Berea, Ohio - May 29, 2010 - Senior Steve Headley capped off his illustrious collegiate career by repeating as national champion in the 100 meter dash on Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Headley also finished national runner-up in the 200, while the 4x100 relay team also finished national-runner up in a tremendous team performance.
As a team, Springfield finished tied for fifth at the 2010 NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 26 points, the same total as Wheaton College. North Central College was crowned the overall champion with 53 points.
Headley, who claimed the national crown a year ago after running a 10.51, took home his second-straight national title in the 100 meter dash this year. Today, Headley ran the fastest time in Division III this season and reset the stadium record and his own school record he broke in the prelims with a 10.33. In the prelims, the Wilbraham, Mass. native crossed the finish line in 10.36 Headley's winning time ranks as the seventh fastest performance in Division III history.
"It feels great. It’s a lot of hard work and it’s very rewarding," explained Headley. "The first time I won it was such a cool thing, but it’s definitely harder the second time around just to repeat and people are gunning for you this time. It’s just great to know that all my hard work paid off in the end."
In the 200 meter dash, Headley finished in second behind eventual national champion Eric Woodruff of Moravian. Headley ran a time of 21.15 to finish second, while Woodruff repeated as national champion after recording a time of 21.04. Last season, Headley finished third in the 200 meter final.
The 4x100 relay team's performance was spectacular as it finished second in the national final. Entering the finals as the sixth-seed with a qualifying time of 41.45, the team of Tom Brognano, Nickel Hay, Matt Amendola, and Headley ran a blazing time of 41.05 to earn All-American status. The Pride finished behind rival and fellow New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) member Wheaton College, who combined to a run a 40.77, the fastest time in Division III this season.