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Springfield Set To Host 2019 NEWMAC Track and Field Championships

Springfield Set To Host 2019 NEWMAC Track and Field Championships

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WESTWOOD, Mass. - The 2019 New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track and Field Championships are set to take place at Springfield on Saturday, April 27th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Springfield, Mass. The MIT men's and women's track and field programs will look to defend its 2018 titles. 

MEN

Babson's Matthew Dynan currently leads the field in the 1,500-meters with a time of 3:55.78 and is fourth overall in the 800-meter in 1:55.39. Samir Arora will also compete in the 800-meter and is ranked seventh in the league in 1:56.69. 

Coast Guard's Ben Zarlengo is nationally-ranked with his school-record breaking throw of 163-01 in the discus, while Joseph Roth will race in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:05.78) with the third-best time in the league. 

Aidan Gilson of MIT holds the fourth-best time in the nation in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:08.03 and is 11th in the region in the 400 hurdles (57.16). The Engineers will also look to Yorai Shaoul in the long and triple jump. Shaoul enters the championship with the top mark in the nation in the triple jump (49-9) and is ranked fifth nationally in the long jump (23-10.25). 

Springfield's Tyler Hansen is second in the NEWMAC in both the 100-meter (10.96) and 200-meter (22.00). Hansen's 100-meter mark is tied for third in the region. The Pride's Joshua Silvester is second in the triple jump (46-5.25) and fifth in the long jump (21-8) in the NEWMAC. 

Wheaton's Marcel Smith will compete in 110 hurdles (15.87) and is currently ranked eighth in the conference, while Johnny Robbins is sixth overall in the league in the pole vault (13-11.75). 

WPI will look towards the 2019 NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Year and 400-meter champion in Alex Rus, who currently holds the top-time in the conference (49.04). Antoine Harris has posted strong times in the 100-meter and 200-meter, ranking second and eighth, respectively, in the region, while Ryan Wittenberg holds the fifth-best time in the region in the 800-meter with 1:53.84. The 4x400-meter relay team of Nick Fleury, Rus, Matt Adiletta, and Harris will also look for a strong showing, currently ranked in the top-20 nationally. 

WOMEN 

Angelina Raffone of Babson enters the championship with the quickest 100-meter time in the NEWMAC and is ranked eighth in the 200-meter. The Beavers' 4x400-meter relay team of Stephanie Rodriguez, Grace Regan, Ana Lamoso, and Sydney McLaughlin holds the fourth-best mark of 4:11.26 in the league. 

Coast Guard's Kaitlyn Mooney is coming off a strong indoor season, as the sophomore won the national championship in the fastest time ever recorded in Division III history in the 5,000 meters, while also earning All-America honors as the anchor of the DMR team with a third place finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship. Mooney is currenlty ranked seventh nationally in the 5,000 meters. The Bears' Leilani Salang leads the NEWMAC and is eighth in the nation in the discus (148-7). Salang is also fifth in the region in the hammer (163-9). 

Jenna Melanson of MIT is fourth in the nation in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:47.87), while Bailey Tregoning nationally holds seventh place nationally in the 800-meter (2:12.34). The Engineers' Elizabeth Weeks is second regionally in the triple with a mark of 37-10. 

With the second-best time in the NEWMAC, Mount Holyoke's Madeline Reiders will compete in the 10,000-meter (38:28.33), while Corrin Moss will race in the 800-meter (2:23.80).  

Smith will be led by All-American Katy McClellan in the javelin, who is currently ranked eighth in the nation. McClellan has qualified for the NCAA's the last three years and was the NEWMAC Javelin Champion in 2017 and 2018. An All-Conference winner last season, Cassie Naranjo is tied for fourth in the league with a mark of 5-3. 

Springfield's Tiffany Tenney is third overall in the NEWMAC and 14th in region in the 400-meter (58.82), while Mikaela LoPriore enters the championship with the top mark in the shot put (39-9.75), which ranks fifth regionally, and is fourth in the NEWMAC in the discus (121-4). 

Wellesley will look to Grace Cowles in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:50.64) and the 1500-meter (4:47.84) events, as Cowles holds the eighth best time in the nation in the steeplechase. The Blue's Cathy Chen will compete in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles, as Chen holds school records and is currently 19th in the region both events. Helen Andersen will compete in the shot put (38-0.25) and hammer throw (136-6), as she holds school records in both events.

For Wheaton, Cat MacGregor, a returning All-American javelin thrower, is currently ranked sixth in the nation. MacGregor also won the New England DIII Championship in the event last year. The Lyons also return the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in Ellie Shaw. In last year's competition, Shaw finished third in the 100m hurdles with a personal best time of 15.40, as well as the 400m hurdles with a personal best time of 1:07.33 and took home seventh in the high jump with a height of 1.54m.  
 

WPI will look for strong performances from its field athletes, as pole vaulter Carley Dykstra holds the top spot in the NEWMAC with 12-4.75, which places her ninth overall nationally. In the high jump, Xandria Korn is tied for 13th in the country with a jump of 5-5. The 4x100-meter relay squad of Katherine Pawlak, Michelle Gencorelli, Katy Nippert and Janelle Knight  (48.81) holds the fourth-best time in the region.