2013 Springfield Invite #2
February 2, 2013
Team Score - 4th with 17 points
Performer of the Meet - Dan Crowley & Josiah Terrell-Perica
For the 2nd weekend in a row, the men travelled south down 91 to Springfield College to compete against the hosts, and 6 other schools. While the team finished 4th overall with 117, it was a day with a lot of great marks as PR's and standards were met, extending seasons for several of the athletes. Josiah Terrell-Perica got the ball rolling - so to speak - for the team with his 3rd place throw in the 35# Weight Throw and he continues to make huge improvements as he not only added more than a meter to his prior best, but his 47-6 throw qualified him for DIII NE's in 2 weeks. The 3k was a loaded Amherst affair as 8 of the Top 9 were wearing the black and purple with Andrew Erskine and Charlie Reighard throwing down big finishing kicks to grab 1st and 2nd in 8:42 and 8:43 (huge PR for Charlie) while coming in 4th, with the biggest breakthrough of the group, was first year Dan Crowley hammering out an 8:46 effort and qualifying for DIII NE's and beyond. Alva Morales, Greg Turissini and Dillon Buckley all grabbed points as well as hit championship standards. Matt Melton continues to roll over his competition as this week he stepped down to the 500m and blasted a 1:06.06 for a very convincing win, and fast time on the tight track while training partners, Judd Liebman and Nick Codola would finish 4th and 5th. This trio, would join later in the day with Pat Grimes - recovering from an illness that impacted the training for the week - to win the DMR in a 10:41. Romey Sklar ran to a another PR, as well as his first victory on the season, this time in the 1000m while classmate Matt Woop would grab 3rd. Dennis Kennelly had his best race of the season, lowering his mark in the 400 while grabbing points in 4th place. Steve Hetterich contributed to the scoring with his 3rd place jump in the Triple Jump while Nick Ellenoff would also grab 3rd place points by virtue of his finish in the mile, in which he and class mate Scott Gemmell-Davis would each finish in the Top 6, and Scott would come back later in the 800 to grab a 4th place finish. Persie Gijima led the way for the sprinters as he just missed making the finals in the 60 with his 7.36 before grabbing points in the 200 with his best mark on the year in 24.09, finishing 6th, while Javy Paulino would finish in 7th place at 24.12.