Four Event Champions Highlights Men's Track and Field at NEWMAC Championships; Hansen Named Rookie of the Year

Four Event Champions Highlights Men's Track and Field at NEWMAC Championships; Hansen Named Rookie of the Year

Boston, Mass. - April 29, 2017 - Led by five individual titles, the Springfield College men's track and field team took third overall at the 2017 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships, hosted at MIT on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Alex Niemiec (Chicopee, Mass.) continued his dominant senior season, as he won both the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.77 seconds, and the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 6 inches. Whit DeVaux (Wethersfield, Conn.) won a NEWMAC title in the javelin, as he produced a distance of 199 feet, 6.75 inches, while the 4x100 relay team of Niemiec, Tyler Hansen (Shelton, Conn.), DeShaun Dias (Mashpee, Mass.) and Eric McCracken (Gales Ferry, Conn.) combined for a winning time of 42.56 seconds.

For his efforts in the meet, Hansen was named the 2017 NEWMAC Men's Track and Field Rookie of the Year, the first for Springfield College since Niemiec earned the honor in 2014. This marks just the fifth NEWMAC Men's Track and Field Rookie of the Year honor for the program, dating back to 1999.

MIT won the meet with 291.50 points, while WPI took second with 200.5 points, Springfield College third with 134.5 points, Coast Guard fourth with 94.5 points and Babson rounded out the top five with 43 points.

Hansen took second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.08 seconds, following up a third-place finish in the 100 with a time of 10.95 seconds. Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.) earned All-Conference recognition in the 800 meter run, as he crossed in 1:56.30, while Johnny O'Hanlon (Haworth, N.J.) took fourth in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 34:47.89. 

Next, Springfield College will compete in the 2017 Division III New England Championships, hosted at Williams College from May 3-6.