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Pietras Leads Men's Track & Field At the ECAC's

Zach Pietras Troy, N.Y. -- May 18, 2012 -- The Springfield College men's track & field team placed 16th of 63 scoring teams at the ECAC Division III Championships the past two days at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The top point scorer for the Pride included junior Zach Pietras who finished second in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Pietras, who hails from Ludlow, Mass., ran a time of 9:02.27, just 44 hundredths of a second behind the leader.

There were three other point scorers for the Pride. They included junior Ryan O'Connell (Middleboro, Mass.), who finished fourth in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:51.91.

Sophomore Orlando Harvey (Chicopee, Mass.) took a fifth in the shot put with a toss of 15.79 meters.

And junior Anthony Salvucci (Burlington, Mass.) placed eighth in the 5000 meters with a time of 15:53.64.

Pietras scored eight points, O'Connell five, Harvey four, and Salvucci one.

Others from SC who competed included the 4x800 relay team, which finished ninth, just missing out in the point-scoring; and the 4x100 relay team, which finished 22nd.

In addition, sophomore Parker Ashton-Young (Tolland, Conn.) placed 13th in the javelin with a toss of 49.92 meters.

Next week, a select few will travel to Claremont, California for the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships.

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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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