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Men's Track & Field Falls to Middlebury Despite Eight Event Winners

Joe Taggert Springfield, Mass. - April 5, 2014 - The Springfield College men's track & field team had eight individual event winners on Saturday, despite falling to visiting Middlebury, 100-85. The Pride was led by Alex Niemiec (Chicopee, Mass.) a double-event winner.

Niemiec took first in both the high jump and the long jump, winning the high jump with a height of 6-2 and the long jump with a leap of 23-06.

Jacob Buhelt (Falmouth, Maine) won the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.94, nearly two seconds faster than the second place finisher while Jacob Simons (Naugatuck, Conn.) won the 800m with a first place time of 2:02.53. Brian Stacy (Belchertown, Mass.) won the triple jump with a distance of 41-04.50 and finished third in the long jump (21 feet). Brandon Hammerstrom (Auburn, N.H.) won the shot put with a toss of 43-01.50 and finished second in the hammer throw (126-08). PJ Andrews (Lincoln, R.I.) also won for Springfield, taking first in the hammer throw (146-06) and second in the discus (113-10). Parker Ashton-Youngs (Tolland, Conn.) easily won the javelin for Springfield with a distance of 173-04.

The Pride also had a several second place finishers on Saturday including Buhelt, who took second in the 200m in a time of 23.37. Sam Baker (Durham, Conn.) placed second in the high jump with a height of 6-2 while Joe Geurds (Albany, N.Y.) was runner up in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:41.16.

Springfield had two second place relay teams. The 4x100 relay team of Marcus Brown (Randolph, Mass.), Ken Toal (Newtown, Conn.), Buhelt and Niemiec ran a combined time of 43.50 while the 4x400 team of Simons, Benjamin Malin, Jared Ombati (Manchester, N.H.) and Tim Johansmeyer (Norton, Mass.) finished with a time of 3:42.76.

Ryan O'Connell (Middleboro, Mass.) placed second in the 1500 run with a time of 4:13.95 and Joe Taggert (Castleton, Vt.) finished second in the 110 hurdles in 16.82.

Next Saturday, Springfield will head to Coast Guard for a tri-meet with WPI.

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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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