SPRINGFIELD, Mass., -- April 21, 2007 -- Springfield track and field proved to be less than a kind host to their competition in the Springfield College Invite which took place on April 21. In the seven-school, non-team scoring meet, the Pride men and women won 21 of the 36 total events on the strength of 16 different first place athletes.
Freshman Nikki Hay (Norwalk, Conn.) once again performed admirably for Springfield, winning two of her four events, and placing second and third in the two others. Hay's winning time of 25.85 seconds in the 200-meter dash was a personal best that not only won the event; it gave her the second best time of the year for all Div. III New England runners.
Hay's other win came in the triple jump, her best leap at 37’0 ¼”. She took second in the long jump (16’ 7”), and third in the 100-meter dash (12.58 seconds).
Sophomore Kelsey Bishop (Warwick, R.I.) won the hammer throw with a toss of 170’ 8”, more than 28-feet more than her closest competition. Bishop went on to win the discus throw as well with a final of 103’ 2”.
On the men's side it was a similar duo leading the Springfield charge. Freshman Steve Headley (Wilbraham, Mass.) won both the 100-meter dash (10.70 seconds), and the 200-meter dash (21.79). He was accompanied by senior Alex Kampersal (Natick, Mass.), who finished first in the shot put (54’ 5 ½”), and the discus throw (142’ 1”).
Other first place finishers on the men's side included senior Tim Rehm (Waldwick, N.J.) who won the 400-meter dash (50.11), Jeff Bartlett (West Newbury, Mass.) in the 1500-meter run (4:04.67), Tony Larkin (Walpole, Mass.) in the 400-meter hurdles (56.85), and Chris Okerblom (Salisbury, Md.) in the Pole Vault (10’ 11 ¾”).
The other winners in the women's meet were Katie Parente (Torrington, Conn.) taking the 400-meter dash (59.36), Kristyn Meade (Raynham, Mass.) in the 800-meter run (2:26.73), Alyssa Brigham (Penacook, N.H.) in the long distance 5000-meter run (19:02.57), Kayla Robertson (Peace Dale, R.I) in the high jump (5’ 0 ¼”), and Allison Bradshaw who took the win in the shot put with a toss of 36’ 10 ½”.
Springfield College earned two more wins on the day in both the men's and the women's 4x400 relay. The men crossed the finish line in 3:25.46, and the women in 4:07.26.
Just down the Mass Pike another Springfield College runner had a great day on Thursday-Friday (April 19-20) in the decathlon meet at Holy Cross. Junior Mike Miller (Storrs, Conn.) finished second overall with a score of 6142, a total that was bettered only by close friend Steve Blum of the Coast Guard Academy (6197). Miller’s score was the best he has ever achieved at this still early stage of the outdoor track season, and allowed him to qualify provisionally for the NCAA Division III nationals in late May. It included a personal best of 180’ 2” in the javelin.