Spartans Place Second at Inaugural NAC Championships

Spartans Place Second at Inaugural NAC Championships

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's track and field team took home a second-place finish on Sunday at the inaugural North Atlantic Conference Championships hosted by Colby-Sawyer on the Sally Shaw Veitch Track and Field.

The Spartans collected 126 points as a team, finishing second only to Colby-Sawyer, which had 227. UMaine-Farmington finished in third, with 96 points, while Husson (78), New England College (32), Green Mountain (26) and Johnson St. (3) rounded out the four-through-seven spots.

Four Spartans finished atop the leaderboard in an event, as Austin Beauregard, Israel Dudley, Tayler Larmie and Bowen Lord captured first-place finishes. Beauregard took the top spot in the 110-meter hurdles, while Dudley was first in the high jump. Larmie and Lord continued their dominance in the throwing discipline, as they claimed first-place finishes in the hammer throw and javelin, respectively. Beauregard and Lord each qualified for the New England Division III Championships, which will be held next weekend at Springfield College.

Beauregard's time of 16.15 seconds was a personal best and a new school record in the 110-meter event, while his second-place time of 1:01.59 in the 400-meter hurdles was just off of the pace of the school record. Brandon Poulin collected a top-five finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.85 seconds—beating his previous personal best.

Grandon Smith placed second in the 800-meter run, crossing in 2:02.55. Smith also collected a third-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a school-record time of 4:14.08, less than one full second behind the second-place finisher. Jonah Lavigne rounded out the individual running events with a sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run, posting a time of 18:07.96, and a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:09.32. The Spartans' 4x100-meter-relay team of Poulin, Smith, Isaiah Pearson and Sebastien Crowell also set a school record, finishing in fourth place with a time of 46.15 seconds.

Dudley set a new school record en route to his top finish in the high jump, clearing 1.83 meters. Justin Wilkinson tied his personal record in the pole vault at the event, clearing 3.65 meters for a second-place finish.

The Spartan throwers were strong once more, as Larmie placed in the top five in three separate events. The freshman won the hammer throw with a distance of 35.88 meters, while taking second in the shot put with a school-record 12.99-meter distance and third in the discus with a 34.14-meter throw. Jackson Dwyer was equally as efficient for Castleton, recording three top-five finishes of his own. Dwyer finished second in the discus (37.77 meters), while finishing fourth in both the shot put (11.06 meters) and the hammer throw (31.12 meters).

Lord led the way in the javelin, recording a first-place distance of 49.93 meters, besting the second-place finisher by more than two full meters. Clayton Bailey finished third in the javelin with a throw of 42.95 meters.