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Springfield Track and Field show a strong performance at the Yellow Jacket Invitational

Stephen Monahan

With winds swirling through the campus of American International College on Saturday, the eighth annual Yellow Jacket Invitational track meet got underway.

Runners struggled to deal with strong winds pushing against them throughout the course of the day.

“It was a slower time then we ran before, but keeping the wind and the cold into consideration, we performed extremely well taking first place,” said Freshman Willem Van – Zyl.

The men’s team for Springfield College was led by Freshman Joe Gaudreau, who took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.37 seconds. Senior Jack Pinho continued the strong performance for the Pride by winning the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:58.78. Freshman Damian Mackay Morgan took second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.4 seconds.

The underclassmen for the Pride continued to perform as Freshman Josh Silvester placed second in the triple jump with an attempt of 13.38 meters.  The 4 x 100-meter relay team of Sophomores Deshaun Dias, Eric McCracken, Tyler Hansen and Freshman Willem Van – Zyl rounded out the men’s team by winning the relay with a combined time of 44.34 seconds.

“The underclassmen are the team’s future,” said Head Coach Mike Miller. “For young athletes to set up and compete it sends a message to other teams that we will be ready when the time comes.”   

The conditions did not slow down the women’s team, as they found success throughout different events during the meet.

They were led by Junior Kristen Madeia, who won the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:54.46. Freshmans Taylor Nogiec (1.58 meters) and Katie Everton (1.44 meters) continued the success for the women’s team by taking first and third in the high jump. Freshman Paige Shaughnessy took fourth in the pole vault with an attempt of 2.75 meters. Sophomore Katherine Strain rounded out the women’s team by taking second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.53 seconds.

“With such a great finish this weekend, it is a great confidence boost that we are doing the right things,” said Miller. “We hope to continue the hard work and focus on preparing for championship level meets as the weather gets better.”

The Pride will be back in action this Friday, at the Connecticut College Invitational in New London, Connecticut.

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