SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 1, 2006 – The Springfield College men’s track & field team finished first in a tri-meet with RPI and Westfield State this afternoon at Springfield’s Blake Field. Meanwhile, the Springfield College women fared well against Mount Holyoke, RPI, Smith, and Westfield State in a non-scoring meet that was going on simultaneously with the men.
On the men’s side, Springfield found itself trailing through much of the day, but came back to win several events late, including the 4x400 relay, to capture 1st with a score of 148.5 points. RPI placed 2nd with 139.5, and Westfield State 3rd with 90 points.
Junior Alex Kampersal (Natick, Mass.) finished 1st in the shot put with a toss of 16.04 meters, good for a national qualifying mark right out of the gate in his first outdoor meet of the season. Freshman Eric Nacsin (East Longmeadow, Mass.) also had a great time of 2:00.51 in the 800-meter run, in which he placed 1st.
There were several other winners representing the Pride. They included freshman Chris Westcott (Watertown, Conn.) in the 5000 (16:24.56), sophomore Joe Dubuc (South Hadley, Mass.) in the 100 High Hurdles (16.41), SC in the 4x100 relay (43.12), SC in the 4x400 relay (3:29.48), and sophomore John Lewis (Fitchburg, Mass.) in the discus (42.18 meters). SC Head Coach Ken Klatka was pleased with his team’s overall effort.
On the women’s side, SC Head Coach Jim Pennington was also pleased. Three of his athletes qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division III nationals this afternoon. They included freshman Kelsey Bishop (Warwick, R.I.), who finished 2nd in the hammer with a toss of 47.50 meters (155’10”), freshman Silvienne Krosendijk (Seroe Biento, Aruba), who finished 1st in the long jump at 5.61 meters (18’5”), and junior Adrienne Sayward (Salem, N.H.), who finished 1st in the javelin with a toss of 40.12 meters (131’7”).
Others who placed 1st for the Pride included senior Yasmin Goris (Worcester, Mass.) in the 100-meter dash (12.73), freshman Eva Gibson-Mueller (Ipswich, Mass.) in the 400-meter dash (62.56), sophomore Kristyn Meade (Raynham, Mass.) in the 800-meter run (2:25.23), and junior Natasha Landon (Hudson Falls, N.Y.) in the pole vault (9-feet even).
In addition, SC’s 4x100 relay 1st-place time of 49.42 is “probably the fastest in about 10 years here at Springfield College”, according to Coach Pennington. That team was comprised of Goris, freshman Vanessa Ricketts (Greenfield, Mass.), grad student Sarah Martin (Madison, N.H.), and Krosendijk. Also, Ricketts’ leap of 17’8 ¼” in the triple jump was the best of her career. She finished 2nd in that event today.
Next week, the Springfield men travel to Williams for the Williams Invitational. The SC women will travel to Tufts.