By Chris Gionta
Springfield College hosted a third consecutive track and field meet, this time against Wheaton College. A relatively even meet was seen, and some Springfield student-athletes did particularly well on Saturday afternoon.
With relay events, the men’s team won their 4×100 race, while the women’s team came within eight tenths of a second.
The men’s 100-meter dash was led by six Springfield members, with Tyler Hansen leading the way, getting to the finish line in 10.89 seconds. The top six in the men’s 200-meter dash were also all on the Pride roster, with Thomas Czerwinski leading the way this time, and Hansen only three hundredths of a second behind for second place.
Damian Mackay-Morgan continued his excellence on the men’s 110-meter hurdle when he set another personal best (14.87 seconds) en route to a first-place finish where he finished over a full second ahead of the rest of the pack.
In the men’s 400-meter, 800-meter, and 5000-meter, a Pride student-athlete took home first place, with Rece Gobel, Russell Allen, and Liam Murphy winning those events respectively.
With the women’s competitions, Springfield College had first-place finishers in the 400-meter race, 800-meter, and the 1500-meter. Emma Roccaro, Kathryn Bonnano, and Kailyn Belecki won each of those events respectively. Springfield swept the top three in the 800-meter race.
In the women’s high jump, the top five spots were taken by the Pride, with Caroline Hitchcock grabbing first place. Madelyn Vianney set a personal best and took home first place in the women’s long jump when she sprang 5.40 meters. Matlyn Gross, meanwhile, was a full meter ahead of the next best competitor in the women’s triple jump. With the women’s hammer throw, Christa Carr was able to reach a personal best while taking first place with a 38.50-meter throw. She also led the way in shot put with an 11.79-meter shot.
The personal bests didn’t stop there, as Colby Wilson set himself one in the men’s long jump at 6.92 meters. Josh Silvester, the second-place finisher, also set a personal best at the event. In the men’s javelin throw, first-year Daniel Criscio improved by more than five meters and took home first place.
Brad Plamondon is competing in a men’s decathlon, and Emily Laplante is competing in a women’s heptathlon, where some of the events were done today, with the rest being finished tomorrow.
After that, Springfield College has NEWMAC championships to look forward to on May 1 in New London, CT.