Men's Track & Field Wins ECAC Championship
, May 16, 2003 -- The Springfield College men’s track & field team captured its second consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship on Friday.
The Pride outdistanced New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champion MIT, which also hosted the two-day meet. On the women’s side, SC placed 12th out of 47 scoring teams.
SC senior Jason Jackson (Phippsburg, Maine)
had a sensational meet, running to first place in the 100 meters (10.74) and 200 meters (21.73). Sophomore All-American Blake Gulino (Old Saybrook, Conn.)
won the long jump (23 feet, 4 ¾ inches), and senior Adam Hughes (Bridgewater, Conn.)
finished second in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.75).
SC’s 4 X 400-meter relay team – junior Pawel Jaroszewicz (East Longmeadow, Mass.)
, senior Chris Roy (Fairhaven, Mass.)
, junior Art Fredericks (Wallingford, Conn.)
and senior Mike Notary (Bethelhem, Pa.)
– finished second (3:18.41), just behind Bowdoin (3:18.15). The Pride’s 4 X 100-meter relay team of freshman Billy King (Wilmington, Mass.)
, freshman Chris Keyser (West Newbury, Mass.)
, senior Vinnie Mazzaferro (Brimfield, Mass.)
and Roy turned in a third-place performance (43.40).
Senior Erin Pac (Farmington, Conn.)
, who is also a member of the U.S. Bobsled National Team, led the SC women by coming in second place in the heptathlon with 4,077 points. Junior Leyla Williams (Unionville, N.Y.)
was third in the hammer throw (47.38 meters).
Junior Suzie Snyder (Averill Park, N.Y.)
finished 12th with a school-record pole vault of 10 feet, 4 inches. Snyder also holds the school indoor record of 10 feet, 6 inches set in 2002.
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
| Phone: 413.748.3230