Division III Track and Field: Day Three

May 28, 2005

Wisconsin-LaCrosses Kevin Becker earned the 2005 mens hammer throw title with a Division III season-best throw of 208-10; he finished second in the event last year. Uzoma Orji, a junior from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, finished second at 189-2, while Willamettes Nate Matlock was third at 188-4, marking the second consecutive year that Matlock finished with All-America honors.

New Jersey City (Sherron Bullock, Anthony Campbell, Ronald Hussey, Anthony Miles) won the mens 400-meter relay with a Division III season-best time of 40.31, which also set a Waltson-Hoover Stadium record. The second and third place teams also posted Division III season-best times of 40.47 and 40.56, respectively, as Nebraska Wesleyan (Gordie Coffin, Matt Turman, Jeff Aldrich, Bret Blake) finished second and Williams (Andrew Arons, Drew Raab, Max Mogosi, John Symanski) took third.

Nick Symmonds (Willamette) won the mens 1,500-meter run in 3:54.20, setting a Walston-Hoover Stadium record. Aaron Dye, a junior at Nebraska Wesleyan, took second at 3:54.61; he finished sixth in the event last year. Keene States Dave Bridgewater was third with a time of 3:55.66 after a fifth-place finish in 2004.

Richard Harris (Buffalo State) won the mens 110-meter hurdles in 14:12 which was a Division III season best and also set a new Walston-Hoover Stadium record. Paul Klemic (Richard Stockton) took second with a time of 14.22 He also took the long jump National title on Thursday. Greg Bolton (Christopher Newport) finished third in this race with a time of 14.42.

Lincoln Universitys Bobby Young won the 400-meter dash title with a 45.95 performance, a Division III season best and Walston-Hoover Stadium record. Nate Olson (Wisconsin-LaCrosse) took second for the second consecutive year, turning in a time of 46.28, while Wartburgs Josh Hauser, a junior, finished third with a time of 47.28.

Augustine Schmader (Lincoln) won the mens 100-meter dash in a time of 10.53, bettering the Walston-Hoover Stadium record. John Biacofsky (Mt. Union) finished second at 10.63, while third place went to Howard Paynes Greg Nixon, who ran a 10.66.

Junior Nick Symmonds (Willamette) won his third consecutive mens 800-meter title with a time of 1:49.87, setting a Walston-Hoover Stadium record. He ran 1:49.51 in 2003 and 1:51.87 in 2004 to earn the National Championship each year of his collegiate career. Jeff Zoda from the College of New Jersey finished second (1:51.35), while Eddie Papalia (Haverford) took third at 1:52.04. Two 2004 All-America honorees repeated with top-eight finishes Saturday. Blake Henning finished fourth (1:52.20) and Colin McKean (St. Norbert) was eighth (1:56.47).

Blake Boma (Monmouth) won the mens 400-meter hurdles with a Division III season-best time of 51.78; he owned the seasons best time prior to Saturdays competition (52.04). Boma was a 2004 All-America honoree in the 400 hurdles, finishing third (52.32). Jeff Jasmin (Lincoln) finished second in the event with a time of 52.26, while Darren DeAngelis (Elizabethtown) took third at 53.04. Kevin Bright (Middlebury), a 2004 All-America honoree, was fifth (53.45).

Freshman Greg Nixon (Howard Payne) won the mens 200-meter dash with a wind-adjusted time of 20.96. Bobby Young, a sophomore from Lincoln who won the 400-meter dash earlier on Saturday, took second at 21.09. Wisconsin-LaCrosses Nate Olson, who took second to Young in the 400-meter dash, finished third with a time of 21.14. 2004 National Champion Bret Blake (Nebraska Wesleyan) finished fourth (21.37), while 2004 All-America honoree Nick Wetherby (Cortland SUNY) was eighth (22.20).

Kristoph Baker (Middlebury) posted a 205-7 throw in the mens javelin to win the 2005 title. He finished fifth in the event in 2004. Bruce Zapasnik (UMass-Dartmouth) took second with a throw of 205-1, while Jim Roy (Baldwin-Wallace) was third at (204-6). 2004 National Champion Matt Gassaway (George Fox) finished fourth at 202-10.

Defending National Champion Josh Moen (Wartburg) grabbed the 2005 mens 5,000-meter run title with a time of 14:36.22. Moen and Wideners Macharia Yuot battled throughout most of the race, just as they did in the mens 10K Thursday night with the same result. Moen edged Yuot by just a second in Saturdays race, as Yuot, who took third in 2004, finished at 14:37.83. Ted Turner (Geneseo SUNY) took third (14:44.16).

Yudehwheh Gbaa (Lincoln) won the mens triple jump with a leap of 49-6.25, a Division III season best and Walston-Hoover Stadium record. The freshman beat out returning 2004 All-America honoree Fred Jones (Tufts), who recorded a jump of 49-1.75 Saturday. Bryson Taylor, a senior from Greenville, took third at 48-11. Dubuques DeAndre Bovan finished fourth at 48-10.25.

Wisconsin-LaCrosse (Jeremy Deterville, Nate Olson, Eric Svestka, Tony Marcinek) won the mens 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:08.71, giving the UWL team its third consecutive national 1,600-meter relay title. Lincoln University (Bobby Young, Augustine Schmader, Keko Goldman, Lance Wigfall) took second with a time of 3:09.86. Nebraska Wesleyan (Ben Thayer, Bret Blake, Evan Knight, Chris Wolf) finished third at 3:12.24.

Tiffany Masuhr, a senior from Richard Stockton, claimed the womens javelin title with a throw of 148-10. Mashur finished second in the event last year, and her longest toss this year was 143-6 prior to Saturdays championship efforts. Sophomore Brittni Stewart (Colby-Sawyer) took second at 144-5. Southern Maines Kristen Sinclair was third at 139-8.

