Tommie Lark (photo upper right) had the 19th best triple jump in Division III this season and qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships for the second year in a row after placing eighth nationally a year ago. Lark also is a two-time indoor track All-American, placing fifth in 2012 after finishing sixth in 2011. Lark will be the only Cardinal to compete in the NCAAs at Claremont, Calif. Thurs.-Sat., May 24-26.
Lark defended his triple-jump title at the annual NESCAC track & field championships, this year hosted by Bates Sat., April 28, with a leap of 47-11 3/4 to outdistance the field by more than a foot. That was the effort which qualified him for nationals. He added a second-place leap in the long jump as well, going 23-3 1/2, a mere 1/4 inch shy of the Wesleyan record set 53 years ago. Wesleyan also got a pair of runner-up finishes from LaDarius Drew '15 (main photo) as his :10.69 time in the 100m bettered the Wesleyan all-time mark of :10.7 (hand-timed) set in 1983 while his :21.73 in the 200m also eclipsed the previous school record of :21.9, established in 1983 as well.
Lark and Drew accounted for 34 of the Cardinals' 52 team points from their individual efforts. Wesleyan finished sixth of 11 squads as a team. Also adding the the Cardinals' point total was Skyler Cummins '13 and Bryan Marsh '13, who placed third and seventh, respectively, in the 5k. Chris Sailor '15 (photo lower right) contributed points in both the long jump (eighth) and triple jump (fifth) while Alex Iwamoto '12 gave Wesleyan's sixth-place points in the triple jump. The Cardinals' final points came in the 4x400m relay as the quartet of Drew, Jack Pacelle '13, Paulie Lowther '13 and James Dottin '13 came in seventh.
For their top-three placings during an event, Lark, Drew and Cummins all received all-NESCAC honors during the Championships.
The squad then competed in the New England Div. III meet hosted by MIT Fri.-Sat., May 4-5. With just two Cardinals entered, both placed in the triple jump to reap five team points and put Wesleyan in 26th place among 27 scoring teams. Sailor grabbed sixth in the triple jump while Iwamoto was right behind in seventh.
The team also was represented in the New England Open Championships, again held at MIT, Thurs.-Sat., May 10-12. There, Drew placed fourth in the 200m while tying his school record with a time of :21.73 and came in fifth in the 100m with a :10.81 clocking. Sailor was the only other Cardinal to place with a leap of 47-11 in the triple jump, more than two feet beyond his previous best this season. He took fifth place and put himself in the running for a spot in the NCAA Championships right behind Lark. As a team, Wesleyan placed in a tie for 19th among 38 scoring teams. Sailor just missed out on a spot in Nationals despite tying for 20th nationally as only 20 individuals qualify in an event.
Wesleyan closed out the regular season at RPI Thurs.-Fri., May 17-18 in the ECAC Div. III Championships as Drew, Lark and Sailor looked to improve their positions in the national rankings. Lark grabbed second in the long jump with a school-record effort of 23-5, snapping the 53-year-old standard, but was borderline nationally in that event and fell short of qualifying for NCAAs by 2-1/4 inches. Lark did not compete in the triple jump while Sailor did not up his performance from the pervious week. Drew had two place-taking efforts, coming in fifth in the 100m and seventh in the 200m, but neither time undercut his previous bests for the year. On the cusp of national qualification in the 100m, Drew came up .01 seconds shy of national qualification as :10.68 was the cutoff for the top-20. Wesleyan accumulated 14 team points at ECACs to tie for 22nd of 63 scoring teams.