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Men's Track and Field Takes Third at NEWMAC Championships

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Northampton, Mass. - April 30, 2012 - The Springfield College men's track and field team finished third at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Smith College.

Highlighting the afternoon's winners was Zach Pietras, who won the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a NEWMAC record time of 9:17.15. Anthony Salvucci was crowned the 10,000 meter champion with a winning time of 31:26.52, while Nolan Manley won the 400 meter hurdles 57.14. In the shot put, Mason Durant recorded a heave of 14.65 to win the title, while teammate Orlando Harvey was the runner-up with a 14.51.

In the 100 meter dash, Garrett Sharnick took fourth in 11.28, while teammate Ken Toal placed seventh in 11.64. Sharnick also crossed the finish line seventh in the 200 in 22.91

Springfield has a very strong showing in the 800, placing four runners in the top eight. Matt Scully led the way with the fifth-place finish (1:57.98), followed by Ryan O'Connell (1:58.79), Pietras (1:59.26), and Steven Gilfeather (1:59.84).

O'Connell also took fourth in the 1,500 with a 3:56.96, while the 5,000 meter run saw Brian Fuller finish as the runner-up in 15:20.54. Erich Voelker also scored points for the Pride in the 5,000 with a time of 15:26.71 to finish fifth.

Both Sam Weiss and Manley placed in the 110 meter hurdles, with Weiss taking seventh in 16.45, followed by Manley in 17.99. Sean Nunan finished third in the 400 hurdles in 59.24.

In the 4x100 relay, Sharnick, Toal, David Seronick and Travis Samuels clocked in at 43.84 to finish fourth. The Pride's 4x400 relay unit of Walker Smith, Scully, Aaron Michel, and Nunan also took fourth in 3:34.51.

In the high jump, Dale DeCouta was fourth posting a distance of 1.86m, while Brandon Gruver notched a fifth-place height of 3.74m in the pole vault.

Jessie Charette jumped 6.31m in the long jump to take fourth, and Tim Johansmeyer had a distance of 6.21m to finish sixth.

Durant and Harvey went 3-4 in the discus with marks of 41.26m and 39.95m, respectivley. Teammate Scott Leech was eighth in the event with a 37.36, while John Dayton was the conference runner up in the hammer throw after reaching a distance of 49.29m

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