Birmingham, Ala. - March 10, 2018 - Competing on the national stage for the first time in his career, Springfield College's Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.) earned all-america honors in the one mile race, taking fourth overall at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 4:12.19 on Saturday afternoon at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Recording the third-fastest time during prelims on Friday with a 4:11.85, Pinho came back on Saturday and took fourth overall to earn the first all-america honors of his career. Winning the race was Ramapo's Jeremy Hernandez, as he clocked in at 4:05.95, while Christopher Newport's Jeffrey Dover was second with a 4:10.85. Rounding out the top three was Donson Cook-Gallard of Carleton, who crossed in 4:11.76.
As he has all season long, Pinho's strong finish helped him to a fourth-place finish, as he ran a weekend-best split of 29.719 in the final of eight total laps throughout the race.
Earlier this season, Pinho broke the Springfield College men's indoor track and field program record in the mile, as he bested Charles Duggan's time of 4:07.9 when the senior produced a time of 4:07.89 at the 2018 Fastrack Last Chance Qualifying meet, hosted in Staten Island, N.Y. on Saturday, February 24.
Combined with Courtney Luscier's all-america performance in the 60 meter dash on Saturday, this marks the fourth all-america honor for Springfield College indoor track and field student-athletes under the direction of second-year head coach Mike Miller, as Luscier and Alex Niemiec were All-Americans in 2017. Additionally, this is the first all-american for assistant track and field coach, Anna Steinman, who has worked specifically with Pinho over the past two years.