Westfield, Mass. - May 18, 2017 - Whit DeVaux (Wethersfield, Mass.) and Alex Niemiec (Chicopee, Mass.) of the Springfield College men's track and field team both claimed titles in their respective events at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, hosted at Westfield State University from Wednesday, May 17 through Thursday, May 18.
The Pride finishes 11th overall in the meet with 28 points.
In the javelin throw, DeVaux recorded a distance of 208 feet, 2 inches to win the event, while Niemiec took first overall in the high jump, as the senior cleared 6 feet, 8.25 inches. Also competing in the high jump, Jason Laramee (Great Barrington, Mass.) cleared 6 feet, 0.5 inches to finish 11th in the field.
Competing in the 100 meter hurdles, both Daniel Lane (Southwick, Mass.) and Hunter DuPont (Wynantskill, N.Y.) scored points for Springfield College, as Lane took fourth with a time of 16.10 seconds to finish fourth, before DuPont took seventh with a time of 16.58 seconds.
Lastly, competing in the 100 meter dash prelims on Wednesday, Tyler Hansen (Shelton, Conn.), the NEWMAC Men's Track and Field Rookie of the Year, finished his first year at Springfield College with a career-best time of 10.92 seconds.
Racing at the MIT Last Chance Meet in Cambridge, Mass., junior Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.) recorded a career-best time of 1:52.48 in the 800, which broke a 21-year old Springfield College men's outdoor track and field program record, previously held by Brian Walsh, who ran a 1:52.81 in 1996.
The NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted at Mount Union College in Geneva, Ohio from Thursday, May 25 through Saturday, May 27.