Four First-Place Finishes Leads Men's Track and Field at Springfield College Classic

Four First-Place Finishes Leads Men's Track and Field at Springfield College Classic

Springfield, Mass. - April 22, 2017 - Hosting a twenty-team meet on Blake Track on Saturday, the Springfield College men's track and field team produced four first-place finishes in its lone home meet of the outdoor season.

Junior Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.) came back from injury in a huge way, as he posted a winning time of 1:54.87 in the 800, while Johnny Poitras (Somers, Conn.) won the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:14.42.

In the field events, Whit DeVaux (Wethersfield, Conn.) continued his dominance in the javelin, as his throw of 202 feet, 10 inches was the furthest of the meet, while Alex Niemiec (Chicopee, Mass.) won the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 10.75 inches, just 0.25 inches shy of the Springfield College record, set by Michael Brown in 1979 when he jumped 6 feet, 11 inches.

The 4x100 relay of DeShaun Dias (Mashpee, Mass.), Tyler Hansen (Shelton, Conn.), Niemiec and Eric McCracken (Gales Ferry, Conn.) produced a second-place time of 42.66 seconds, while Hansen finished fifth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.13 seconds and sixth in the 200 with a 22.62 second finish.

Ben Malin (North Easton, Mass.) was successful in his final meet on Blake Track, as he took third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 59.42 seconds, while Frank Footman (Middletown, Conn.) finishes sixth in the 400 with a time of 52.01 seconds. 

Racing in the 1500 meter run, Johnny O'Hanlon (Haworth, N.J.) registered a time of 4:08.37.

Up next, the Pride will prepare for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, which will be hosted at MIT on Saturday, April 29.