Tommie Lark '11 (main photo courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) continued his stellar jumping for the Cardinals as he won both the long jump (22-4 1/2) and the triple jump (46-3 1/4) during the Cardinal Invitational II meet Sat., Feb. 7. The team record he set two weeks ago in the triple jump (47-1 3/4) remains one of the top performances among Division III athletes.
Lark's wins were complemented by four first-place showings on the track as Brad Litchfield '09 (photo insert, right, bottom) took the 600m (1:26.35), Chris Coleman '10 (photo insert, right, top) captured the 1000m run (2:39.01) and Chris Foster '09 (photo insert. right, middle) bettered the competition in the mile run (4:26.76). Coleman and Litchfield also were part of Wesleyan's triumphant 4x800m relay, which included Matt Katz '11 and Henry Kaplan '10 as well.
Wesleyan also had a handful of runner-up efforts as Avinash Sridhar '11 was second in the 800m, Kaplan was second in the 1000m, Katz was second in the mile, Dan Manuyga '09 was second in the 55m dash and Newman Hoffman '09 was the runner-up in the shot put. Manuyga combined with Kenton Atta-Krah '10, Alex Iwamoto '12 and Lark for a second-place run in the 4x200m relay.
Wesleyan displayed its talent at the M.I.T. Invitational Sat., Feb. 14. There, the Cardinals returned with two first-place performances. Foster repeated as mile champion while Jonah Blumstein '09 came through in the 3000m race. Wesleyan captured places one through four in that event. Manuyga had a strong afternoon in the sprints, placing second of 20 in the 200m and 3rd of 19 in the 55m.
Returning to M.I.T. for the annual New England Division III meet Fri.-Sat., Feb. 20-21, three Cardinals posted points to help Wesleyan place 15th of 24 scoring teams. Lark provided 10 of the team's 12 points with a third-place effort in the long jump and a fifth-place leap in the triple jump. Blumstein came through in the 5k with an eight-place run and Hoffman grabbed eighth in the shot.
At the New England open championships at Boston U. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 27-28, Lark represented Wesleyan in the long jump and triple jump, placing eighth in both events to give the Cardinals two team points and a tied for 31st place.
Lark, Blumstein and Charlie Lang '11 were in action Fri.-Sat., March 6-7 at Tufts for the ECAC Division III meet. Lark placed second in the triple jump and Blumstein came in eighth in the 5k to give Wesleyan nine team points, placing the team in a tie for 34th among 50 scoring teams.
Lark, who sits 15th on the NCAA Division III performance list in the triple jump, will find out shortly whether he will be part of the NCAA Division III Championships hosted by Ohio Northern Fri.-Sat., March 13-14.