SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 19, 2006 – The Williams College men’s team and the SUNY-Oneonta women’s team earned ECAC Division III Outdoor Track & Field team titles during today’s final day of events at Springfield College’s Blake Field.
The men of Williams College scored a total of 81 points, finishing just ahead of Lincoln University of PA (63), SUNY-Cortland (62), New Jersey City College (51), NYU (38), host Springfield (33), Widener (30), Bates (29), RIT (29), and MIT and SUNY-Plattsburgh (21 each). A total of 54 teams scored at least one point. The men of Williams had previously finished as high as second in this meet in 2002.
The Oneonta women won this title for the second straight year, this time with a total of 67 points. The Red Dragons scored 48 last year in winning it all. Placing 2nd today was Lincoln University with 53.5 points, followed by SUNY-Cortland (53), Bates (44), New Jersey City (35), Wheaton and Williams (28 each), and RIT and RPI (27 each). Host Springfield finished in a tie for 11th place with 25 points, along with Washington & Jefferson and Richard Stockton (NJ). A total of 47 teams scored at least a half a point.
A total of 10 individual titles were determined Thursday. A total of 32 more were determined today.
On the men’s side, four ECAC Championship meet records were set, and one more was tied. Among the records set were those of MIT’s Uzoma Orji in the shot put at 55-8 ¾ (16.97 meters). Orji broke his own mark of 55-3 ½ which he established just one year ago.
Lincoln’s Bobby Young set a record in the 400 meters with a time of 47.32 seconds. The old mark was 47.36 set just last year by Carnegie Mellon’s Nik Bonaddio. In the 800 meter run, Nick Stenuf of Nazareth ran a record time of 1:50.83. He smashed the old mark of 1:52.61 set by Nick Digani of Middlebury in 2004. In the 5000 meters, Williams College’s Neal Holtschulte ran a time of 14:51.37, which broke the old mark of 14:53.78 by Daniel Smith of Salem State in 2001.
Finally, in the 200-meter run, Lincoln’s Thomas Hunter ran an ECAC record-equaling time of 21.54. Setting that exact same mark last year was Robert Hargrove of William Paterson University.
It is not known whether any ECAC Championship meet records were set on the women’s side (those records have not been updated for several years).
In the decathlon, halfway leader and ECAC record-holder Zane Buckingham of St. Lawrence dropped out, allowing Springfield’s Mike Miller to take that crown with 6,284 points. In the heptathlon, Christina Acquaviva of Cortland maintained her first-day lead, finishing with 4,516 points, capturing that title.
Please find all of today’s Day 2 results attached. Included are the final results of the decathlon and heptathlon. Day 1 results were posted yesterday.