Springfield, Mass -- May 17, 2013 -- The Bates men and the Rowan women captured the 2013 ECAC Division III Track & Field championships this afternoon following the second day of competition at Springfield College's Blake Track.
A total of 1,400 student-athletes from 97 institutions competed.
Final results of the competition can be accessed by clicking here. See winners from Day Two listed further below.
In addition, the order of scheduled events can be found here.
Friday, May 17
The Bates College men won its third straight ECAC Division III Track & Field Championship by amassing 79 points at Springield College's Blake Track. After all was said and done, Bates won by its most lopsided margin of the three straight titles, winning by 24 points over second-place Oneonta. The Bobcats defeated Rowan by 12 points in 2012, and Williams by 19 points in 2011.
Oneonta scored 55 points, and was followed in the top 10 by first-day leader Tufts (45.33), Cortland (43.33), MIT (40), Moravian (34), Buffalo State (32), Brockport State (31), Williams (26), and Ithaca (22). A total of 65 teams scored.
Bates senior David Pless accounted for 30 points all by himself by winning the hammer, discus, and shot put. He was the only performer, man or woman, in the meet who won more than one event.
On the women's side, it was Rowan which pulled away at the very end, scoring a total of 63 points to win its first title. Rowan had finished seventh a year ago, and had not placed in the top five in this meet -- at least since 1984. This snapped a three-meet winning streak by Ithaca -- winners of this title in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Behind Rowan's 63 points were Wheaton (Mass.) with 57, Tufts (52), Ithaca and first-day leader MIT (each with 51), Cortland (39), Worcester State (35), Geneseo State (32), St. Lawrence (29), and Ramapo (27).
In the men's decathlon, junior Clay Kosack of Coast Guard scored 6384 points to win it by a dominant 277 points over senior Alec Svoboda of Ithaca (6107). Others who scored included junior Theodore Paquin of Colby-Sawyer (6098), sophomore Devin Francillon of Frostburg State (5871), junior Samuel Ellis of RPI (5863), sophomore Eric Wainman of Bates (5841), freshman Devin Cornelius of St. John Fisher (5830), and senior Henry Morales of UMass Boston (5687).
In the women's heptathlon, junior Jaclyn Konopka earned the 10 points for MIT as she produced 4625 points. Sophomore Taylor Hudson of Cortland State finished second with 4511 points, and junior Alexis Maylor of Delaware State placed third with 4435 points. Further point-scorers included sophomore Alyssa Jasper of Worcester State (4416), freshman Emily Ziegler of Ithaca (4397), junior Abigail Bishop of Coast Guard (4282), senior Amanda Zakoska of Smith (4204), and sophomore Amira Dardir of Stevens (3930).
For the home team, the Springfield College women were able to add to its first-day total of two points with four scoring events. The Pride finished with a total of 14 points, 12 coming in the second day of competition. Junior Gabriella Gaudreault finished fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:14.64, good for five points. Senior Laurie Jenkins placed sixth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.29 seconds for three points. Sophomore Amanda Martin had a seventh-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 4 1/2-inches, good for two points. And finally, the 4x100 meter relay also took seventh with a time of 48.57, good for two points.That quartet included senior Crystal Davis, Jenkins, freshman Jessica Miller, and sophomore Elizabeth Saia. Overall, the SC women placed in a tie for 20th of 57 scoring teams.
The SC men finished with their first-day total of nine points by virtue of senior Anthony Salvucci's 2nd-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase, and of junior John Dayton's eighth-place finish in the hammer throw. SC placed in a tie for 35th overall of 65 scoring teams.
Day Two Men's Results -- Winners
4x100 Meter Relay
Oneonta -- 41.59
Nick Barron, Bates -- 3:52.68
110 High Hurdles
Matt Bundy, Wesley -- 14.26
Jabulani Blyden, Williams -- 47.93
David Pless, Bates -- 166-10
Cory Cox, Buffalo State -- 23-6
Sean Bernstein, Oneonta -- 10.32
Ryan Widzgiwski, Keene State -- 1:51.83
400 Meter HiH
Demetrius Rooks, Rowan -- 51.79
Tyler Singer-Clark, MIT -- 21.37
David Pless, Bates -- 61-10 1.2
4x800 Meter Relay
Oneonta -- 7:43.85
Justin Turner, Gwynedd-Mercy -- 6-9
Clay Kosack, Coast Guard -- 6384 points
After 22 Events -- Bates 79, Oneonta 55, Tufts 45.33, Cortland 43.33
Day Two Women's Results -- Winners
4x100 Meter Relay
Buffalo State -- 46.99
Jaclyn Konopka, MIT -- 4625 points
100 Meter Hurdles
Ashante Little, Wheaton (Mass.) -- 13.89
Cailin Kowalewski, Genseo State -- 4:31.14
Naloti Palma-Kalum, Westfield State -- 43-11 3/4
Laura Pumphrey, WPI -- 5-6 1/2
Shailah Williams, Rowan -- 54.32
Tobi Alli, Lehman -- 11.92
Jennifer Randall, Ithaca -- 2:11.77
400 Meter Hurdles
Allison Hoh, Geneseo State -- 1:01.62
Sarah Bonnell, Cortland State -- 19-5 1/4
Danisha Higgs, Albright -- 24.42
Kelly Allen, Tufts -- 156-4
Bates -- 9:10.28
After 22 Events -- Rowan 63, Wheaton (Mass.) 57,Tufts 52, Ithaca & MIT 51