After setting a Wesleyan school record in the indoor triple jump while capturing second place at the New England Div. III Championships this season, Tommie Lark '12 (photo) went on to place sixth at the NCAA Division III Championships Sat., March 12 at Capital University to earn All-America laurels. He is the first indoor All-American for Wesleyan since Wes Fuhrman '05 placed seventh in the 5k event during the 2006 meet as a grad student.
Qualifying for the finals with a jump of 47-6 1/2 during the trials at the NCAAs, Lark was one of nine individuals vying for All-America honors. He went on to better his effort in the finals, clearing 48-1 3/4 to finish sixth. It was just 3/4 inch shy of his school record and qualifying mark.
In addition to his All-America triple-jump status and all-New England Division III honors in both the triple jump and long jump, Lark received all-New England Open honors in the triple jump when he placed sixth and all-ECAC Division III laurels in the long jump when he finished fifth this winter.
Wesleyan picked up three team points with Lark's effort at Nationals. Final team scoring is due out later tonight.
The Cardinals moved their act outdoors for the opening meet of the spring season, Sat., March 19, when Wesleyan hosted the Spring Break Invitational. Wesleyan had entries in just five events as Ernest Wingate '14 grabbed top honors in both the 100m and 200m races. Jack Pacelle '13 won the 400m event. Wingate and Pacelle were part of the Cardinals' victorious 4x100m relay with help from James Dottin '13 and Allen Mack '13. Eleven runners took part in the 5k with Matt Katz '11 grabbing second.
Wesleyan will take part in the Jerry Gravel Classic at Westfield St. Sat., March 26 for its next action.