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Salvucci, Toal Qualify for New England's With Wins in Men's Track Meet

Anthony Salvucci Complete Results

Springfield, Mass. -- April 13, 2013 -- Anthony Salvucci and Ken Toal registered impressive individual victories for their Springfield College men's track & field team in a tri-meet versus WPI and Coast Guard Saturday afternoon at SC's Blake Track. The wins allowed each member of the Pride to qualify for the New England Division III Championships early next month.

WPI proved victorious in the meet from a team standpoint by scoring 186.5 points. Coast Guard took second with 117.5, while Springfield placed third with 102 points.

Toal, a sophomore, finished first in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.17 seconds, defeating his nearest rival, Ditton Kawalya of WPI who ran the distance in 11.22 seconds.

Salvucci, a senior, copped the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:26.98. That time was good enough to win by just over 23 seconds. In that same event, SC's Zach Pietras, also a senior, finished third in 10:03.37, while sophomore Joe Geurds placed sixth in 10:16.84.

There were a few more first-place finishers for the Pride on the day. They included sophomore Tim Johansmeyer in the long jump who placed first with a leap of 20-feet, 3-inches. Johansmeyer was making his first appearance of the spring. Right behind was freshman Sam Baker in second at 19-feet, 5 1/4-inches. Freshman Carlton Wliliamson (19-feet even) and freshman Michael Hiltz (18-feet, 11 1/4-inches) placed fourth and fifth in the same event.

Johansmeyer placed third in the triple jump with a hop-skip-jump of 41-feet, 8 1/2-inches.

A pair of Springfield freshmen finished 1-3 in the shot put. Brandon Hammerstrom placed first with a toss of 43-feet, 2 1/4-inches, while Brandon Alves took third in 41-feet, 1/4-inch.

In the hammer throw, SC also finished 1-3. Junior John Dayton dominated with a winning throw of 173-feet, 11-inches. In third was freshman P.J. Andrews in 159-feet, 8-inches.

In the 400 meter hurdles, senior Sean Nunan placed second with a mark of 56.46 seconds.

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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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