NEW LONDON, Conn., April 22, 2006 - Springfield College senior Billy King (Wilmington, Mass.) had quite a day for the Pride men's track and field team, winning the 200-meter dash (22.70), finishing third in the 100-meter dash (11.41), while anchoring the 4 x 100 (42.96) and 4 x 400 (3:22.46)-meter relay teams to first-place finishes as SC captured the team title out of 16 competing squads at this afternoon's Silfen Invitational, hosted by Connecticut College.
The Pride compiled 127 total team points to win the Invitational. The Coast Guard Academy finished second with 104.5 team points, as Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) finished third with 89.5 points, and Westfield State College rounded out the top four with 79.5 total team points on the day.
SC's winning 4 x 100-meter relay squad consisted of senior Chris Keyser (West Newbury, Mass.), King, sophomore Tim Rehm (Waldrick, N.J.), and senior Rashaad Roach (East Haven, Conn.). The Pride's victorious 4 x 400-meter relay team consisted of junior Dave Forrette (Chicopee, Mass.), Keyser, King, and freshman Eric Nacsin (East Longmeadow, Mass.).
In the field events, junior Alex Kampersal (Natick, Mass.) won the shot put competition with a toss of 49 feet, five inches. Sophomore John Lewis (Fitchburg, Mass.) had a solid day for SC, finishing first in the discus throw (154' 4") and third in the hammer throw (162' 2").
On the women's side, graduate student Sarah Martin (Madison, N.H.) took home first-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (16.34), the high jump competition (35' 2"), and was the third leg of the Pride's winning 4 x 100-meter relay team (50.73) as the SC women also captured the team title out of 16 competing squads at the Connecticut College hosted Silfen Invitational.
The Pride compiled a team total of 160 points to win the Invitational for the second consecutive season. The Coast Guard Academy came in second with 125 points, as Conn. College finished in third with 106 points, and Westfield State College rounded out the top four with 56 total team points.
SC's winning 4 x 100-meter relay squad consisted of freshman Katie Parente (Torrington, Conn.), senior Yasmin Goris (Worcester, Mass.), Martin, and freshman Silvienne Krosendijk (Seroe Biento, Aruba). The Pride's victorious 4 x 400-meter relay team, which finished in a time of 4:12.23, consisted of senior Alisha Miner (Sanbornton, N.H.), sophomore Kristyn Meade (Raynham, Mass.), Parente, and freshman Eva Gibson-Mueller (Ipswich, Mass.).
Miner, who was the opening leg of SC's 4 x 400-meter relay team, also finished first in the 400-meter hurdles this afternoon with a time of 68.50. Parente, the opening leg of the Pride's 4 x 100-meter relay squad, finished first in the 200-meter dash with a 27.40 time.
In the field events, first-year Kelsey Bishop (Warwick, R.I.) finished first in the hammer throw for SC with an even mark of 162 feet. The toss qualified Bishop for the Open New Englands and the NCAA Division III Championship meets later this season, an impressive feat for a freshman. The Pride's Krosendijk finished first in the long jump competition with a leap of 17 feet, four and one-fourths inches. Junior Adrienne Sayward (Salem, N.H.) also chipped in with a first-place performance, winning the javelin event with a throw of exactly 115 feet.
SC's men's and women's track and field teams will next compete in the NEWMAC Championships on Saturday afternoon, April 29th, in a meet hosted by MIT.