SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- April 14, 2007—Freshmen Nikki Hay (Norwalk, Conn.) and Steve Headley (Wilbraham, Mass.) each performed exceptionally well in their respective events to lead the Springfield College men’s and women’s track & field teams to first place finishes at the Coast Guard Quadrangular Meets last Saturday in New London, Conn.
On the men’s side, Springfield scored 78 points to win the meet. Finishing second was Coast Guard with 58 points, followed by Bowdoin (43), and WPI (24).
On the women’s side, Springfield scored 83 points to produce the team victory. Bowdoin was next with 58 points, followed by Coast Guard (47), and WPI (12).
Headley won three different events on the day including the 200-meter dash (22.06), and the 100-meter dash (10.72). His time in the 100-meters established a new Springfield College record for the event, breaking the old mark of 10.74 by Robert James in 1980. That new time was good enough to qualify for the NCAA Division III Nationals at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh May 24-26.
Headley was also part of the winning 4x100-meter relay as Springfield finished with a time of 43.33 seconds. Other members of the winning relay team included Matt Amendola (Milford, Conn.), Jermaine Bell (Boston, Mass.), and Tim Rehm (Waldwick, N.J.). Rehm, a senior captain, was the only upperclassman on a relay team that included three freshmen.Others on the men’s side to highlight include junior Dominic Uguccioni (Colrain, Mass.), who won the hammer with a toss of 168’ 4”; and senior captain Jeff Cogan (Walworth, N.Y.), who finished first in the high jump (6’ 5”).
On the women’s side, Nikki Hay won a phenomenal five different events. In the 100- meter dash, Nikki won by 1/100th of a second over another Springfield College runner, senior captain Julie Ferdella (Leicester, Mass.), with a time of 12.95 seconds.
Other events won by Hay included the 200-meter dash (26.55), the long jump (16’ 9.5”), and the triple jump (37’4.5”) in a provisional national qualifying mark.
Hay was also part of the winning 4x100-meter relay team, which finished with a time of 50.66 seconds. Sophomore Katie Parente (Torrington, Conn.), freshman Nicole Reynolds (Turner, Me.), and Ferdella also ran for Springfield College in that event.
Also on the women’s side, sophomore Kelsey Bishop (Warwick, R.I.) finished first in the hammer with a national qualifying mark of 163’ 3”. Senior Adrienne Sayward (Salem, N.H.) won the javelin with a mark of 120’ 10”. And freshman Catherine Croce (Wallkill, N.Y.) won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 69.14.
This Saturday (Apr. 21) at 12 noon the Springfield men’s and women’s track & field teams will host New Haven, Eastern Connecticut, Bridgewater State, Westfield State, and Keene State at Blake Field.