Breaking the Wesleyan record in the indoor triple jump while placing second at the New England Division III meet hosted by Springfield Sat., Feb. 19, Tommie Lark '12 (photo insert lower left) cleared 48-2 1/2, well beyond his previous school record of 47-1 3/4 set in 2009. With his effort, Lark qualified automatically for the NCAA Division III Championship to be held at Capital March 11/12. The automatic qualifying standard is 48-2.
Lark also placed third in the long jump with a 22-7 performance, accounting for 14 of Wesleyan's 37 team points in the meet as the Cardinals placed eighth of 25 scoring teams. MIT won the event with 114 points, followed by Williams with 112.
In total, Wesleyan had seven top-eight finishes to pick up points. Also with a second-place showing was Skyler Cummins '13 (right side main photo) in the 3k with a time of 8:34.90. Bryan Marsh '13 (left side main photo) was fourth in the race (8:38.91). Wesleyan had a pair of fifth-place finishes as Ernest Wingate '14 did so in the 55m hurdles (:07.93) with the distance medley relay squad of Austin Cotant '13, Seth Hafferkamp '12, Sam Roth '13 and Matt Katz '11 also grabbing fifth (10.36.96). Wesleyan's final place-taker was Paulie Lowther '13 in the 200m (:23.24).
Up next for the team was the New England Open championships hosted by Boston U. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 25-26. There, Marsh was the top dog, placing second in the 5k (14:38.30) while Cummins was close behind in fourth (14:44.29), helping Wesleyan finish in a tie for 16th among 35 scoring teams. Both times were good enough for NCAA provisional qualification. Also picking up points was Lark with a sixth-place showing in the triple jump (46-10 1/4) and Wingate, who came in eighth in the 60m hurdles (:08.49).
The final meet for the squad before Nationals was a visit to New York City for the ECAC Division III Meet Fri.-Sat., March 4-5. There, only Lark picked up points for the Cardinals by placing fifth in the long jump (22-5 3/4). Wesleyan tied for 42nd of 53 scoring teams with its four points.