Tommie Lark '12 Rewrites School Record in Triple Jump, Sets NESCAC Meet Record While Qualifying for NCAAs Before Adding All-New England Honors
Tommie Lark '12 (photo) broke both the Wesleyan school record for the triple jump as well as the NESCAC Championships meet record when he won the event for the second time in his career with a leap of 48-11 3/4 during the Championships hosted by Wesleyan Sat., April 30. Both previous marks of 48-4 1/4 for Wesleyan and 47-8 1/2 for the NESCAC meet were held by Sam Grover '08. Lark had been the 2009 NESCAC Championships triple jump champion.
With his effort, Lark qualified automatically for the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships for the second time. He also attended the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in March, finishing sixth in the triple jump for All-America laurels. He holds the Wesleyan indoor triple jump mark of 48-2 1/2 done this past winter. Along with his 10 team points in the triple jump in Wesleyan's cause at the NESCAC meet, Lark added eight points by placing second in the long jump with a solid 22-5 leap. Wesleyan collected 54 teams points on its way to a seventh-place team finish. A year ago, Wesleyan came in ninth with just 19 points.
Paulie Lowther '13 had Wesleyan's next-best point-scoring effort with a second-place showing in the 100m. Jack Pacelle '13 placed in two events, grabbing fourth in the 400m and fifth in the 200m. Skyler Cummins '13 and Chariie Lang '11 both had a fourth-place effort in a distance race, the former in the 5k and the latter in the 10k. The final individual points were turned in by Ernest Wingate '14, who finished sixth in the 110m hurdles. Wingate, Lowther and Pacelle all were part of a seventh-place effort in the 4x100m relay while Wingate, Pacelle and Lark were on the 4x400m relay that also placed seventh. James Dottin '13 was the fourth member of both relays. The last two Cardinal points of the day came from the distance medley relay of Austin Cotant '13, Seth Hafferkamp '12, Sam Roth '13 and Matt Katz '11, which gave Wesleyan another seventh-place finish.
Next up for the track team was the New England Division III meet hosted by MIT Thurs.-Sat., May 5-7. Three Cardinals factored into the scoring there, allowing Wesleyan to place 24th of 31 scoring teams. Lark grabbed fourth in the long jump with a 22-9 effort. Alex Iwamoto '12 took seventh in the triple jump (44-6 1/4) and Pacelle snagged a tie for eighth in the 200m (:22.62). All three received all-New England Div. III honors for their efforts.
Lark went on to place third in the triple jump (47-4 1/2) and seventh in the long jump (23-0) at the New England Open Championships hosted by Southern Conn. Thurs.-Sat., May 12-14, giving Wesleyan eight teams points and a tie for 22nd among 37 scoring teams. Thus Lark added all-New England Open accolades to his credits this season.
The final scheduled meet of the season came up Thurs.-Fri., May 19-20 at Moravian for the ECAC Div. III Championships. Wesleyan chose not to send any competitors, so for all but Lark, who will participate in the NCAA Div. III Championships in the triple jump at Ohio Wesleyan Thurs.-Sat., May 26-28, the season is at an end. Lark will hope to at least equal his indoor effort as he achieved All-America laurels with a sixth-place performance back in March.