Springfield, Mass.-– April 9, 2011 -– The Springfield College men’s track and field team performed well on Saturday afternoon, winning its three-team meet with Middlebury and Bowdoin.
The Pride men tallied 182 points while Middlebury finished second with 137 and Bowdoin came in third with 87.
Springfield senior sprinter Nickel Hay dominated his events, winning both the 100 meter and 200 meter dash events. In the 100, Hay clocked in at 11.18 seconds for the easy win. He also cruised in the 200, crossing the finish line in 22.39 seconds.
The Pride swept the top three positions in both the 100 and 200, as Hay was joined in the top-3 by Kyle Brown and Garrett Sharnick in the 100 and Sharnick and Tom Brognano in the 200. In the 100 meter Brown ran an 11.58 time for his second place finish while Sharnick finished just behind him in third. In the 200 meter Sharnick posted a 23.08 time ahead of Brognano at 23.22.
Springfield also got event wins from Chris Quetant in the 400 meter dash and Brian Fuller in the 5000 meter distance event. Quetant ran a time of 49.75 seconds in the finals to get the win, while Fuller cruised to the first place finish in the 5000 with a time of 14:53.89, winning by more than 20 seconds.
Others that ran well for the Pride included Kevin Behlmer in the 400 meter event. Behlmer grabbed third place with a time of 50.31 seconds. In the 800 meter run, senior Troy French also earned the third place slot, finishing in 1:59.21.
In the 1500 meter distance event, cross country standout Ryan O’Connell placed second at 4:03.23 with teammate Stephen Creamer coming in right behind him at 4:03.82.
In the relay events, Springfield won the 4x100 meter behind the performance of Brognano, Hay, Brown, and Sharnick. The foursome sprinted to a time of 42.86 seconds to earn the first place points. In the 4x400 event, Fernando Beltran, Quetant, Alex Harrington, and Behlmer teamed up to finish third, clocking in at 3:30.17.
The Pride men competed strong in the field events as well, winning six events. Kevin Coyle continued to perform well in the long jump, taking first with a leap of 7.04m. Coyle would also take the triple jump at 14.06m with teammate Dylan Brock coming in third with a distance of 12.42m.
Springfield took the top three spots in the high jump, with William Ferguson winning at 1.86m and Kevin Ross finishing second just behind him. Emil Occhiboi took third with a jump of 1.81m.
In the throwing events, Joe Bonano won the shot put with a toss of 13.44m, beating out teammate Jonathan Nardi whose toss of 13.24m was good for second place. In the discus throw, Nick Hogan’s distance of 36.62 won easily, while Michael Cataldo finished second at 34.62m.
Hogan would go on to take second in the hammer throw, tossing 41.98m to earn the points. In the final event, sophomore Ryan Ux continued to fare well in the javelin throw, winning at 56.27m. Freshman Parker Ashton-Youngs finished third at 52.75m.
The Springfield men will be home again next Saturday to host WPI and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.