Impressive performances at the Division III New England Championships gave the Springfield College Track and Field team some confidence heading into the New England NEICAAA Championships that took place Friday and Saturday at Boston University. With schools including Northeastern, UMass Amherst, and Westfield State competing in the championships, Springfield was in for a lot of competition. Having some experience under their belts, the Pride would be prepared to showcase more impressive performances to begin Friday night.
The meet began with strong showcases on Friday night. Senior Alex Niemiec lead the way for the pride with his impressive performance in high jump nearly eclipsing a seven-foot jump. It was a good finish for Niemiec, who was looking to finish his indoor track career strong. Sophomore Brad Deckel continued to impress with his 4th place finish in the pole vault competition. Deckel showed everyone his talent after a strong campaign during the regular season. With strong performances to start the New England Championships, the focus went on to the women to continue the success after the men’s’ 16th place overall finish.
With the men starting off strong, the women did not disappoint. Senior Carly Markos continued her impressive season finishing in second place in weight throw. Markos broke her own Springfield College record in the weight throw competition nearly completing a 60-foot throw. The distance medley team continued the night finishing in 12th lead by Sarah Skillin, Macayla Lachance, Kristen Madeia, and Marie Harrington. It was an imposing effort for the women as they would go on to finish 23rd overall.
After a grueling two days for the Springfield College Track and Field team, the Pride represented with some impressive performances. Continued excellence and work have shown to pay off for the team after an already impressive season. With some experience in postseason play, the team looks prepared to compete in the upcoming meets. Springfield will look to continue its strong play in the upcoming ECAC Championships.