by RPI with 299. In third was St. Rose with 52 points, and finishing fourth was Plattsburgh State with 45.
Springfield Head Coach Ken Klatka was extremely pleased with the outcome. “I was happy with how we competed,” said Klatka. “Every single one of my guys gave it more than 100% effort.”
Kampersal’s effort in the shot put will allow him to compete in the New England Division III Championships at Springfield College May 3-5, the All-New England Championships at Dartmouth May 11-12, the ECAC Division III Championships at Oneonta State May 17-18, and the NCAA’s at Wisconsin-Oshkosh May 24-26. The 55-11 ¾ was seven inches shy of automatic qualifying, but “he’s pretty much assured of going with that mark” (Klatka).
A native of Natick, Mass., Kampersal won the shot put, but he was not the only SC performer to finish first. Also placing first was freshman Steve Headley (Wilbraham, Mass.) in the 100 (11.27), senior Dave Forrette (Chicopee, Mass.) in the 400 (50.73), sophomore Mike Griffin (Scarborough, Me.) in the 1500 (4:04.02), senior Jeff Cogan (Walworth, N.Y.) in the high jump (6-2), junior Jon Lewis (Fitchburg, Mass.) in the discus (148-1), junior Dominic Uguccioni (Colrain, Mass.) in the hammer (156-9), and senior Cameron Turchetti (South Deerfield, Mass.) in the javelin (161-4).
All of those marks (except for Turchetti’s) qualified for the New England Division III’s. Lewis’s mark also qualified him for the All-New England’s.
In addition, SC also won the 4x100 relay with a time of 43.77, and the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:26.79. The 4x100 included freshman Matt Amendola (Milford, Conn.) freshman Jermaine Bell (Boston, Mass.), junior Tim Rehm (Waldrick, N.J.), and Headley. The 4x400 included sophomore Chris Okerblom (Salisbury, Md.), Rehm, sophomore Eric Nacsin (East Longmeadow, Mass.), and Forrette.
Rehm also placed second in the 400 (51.38) and third in the 200 (22.06). Headley also placed second in the 200 (22.28, which qualified him for the New England Division III’s).
Lewis finished second in the hammer at 155-3, and Kampersal placed second in the discus at 134-3. Both of those marks also qualified for the New England Division III’s.
Next Saturday (Apr. 7), Springfield hosts Middlebury and Westfield State at Blake Field at 11 a.m.