In his third trip to the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships, Tommie Lark '12 (photo) turned the adventure into his second All-America effort this year in thsi triple jump as he placed eighth in a field of 19 entrants. His leap of 49-3 broke his own school record set in the NESCAC Championships hosted by Wesleyan four weeks earlier when he qualified automatically for the NCAAs with a 48-11 3/4 performance.
Lark attended the NCAA meet in both 2008 and 2009 before taking a year off from school. His previous trips to the NCAAs outdoors resulted in a 10th- and a 12th-place finish nationally, shy of the top eight which signifies All-America status.
This winter, Lark became an All-American for the first time in his career when he placed sixth at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships in the triple jump with a leap of 48-1 3/4. He had set the Wesleyan indoor record during the New England Division III meet when he traveled 48-2 1/2. Lark earned all-New England Div. III, all-New England Open and all-ECAC Div. III laurels indoors with top-eight finishes in all the major indoor meets.
Outdoors, Lark was all-NESCAC, all-New England Div. III (long jump) and all-New England Open (long jump & triple jump). He did not compete in the ECAC Div. III outdoor meet.
The one team point Lark collected at the NCAA outdoor meet put Wesleyan in a tie for 75th place among 82 scoring teams.