Springfield, Mass. - May 21, 2018 - Three track and field student-athletes will represent Springfield College on the national stage this upcoming week, as they have qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be hosted at the Veteran's Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse, Wis. from May 24 through May 26.
Senior Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.), the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and Division III New England champion in the 1500 meter race, will be making his second trip to the national stage this year, while classmate Whit DeVaux (Wethersfield, Mass.) will make his second-consecutive appearance at the national meet come Thursday. Representing the women's track and field team will be junior Kristen Madeia (Berlin, Conn.), who qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships in the 800 meter race.
Pinho has had quite the senior campaign as the Prospect, Conn. native has broken four Springfield College track and field program records, including the 800 meter race, 1000 meter race and one mile race indoors, while also smashing the 1500 meter race outdoor program record at the Swarthmore Final Qualifying Meet on May 14. Pinho will be the sixth-seeded runner in the 1500 meter race at the national championship meet, as his preliminary race is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24.
DeVaux will be making his second-straight appearance at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this upcoming weekend, as last season he took 10th overall in the javelin throw competition. DeVaux, who earned a NEWMAC Championship in the javelin with a season-best heave of 63.41 meters, will be seeded eighth overall when he competes on Friday, May 25 at 11 a.m.
ln her final chance to punch a ticket to the national stage, Madeia took fourth overall at the MIT Final Qualifying meet with a career-best time of 2:12.40, besting her previous career-best time of 2:14.02, which she ran at the Swarthmore Final Qualifying Meet on May 14. Madeia, who was a two-time conference cross country runner of the week and All-Region student-athlete at the Division III New England Indoor Track and Field Championships, will be seeded No. 20 in the 800 meter race this weekend, and will compete in the preliminary race on Friday, May 25 at 5:15 p.m.
For more information about the 2018 NCAA Division III Track and Field National Championships, visit ncaa.com