Three Track and Field Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA All-Region Honors

Three Track and Field Student-Athletes Earn USTFCCCA All-Region Honors

Springfield, Mass. - May 31, 2018 - Following outstanding 2017-18 seasons, three Springfield College track and field student-athletes garnered United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region accolades. Honorees included senior Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.), classmate Whit DeVaux (Wethersfield, Conn.) and sophomore Mikaela LoPriore (Niantic, Conn.).

On the men's side, a total of 743 athletes from 192 programs earned 948 All-Region honors. On the women's side, a total of 667 athletes from 184 programs earned 940 All-Region honors. The top-5 individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the region's top-3 relay teams. The regions used for this award – Atlantic, Central, Great Lakes, Mideast, Midwest, New England, South/Southeast, West – match those used during the cross country and indoor track & field season.

It has been quite the year for Pinho, as the Physical Education graduate broke four separate Springfield College men's track and field program records, including the 800 meter, 1000 meter and one mile race indoors, before setting a new program-best mark in the 1500 meter race earlier this season when he ran a time of 3:47.90 at the Swarthmore Final Qualifying Meet. A two-time All-American during the 2017-18 season, Pinho was recognized for being ranked in the Top 5 in New England in the 1500 meter race, an event in which he won a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and Division III New England Championship. Pinho came in fourth overall at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships this past weekend.

DeVaux, a recent graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Recreation Management, was recognized for his performance in the javelin this season, as the senior earned a fourth-consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship in the event, en route to taking sixth overall at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships this past weekend with a heave of 62.73 meters or 205 feet, 10 inches. 

LoPriore, a Physical Education major at Springfield College, was honored for her performances in the shot put event this past season, as she won her first-career NEWMAC title in the event on April 28 with a mark of 12.43 meters. Heading into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships this past weekend, LoPriore was ranked No. 4 in New England in the event.