NEW HAVEN, Conn., March, 3, 2005 – Many Springfield College athletes performed well tonight at the Trinity Last Chance Indoor Track and Field Meet held at Yale University’s Cox Cage in New Haven, Conn. There were no team scores in the competition. The Last Chance Meet is a meet held to allow athletes one more opportunity to qualify for the NCAA National Championships.
On the men’s side, seniors Billy King (Wilmington, Mass.) and Chris Keyser (West Newbury, Mass.) placed first and second in the 200-meter dash with times of 22.77 seconds and 23.25 seconds, respectively.
Pride junior Alex Kampersal (Natick, Mass.) heaved the shot put 52’ 1 ½” for a second-place finish. In the weight throw, sophomore Dominic Uguccioni (Colrain, Mass.) finished in third place with a toss of 51’ 11”. Sophomore Nick DeCelle (Mechanicville, N.Y.) hopped-skipped-and-jumped 43’ 7 ½” to finish in fifth place. SC senior Rashaad Roach (East Haven, Conn.) finished in seventh place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.75 seconds.
For the women’s squad, freshman Silvienne Krosendijk (Seroe Biento, Aruba) won the long jump with a leap of 17’ 10 ¼”. Fellow freshman jumper Vanessa Ricketts (Greenfield, Mass.) took fourth place in both the long jump and triple jump with jumps of 16’ 10 ¾” and 34’ 7 ½”, respectively. Junior Rachel DiSaia (Waterford, Conn.) finished in second place in the weight throw with a personal collegiate-best toss of 46’ 3”. SC freshman Lara Dalidowitz (Southington, Conn.) finished in seventh place in the high jump with a leap of 5’ 1/4”.
In the 400-meter dash, junior Jen McBride (Mechanicville, N.Y.) finished in fifth place with a time of 59.39 seconds, and senior Alisha Miner (Sanbornton, N.H.) finished right behind her in sixth place with a time of 1:00.46. McBride and Miner were also members of the 4x400-meter relay team, along with freshman Katie Parente (Torrington, Conn.) and sophomore Kristyn Meade (Raynham, Mass.), that took second place with a time of 4:01.65.
In other news, Kampersal and Krosendijk have qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn, and have learned of their national rankings in the upcoming championship meet.
Kampersal qualified in the shot put at the Bowdoin Invitational on January 28 with a throw of 54’ 2”. He is ranked 10th nationally going into the Championships. Krosendijk is also ranked 10th nationally in the long jump going into the Championships with a leap of 18’ 4 ½” which she accomplished at the Harvard Invitational back on December 10.