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Men's Track and Field Cruises In Final Home Meet of the Season

Steve Creamer Complete Results

Springfield, Mass. - February 6, 2010 - In its final home indoor meet of the season, the Springfield College men's track and field team picked up seven individual victories en route to a dominating performance on Saturday afternoon. In a meet comprised of six teams, Springfield won with 204 points, followed by Trinity (112), Eastern Conn. State (71), Stevens (64), AIC (35), and Rutgers-Newark (10).

Steve Headley raced past the competition en route to a first place finish in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.42. Classmate Matt Amendola posted a strong effort in the 200-meter crossing the line in 23.42 for a second place finish.

Dominance on the track continued as the junior duo of Nickel Hay and Chris Quetant took first and second places respectively in the 400-meter. Hay finished in 50.49 with Quetant close behind finishing in 50.56.

James Dang continued his impressive freshman campaign by besting the competition in the 600-meter with a time of 1:26.29. The 800-meter saw the Pride take first, second, and third place accolades. Junior Troy French finished in 1:58.58 to win the event, while sophomore Russell Johnson narrowly defeated classmate Adam Sickler by .03 to take second place.

Another trifecta occurred in the 1,000-meter run as Stephen Creamer finished first in 2:33.19, with teammates Zach Pietras and Ryan O’Connell close behind to finish in second and third places, respectively.

Freshman Anthony Salvucci was victorious in the 3,000-meter topping the field in 8:58.41. Rounding out top performers on the track was the 4x400 relay team of Emil Occhiboi, Kevin Coyle, Kevin Vieser, and Greg Coleman who finished second in 3:31.98.

In the field, John Koziatek finished second in pole vault with a vault of 12-3 1/4 to finish in second place, while Kyle Brown finished third. Coyle turned in yet another strong performance in the long jump, recording a first place jump of 22-4 1/2.

Nick Hogan placed second in the shot put with a throw of 42-8 1/4, just ahead of teammate Jonathan Nardi who threw 41-10 1/2. Hogan also finished second in the weight throw with a throw of 47-2 1/2.

The Pride will return to action next Saturday when they travel to Boston, Mass. for the Valentine’s 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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