By Carley Crain
Bright red ribbons tied up in braids or ponytails, a small temporary tattoo ‘S’ on their cheeks, and repping ‘The Jersey’ for a meet they have been waiting for all season long: the NEWMAC Championships. This past weekend at Smith College, the men’s and women’s track teams placed third overall in a highly competitive field.
The women’s team scored a total of 89 points and on the men’s side, the team tallied 167 points.
“To prepare for NEWMACs, the team focused on mental preparation,” explained junior sprinter Thomas Czerwinski. “We knew that we physically had the talent and ability to perform at a high level. It was the execution of what we had worked for all year. Our goal was simple: win your heat/flight.”
Both squads had a spectacular showing amongst the field events, which has been their strong suit all season long. Springfield swept the podium in both the long jump and the 100-meter dash. Josh Silvester led the Pride on the triple jump with his mark of 48’2’’, followed by Kevin Lee and Colby Wilson.
Wilson also finished second overall in the long jump, as he soared to a distance of 43’8.50’’.
The trio of Michael Scott, Evan Weber, and Anik Dole took control of the 100-meter dash and contributed a solid amount of points to the team total. Scott also was crowned the NEWMAC champion in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.11 seconds.
For the distance events, juniors Aidan Harmer and John DeRosa placed fifth and sixth in the 1500 and the 10k respectively.
Both the 4×100 and the 4×400 relays showed up when it counted the most for the Pride. The men’s 4×100 relay team of Scott, Weber, Dole, and Tyler Hansen earned a first-place finish, while the 4×400 relay squad of Bradyn Cote, Luke Chastain, Sam Polley, and Czerwinski ran to a second-place finish.
Polley also ran a fast 400-meter hurdles race, where he received a bronze medal with a time of 57.75 seconds.
In the other field events, junior Jamie Cocca became the NEWMAC champion in the discus, as did teammate Daniel Crisco, who defended his NEWMAC title in the javelin throw by about 13 feet. Travis Brown finished closely behind, throwing 163’1’’ to take third overall in the event.
The women had a plethora of NEWMAC top finishes in an array of events. Senior Chloe Dewhurst became the third high jump student-athlete in conference history to win three titles in the event since 1994. Teammate Shea Bisner-Boulay finished close behind in third.
Sophomore Allison Ritchie ran to a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:07. Junior Matlyn Gross also earned runner-up honors in her main event, which was the triple jump.
The Pride continued to impress in the field events, as junior Christa Carr placed third overall in the shot put.
The women had a strong showing in both relays and were headlined by the 4×100 relay team finishing third overall, which featured Sydney Fackrell, Stephanie Brown, Gwen Anderson, and Sabria Merrifield.
The Pride will travel next to D-III New England’s this upcoming weekend which will be hosted by Williams College.
“We are growing and only getting better. The next few years are going to be very special,” said Czerwinski.