Doreen Nagawa, a sophomore from Willmington College, won the triple jump, leaping 41-1.75, a Division III season-best mark, as well as a Walston-Hoover Stadium record. She finished second in the event at the 2004 National Championship. Tessa Donoghue (Westfield State) was second with a jump of 39-9.25, while Luther Colleges Katie Pettigrew took third at 39-3.75. Pettigrew was also an All-America honoree in 2004.

College of New Jersey (Khristelle Manuyag, Jessica Bonelli, Brittny Boyd, Tiffany Clark) claimed the 4x100-meter relay title for the second consecutive year, as it set a Walston-Hoover Stadium record time of 47.04. Carthage College (Caretha Carroll, Sheana, Veronica Hunter, Muffy Israel) finished second at 47.26, while St. Benedict (Patti Clintsman, Sarah Nezworsksi, Jennifer Dalhed, Bethany Keene) took third with a time of 47.55.

Senior Missy Buttry (Wartburg) earned her third national title in the womens 1,500-meter run with a Walston-Hoover Stadium record time of 4:27.77. She led the race from the starting line, bettering second-place Brigid Powers (St. Thomas) by five seconds, as Powers finished with a time of 4:32. 41. Jenna Mitchler (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) took third with a time of 4:33.24, edging out fourth-place Gina Lucrezi (DeSales), who finished at 4:33.41. Both Powers and Lucrezi were 2004 All-America honorees.

2004 National Champion Sheana Grigsby (Carthage) claimed her second consecutive title, becoming the fourth repeat champion in the womens 100-meter hurdles since 1996. Saturday, she posted a Division III season-best time of 14.08. Haverford College sophomore Aislinn Sowash, a 2004 All-America honoree, took second at 14.36, while Liz Goergen (Wisconsin-Stevens Point) finished third with a time of 14.42. Both the fourth-place finisher Denay Caldwell (New Jersey City) and fifth-place finisher Jennifer Stafslien (Wisconsin-Eau Claire) earned All-America honors in the event for the second consecutive year.

College of New Jerseys Tiffany Clark won the womens 400-meter dash title with a Division III season-best time of 54.59; she had owned the season-best time of 54.94 entering the championship event . Clark took second in the 400-meter dash in 2004. Sue Abbring (Calvin) finished second at 55.10, while Ashlee Robertson (Oneonta SUNY) was third with a final time of 55.16. Besides Clark, Gena Rawlins (Illinois Wesleyan) was the only 2004 All-America honoree to repeat as All-America; she finished eighth at 58.52.

New Jersey Citys Diana Lawson won the womens 100-meter dash title with a time of 11.82, edging out second-place Precious Macklin (Lincoln), who ran 11.85. Mechelle Barnwell, a sophomore at City College of New York, took third (11.90). Brittny Boyd (College of New Jersey) and Tameka Jackson (Rutgers Camden) were repeat All-America honorees from 2004.

Wisconsin-Platteville sophomore Marcia Taddy grabbed the womens 800-meter run title with a time of 2:11.54, a Walston-Hoover Stadium record. Alicia Andrews (Willamette) finished second, a repeat of her 2004 performance, as she ran a 2:12.62 on Saturday. Wartburg Colleges Heidi Porter, a freshman from Manson, Iowa, finished third at 2:13.68. Joanna Simonis (Bryn Mawr), who finished second in 2004, was fourth Saturday (2:13.77).

Emily Lepley (Sesquehanna) won the womens 400-meter hurdles with a Walston-Hoover Stadium record time of 61.20. Shannon McGrane (Willamette) took second with a time of 61.30, while 2004 All-America honoree Stephanie Avery (Wartburg) took third with a 62.37. Two other 2004 All-Americas repeated in 2005: Jen Dias (Rensselar Poly) finished fourth (62.39) and Laura Hamilton (Calvin) finished eighth (85.39).

Diana Lawson (New Jersey City) set a Division III season-best time in the womens 200-meter dash, as she ran 24.10 en route to her second individual National Championship of the day (100-meter dash, 11.82). Precious Macklin (Lincoln) finished second to Lawson in the 200 (24.27), as she did in the 100, as well. 2004 third-place finisher Sue Abbring (Calvin) took third Saturday, as well, running a 24.38.

Kelly Godsey (Bates) grabbed the womens hammer throw title with a throw of 195-4 in Saturdays competition. 2004 National Champion in the hammer throw, Robyn Jarocki (Wisconsin-Oshkosh), finished second to Godsey with a throw of 184-10. Jarocki claimed both the 2005 shot put and discus titles, as Godsey took second in both events. Anne Baker (Rochester) finished third at 175-2.

Missy Buttry (Wartburg) won her third consecutive womens outdoor 5,000-meter run title, posting a Walston-Hoover Stadium record time of 16:11.90. With the win she became just the third woman in NCAA history to win the event in three consecutive seasons (Julia Kirtland, Macalester, 1985-87). Carter Hamill (Amherst) finished second for the second consecutive year with a time of 16:39.02, while Natalie Retrum of Luther took third (17:02.14).

College of New Jersey (Carolyn Gray, Brittny Boyd, Jessica Bonelli, Tiffany Clark) won the womens 4x400-meter relay Saturday with a Division III season-best time of 3:45.58. Washingtons (St. Louis) team of Danielle Wadlington, Natalie Badowski, Laura Ehret, Michelle McCully took second at 3:46.13, while Wartburg (Stephanie Arey, Amy Koester, Kelli Marlow, Bridget Burns) finished third with a time of 3:46.14.

--Courtesy Wartburg