Springfield, Mass. - May 6, 2019 - Springfield College's Tyler Hansen (Shelton, Conn.) was recognized for his impressive 2019 outdoor season late last week, as the junior was named the 2019 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Track Athlete of the Year, announced by the conference offices.
Hansen, who was also the 2017 NEWMAC Men's Track and Field Rookie of the Year as a freshman, is just the third student-athlete in program history to earn NEWMAC Men's Track Athlete of the Year and first since 2011, as Steve Headley earned back-to-back honors in 2009 and 2010, while Nickel Hay was recognized with the accolade in 2011. Jason Jackson was named the NEWMAC Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2002, following Dave Corricelli, who also earned the honor in 2000. Additionally, Kevin Coyle was the NEWMAC Men's Field Athlete of the Year in 2011.
Hansen was instrumental in the Pride finishing third at the NEWMAC Track and Field Championships, as the Applied Exercise Science major won the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and anchored the 4x100 meter relay team, which also finished first overall. Hansen took first in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.79 seconds, and also crossed first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.05 seconds. In the 4x100 meter relay, Hansen anchored a unit that turned in a time of 41.86 seconds.
It has been quite the season for Hansen, who earned his first trip to the national stage this past March, competing at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 200 meter dash. Following the NEWMAC Championships on April 28, Hansen came back this past weekend and earned a Division III New England title in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.68 seconds, which lifted him to 23rd in all of Division III.
At the Division III New England Championships, Hansen helped the Pride to a seventh-place finish, which was the highest team finish for the Pride since 2012, as he also earned All-Region accolades in the 200 meter dash with a fourth-place time of 22.00 seconds, before once again anchoring the 4x100 meter relay team's time of 41.88 seconds, which was good for second overall.
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