Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Beavers Selected to Finish Third In NAC Pre-Championship Poll

Beavers Selected to Finish Third In NAC Pre-Championship Poll

UMaine-Farmington finished second last year at the 2017 conference championship. The Beavers have seen their 2018 season riddled with tough training and racing conditions, but were able to put together a strong showing at Fitchburg with a third place finish in a field of 15 teams. Athletes to watch at this year's championship include Shane Hathaway, a talented athlete in the hurdles, jumps, javelin and relays, while Corey Martin should do well in the hurdles and David Doering will look to finish high in the 800m. Robbie Hollis will look to lead UMF in the 5K and 1500m, while Ben Toribio will look to finish in the top of the jumpers and Ethan SolisAbshir Abukar, and Draco Peaslee will be top sprinters. Connor Marland will run the steeplechase and Thomas Dupuy will compete at the middle distances.

 

 

Team

Points (1st Place Votes)

1.

Colby-Sawyer

47 (5)

2.

Husson

39 (2)

3.

UMaine-Farmington

35

4.

Castleton

32

5.

UMaine-Presque Isle

17

6.

Lyndon

15

7.

Johnson

11

Colby-Sawyer was selected to repeat as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Track & Field champion in a poll that was conducted among the league's head coaches predicting how the team's would finish. The Chargers received five first-place votes for a total of 47 points for the top spot, while Husson garnered the remaining two first-place votes for 39 points to claim second and UMaine-Farmington took third with 35 points.

Castleton was tabbed fourth just three points behind the Beavers with 32 points, while UMaine-Presque Isle was fifth (17 points), Lyndon took sixth (15 points) and Johnson placed seventh (11 points).

2018 Championship Information

Colby-Sawyer will welcome six other varsity programs to compete at the Sally Shaw Veitch Track & Field facility (No. 21 on campus map) and Mercer Field (No. 22 on campus map) with a tentatively scheduled start of 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 29. **Click HERE for a campus map and HERE for spectator information.

Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, UMaine-Farmington, Husson, Johnson, Lyndon and UMaine-Presque Isle will all be competing as teams, while student-athletes from SUNY Delhi will be participating as individuals at the 2018 championship.

The male athletes will compete in a total of 19 events (38 total with the women).

Event Scoring
Event management (scoring and timing) will be provided by Lancer Timing Services  - www.lancertiming.com
Final Results will be made available after the championships.

NAC Men's Performance Results this Season - click HERE
NAC Men's Championship Meet Records
 - click HERE

Team Information

Colby-Sawyer finished first at last year's NAC Championship. So far in 2018, the team has finished 16th/20 at Tufts, 2nd/16 at Fitchburg, and 2nd/11 at Mt. Holyoke. Karl Nyholm leads the way for the team with a school record in hammer and New England qualifications in shot put and discus, while sophomore Peter Bakker (Steeplechase) and junior Kyle Diezel(200m) have also earned New England qualifications.

Husson finished the 2017 Championship in third, just 11 points out of second. The Eagles have yet to run a meet as a full unit and opened in California with 12 athletes, while the squad was split between SNHU and Thomas Invites. Husson took fourth at Thomas out of six schools and fourth out of 16 at SNHU, while the full squad would have potentially had higher finishes together. The Eagles have a young talented team with only one senior currently scoring in Robenson Saintard. Saintard, a football player, competing in track and field for the first time this season, leads all scorers in the 100m, is second in scoring in the 200m and anchors the top ranked 4x100 team. Several freshmen lead the pack, as Zach Hartman is the top in 800m but has yet to compete in other distance events, while Cayd Wortman sits second the 110m hurdles and looks to excel also in the pole vault and long jump and Dom Lizotte is second among scorers in the long jump and first in the pole vault. Other rookies include Jeff Ward who is third among scorers in the long jump and second in the javelin and Zion Gurneywho sits first among scorers in the high jump and third in the triple jump, just behind classmate Kyanti Blyden. Junior Francesco Wright is ranked in the 100m, the 400m hurdles and the pole vault, while classmates Eric Hathaway and Justin Martin lead the throwers, as Martin sits first in the javelin, while Hathaway sits second in the shot put, third among scorers in the hammer, and fourth among scorers in discus.

Castleton claimed fourth place at last year's NAC championship. Built by a solid throwing department, the Spartans have developed a strong combination of veteran leaders and key newcomers this season. Tayler Larmie ranks atop the NAC leaderboard in the hammer throw with a season-best launch of 46.43m, which also qualified for regionals. Brodie Talbotpunched his ticket to regionals in the discus with a top heave of 42.76m, which currently ranks second in the NAC. Austin Beauregard is at the top of the conference leaderboard in the 110-m hurdles with a season-best mark of 16.40 seconds. Morgan Rainville (shot put) and Ryan Barry (100m) are two more Spartan Athletes to watch at this year's championship.

UMaine-Presque Isle, as a first year program, has done quite well. The Owls have finished as a team well ahead of some other teams, but will strive to improve upon their finishes at the lower half of the teams in most meets. UMPI's talent ranges from the experienced athlete through rank beginners, while Chris Udobi has run well in the 100m, 200m, and 400m and continues to improve. Other athletes that have had stood out include Paul Kaplan and Jahvion Lockridge, primarily in the horizontal jumps.

Lyndon finished sixth last year in the NAC Championships. This year, the team's best finish was ninth at the Mount Holyoke Spring Fling. The Hornets have seen several top performances this season include Joshua Guyer in the 100m with a time of 12.19, Hunter Torrey in the 200m with a time of 25.16 and Benjamin Cornell in the 800m and 1500m with times of 2:07.43 and 4:32.29. Other top times include Matthew Francis in the 5,000m and 3,000m Steeplechase with times of 19:38.35 and 12:01.31, Josh Thibault in the long jump (5.48m), triple jump (10.68m), and javelin (38.73m), and Robert Denton in the shot put (8.48m) and discus (20.77m). Athletes to watch for at the championship are Benjamin Cornell, who is climbing up the rankings in the 800 and the 1500 meters, and Thibault, who has range in multiple events

Johnson finished seventh at last year's North Atlantic Conference Championship. A bolstered Badgers roster will look to improve on last year's two team points. The Badgers started their season strong, finishing 11th out of 16 schools with 14 points at the Fitchburg Invitational. Johnson individuals have broken numerous program records this season, including senior Dawda Jallow's 19'9" long jump at the Penman Relays on April 14. Athletes to watch include Jallow in the long jump and freshman Randal Willette in the javelin.

NCAA Division III Qualifying Lists

2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Qualifying List - click HERE
DIII New England Outdoor Performance List - click HERE

ECAC Qualifying Standards - 2018 ECAC Division III Outdoor Track and Field Qualifying Standards - click HERE 

2017 Championship Results

Colby-Sawyer College won its second-straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship on a cold and rainy Sunday at the Sally Shaw Veitch Track & Field on April 30, 2017.

The Chargers, who were the preseason favorite, earned the victory by compiling 216 points, while UMaine-Farmington finished as runner-up with 127 points. Husson placed third (116), followed by Castleton (91), Green Mountain (22), Lyndon (13) and Johnson (2).

For complete results, click HERE.