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Men's Track and Field Finishes 3rd at NEWMAC Championships

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South Hadley, Mass. -- April 25, 2009 -- Junior Steve Headley (Wilbraham, Mass.) performed very well in his specialties, the 100 and 200 meter dashes, to lead his Springfield College men's track & field team to a third place finish in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Championships earlier today under warm and sunny skies at Mount Holyoke College.

As a team, the Pride finished third with 151 points. That was behind MIT's winning total of 230 points and WPI's second-place finish of 179. SC finished ahead of Coast Guard (137), Wheaton (56), and Babson (14).

In the 100 meter dash, Headley's winning time was 10.78 seconds. That was 26/100ths better than his nearest competitor. Headley had won the 55-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Indoor Nationals in March. In the 200 meters, Headley's winning time was 21.78 seconds. Headley also participated in the winning 4x100 meter relay, which finished with a school-record time of 41.51 seconds. Besides Headley, others in that 4x100 included junior Matt Amendola (Milford, Conn.), sophomore Tom Brognano (Rome, N.Y.), and sophomore Nickel Hay (Norwalk, Conn.). The old record of 41.78 was set in 1982, or some 27 years ago.

SC also won the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:19.94. Leading that charge were Brognano, sophomore Chris Quetant (Milford, Conn.), sophomore Kevin Behlmer (Attleboro, Mass.), and Hay.

Springfield had one other winner, and that was senior Mike Griffin (Scarborough, Me.) in the 800 meter run ((1:53.66). Griffin also finished fourth in the 1500 (4:07.40).

There were others who performed well for the Pride. Included was sophomore Emil Occhiboi (Brookfield, Conn.), who placed third in the high jump (5-10 3/4). Freshman Dylan Brock (Acton, Mass.) took third in the long jump (21-8). Freshman Justin Toussaint (Biddeford, Me.) placed third in the javelin (178-3). In the 400 meters, Hay finished second (48.80), while Quetant placed third (48.97).

In the 100 meters, Matt Amendola finished fourth (11.32). Finishing in the same spot in the 800 was freshman Adam Sickler (Kingston, N.Y.). And also finishing fourth in the 400 meter hurdles was Behlmer, as did freshman David Birdsall (Madison, Conn.) in the 5000 (16:13.79).

Certainly another highlight of the day was Springfield's finishing 1-2-3-4 in the 200. We have already mentioned Headley, who claimed first place. Behind him were Hay (22.26) in second, Matt Amendola (22.72) in third, and Brognano (22.99) in fourth.

Upcoming next week are the New England Division III Championships, which will be hosted by Springfield College at Blake Track, on Friday and Saturday, May 1-2.

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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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