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Men -- Day One of 2008 ECAC Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Thursday, May 15 Decathlon Day 1 Results

Men's Day 1 Results

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- May 15, 2008 – The first day of the ECAC Division III Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships at Springfield College's Blake Track is complete. Weather conditions went from overcast to sunny in the afternoon, and then remained pleasant and cool through the evening. The women's hammer did not finish until 9:30 pm.

Here are the team scores through five events. Please note that complete results have been posted above in this space and individual champions have been posted below.

Men's Team Scores (thru Day 1): 1) Cortland State 29; 2) MIT 18; 3) Brockport State 14; 4) WPI 12; T5) Southern Maine and Westfield State 11; T7) Bates, Ithaca, St. Lawrence 7; 10) Rochester 9; T11) Coast Guard, Williams 8; T13) RIT, Trinity 6; 15) RPI 5; T16) Bowdoin, Tufts, Washington & Jefferson 4; T19) Amherst, Penn State-Behrend, Springfield, Ursinus 3; 23) Rutgers-Camden 2; T24) Middlebury, Moravian 1. Among individuals, five champions were crowned.

The first 10 points of the meet were provided by Greg Tao of MIT in the pole vault. He leaped 4.70 meters or 15 feet, 5 inches. That was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Kyle O'Brien of Cortland State captured the 3000-meter steeplechase with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 9:10.95. Richard McNeil of Bates won the hammer throw with an NCAA provisional qualifying toss of 56.12 meters (184-1). Drew Soltysiak of Westfield State provided some local excitement by winning the javelin with an NCAA provisional qualifying toss of 59.74 meters (196-0). And finally, Dan Ramsey of St. Lawrence had one of the more outstanding performances of the day in the 10,000 meters with his NCAA provisional qualifying time of 30:34.44 -- an ECAC Division III Meet and Blake Track record. Both marks had been previously held by Nick End of Carnegie Mellon at 31:08.05 set in this meet in 2005.

The following includes all the Decathlon results through Day One. Senior Nathan Scott of Tufts, seeded 13th, is the Day One leader with 3370 points.
Men's Decathlon
thru five events Includes all 15 competitors
Nathan Scott, Tufts -- 3370 pts.; Noah Rappahahn, Cortland State -- 3369; Nick Perzanoski, St. Lawrence -- 3352; Adam Waddell, Johns Hopkins -- 3327; Benjamin Roy, WPI -- 3232; Steve Blum, Coast Guard -- 3215; Derek Engelking, Tufts -- 3214; Johh Miley, Bates -- 3144; Nick Wilson, Cortland State -- 3131; Mike Blenk, Moravian -- 3128; Cory Petermann, Ithaca -- 3113; Jesse Cremeans, Coast Guard -- 3076; Justin Del Plano, DeSales -- 2839; Beau Belanger, Coast Guard -- 2794; Michael Stark, Penn State-Behrend -- 2740.

From a Springfield College point of view, sophomore Steve Headley (Wilbraham, Mass.), seeded second, finished first in the preliminaries of the 100 meter dash with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 10.72. The finals will be held on Saturday at 12:30 pm. In events that had finals today, senior John Lewis (Fitchburg, Mass.) placed sixth in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.13 meters (167-9). He provided Springfeld's three points.

For all the results from Day One, please click within the text of the boxes above.

Friday's events will start with the decathlon high hurdles and the heptathlon long jump at 10:00 am. The last scheduled event is the 4x400 women's relay at 4:20 pm.

2008 Men's ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Champions Event Name School Time/Distance/Height 100m 200m 400m 800m 1,500m 3,000m Steeplechase Kyle O'Brien Cortland State 9:10.95 5,000m 10,000m Dan Ramsey St. Lawrence 30:34.44(ECAC & Blake Track record) 110 hurdles 400 hurdles 4x100 relay 4x400 relay High Jump Pole Vault Greg Tao MIT 4.70 m; 15'5" Long Jump Triple Jump Shot Put Discus Hammer Richard McNeil Bates 56.12m , 184' 01" Javelin Drew Soltysiak Westfield State 59.74m; 196'00" Decathlon

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