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Men's Track and Field Powers Past Field To Claim First Out of Seven Teams

Nickel Hay Complete Results

Springfield, Mass. -- February 5, 2011 -- The Springfield College men's track & field team found points from many different sources in placing first of seven combatents in an indoor meet today at the Springfield College Field House. The Pride scored 221 points to outduel Oneonta, which finished with 123 points.

Remaining team scores included Trinity with 82, Stevens Tech with 54, Eastern Connecticut State with 34, Rutgers-Newark with 6, and Manhattanville with 2.

From a Springfield College point of view, there were many fine performances.

Nickel Hay had a pair of first-place finishes -- in the 55-meter dash (6.49) and in the 200-meter dash (22.63). In the 200, in fact, SC finished one through five, with Tom Brognano (23.53), Garrett Sharnick (23.71), Dylan Brock (23.73), and Sean Nunan (23.79) following Hay.

In the 400-meter dash, SC went two through four, led by Fernando Beltran (52.24), and trailed by Nunan (52.59), and Alex Harrington (53.01).

In a pair of middle-distance runs, the Pride captured a pair of firsts -- in the 800 with Troy French (1:59.16) and in the 1000 with Ryan O'Connell (2:32.50). Zach Pietras also took third in the 800 (2:01.87). while SC actually finished one through four in the 1000, with Stephen Creamer (2:32.79), Matt Scully (2:37.12), and Steven Gilfeather (2:41.22) behind O'Connell.

In the 3000, Anthony Salvucci placed second (9:09.31) and Alex Murray fifth (9:23.57). The 55-meter hurdles saw Sam Weiss take fourth in 8.48 seconds and Joseph Taggart take sixth in 8.91.

In the 4x400-meter relay, the SC team of Beltran, Kevin Coyle, Kevin Behlmer, and Hay placed first in 3:32.66.

SC also did well in the field events. The Pride went two through four in the high jump -- with Emil Occhiboi finishing second (6-1 1/2), William Ferguson third (5-11 1/2), and Kevin Ross fourth (5-9 3/4). In the pole vault, Brandon Gruver took third (11-7 3/4).

Coyle had another outstanding day in the long jump, placing first in 23-feet even. Right behind Coyle were Brock in second 21-0 3/4, and Kyle Brown third in 20-5 3/4.

In the triple jump, SC had a fifth and a sixth -- Vijay Saxena in fifth (39-2 1/2) and Kyle Erland (38-10 1/2).

The shot put produced a bunch of points. Orlando Harvey took first in 46-3 1/4. SC also took third through sixth. Joe Bonano was a third-place finisher at 44-4, Michael Cataldo fourth at 43-9 1/4, Jonathan Nardi fifth at 41-7, and Nick Hogan sixth at 41-1 3/4. Finally, in the weight throw, SC went three through five. It was Hogan third at 43-4 1/4, Scott Leech fourth at 41-8 1/2, and Cataldo fifth at 40-10 1/2.

Next Saturday (Feb. 12), the SC men will travel to the BU Invitational.

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Ken Klatka 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. Read more.

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