Tommie Lark '11 Wins NESCAC Triple Jump, Qualifies for NCAAs Along With Mike Moody '10 in Javelin
With a then personal-best performance of 47-7 1/2 in the triple jump and 22-4 1/2 in the long jump, Tommie Lark '11 (main photo) accounted for just over one-third of Wesleyan's team point total during the NESCAC Championships hosted by Conn. College Sat., April 25. Wesleyan accumulated 54 team points to place seventh of 11 teams. Lark won the triple jump as his effort was good enough for provisional qualification to the NCAA Division III Championships, which he attended for the first time last spring. At the end of the regular season, Lark remained ranked 14th nationally and was one of 17 individuals chosen to compete in the triple jump at the NCAAs at Marietta May 21-23.
At the NCAAs, Lark bettered his previous best with a leap of 47-9 1/4, good enough for 10th place among 17 entrants, but it was 1-1/4" shy of advancing to the final round of the event. Thus, Wesleyan did not garner any team points.
Lark also placed second in the long jump at the NESCACs and was part of the Cardinals' eighth-place 4x100m relay with Alex Iwamoto '12, Kenton Atta-Krah '09 and Jadeene Gabay '10. Iwamoto also picked up point with his fourth-place leap in the triple jump.
In other field events, Mike Moody '10 (photo insert middle left) finished third in the javelin and Newman Hoffman '09 placed fifth in the shot put. Moody's earlier school record and NCAA provisional toss of 203-7 ended up tied for fifth nationally and qualifed him for his first trip to Nationals. Unfortunately due to injury, he will be unable to participate in the NCAAs.
On the track, Wesleyan had three individual placewinners at NESCACs led by Jonah Blumstein '09 (photo insert lower left) in the 10k as he was runner-up. Charles Lang '11 (photo insert upper left) was fourth in the event. Chris Coleman '10 grabbed eighth in the 800m run and was a member, along with Chris Foster '09, Brad Litchfield '09 and Justin Spring '10, of the distance medley relay squad which placed third.
For their efforts in placing third or better in an event, Lark, Blumstein, Moody and the distance medley relay squad all earned all-NESCAC laurels.
Up next for the squad was a trip to Springfield College Fri. and Sat., May 1-2 for those who qualified for the New England Division III Championships. There Lark placed fifth in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump. Wesleyan top placing came from Coleman in the 800m event as he came in third with a time of 1:54.42.
Another small contingent of qualifiers headed to UMass Amherst for the New England Open Championship Thurs.-Sat., May 7-9. There Lang and Blumstein switches spots in the 10k from their NESCAC finishes as Lang was runner-up and Blumstein grabbed fourth. Lang's time of 31:36.52 was the fastest by a Cardinal this season. Also producing team points with a fourth-place in the triple jump was Lark. In total, Wesleyan amassed 18 points to tie for 16th among 41 scoring teams.
At final regular-season meet of the year, the ECAC Division III Championships at Springfield Thurs. & Fri., May 14-15, Blumstein was the lone Cardinal to score, finishing third in the 10k with a time of 31:45.37. His six team points put Wesleyan in a tie for 38th among 56 scoring teams.