Tommie Lark '12 (left side photo) cleared 48-8 1/4 during the triple-jump competition at the NCAA Division III Championships at Grinnell College Sat., March 10, to place fifth and repeat as an All-American. A year ago, he took sixth place at NCAAs indoors, then accomplished an eighth-place NCAA finish outdoors. Lark entered the indoor NCAAs with the fifth-longest qualifying leap this year.
Lark had picked up 11 points in the New England Div. III meet hosted by Springfield Fri.-Sat., Feb. 17-18, as he triple jumped his way to third place with a 46-4 1/4 leap. His 22-0 1/4 long jump gave him fourth place. Wesleyan's also got points from Chris Sailor '15, who cleared 45-1 3/4 in the triple jump to secure sixth place. Lark then exceeded his earlier performances during the New England Open Fri.-Sat., Feb. 24-25 at Boston U., breaking his own indoor triple jump mark with a second-place leap of 49-1 1/2. He added fourth place in the long jump with a 23-2 3/4 effort. His 49-1 1/2 performance qualified him for the NCAAs.
LaDarius Drew '15 (right side photo) also highlighted Wesleyan's activity in the New England Division III indoor track championships before he set two school record during the New England Open meet. As a team, Wesleyan placed 11th of 24 scoring squads with 30 team points in N.E. Div. III. At the New England Open, Wesleyan collected 16 points to place 16th of 34 scoring teams.
Drew accounted for 16 of the 30 team points at Springfield as he captured first place in the 60m dash with a then-school-record time of :06.96 while his :22.69 clocking in the 200m gave his third-place points. His time in the 200m was just .03 over the school record set in 1999. At the New England Open, Drew bettered both efforts in establishing school marks as he placed sixth in the 60m with a time of :06.93. In the 200m, his preliminary time of :22.08 shattered the Wesleyan standard although Drew did not qualify for the finals, competing against a host of Division I athletes. Drew's 60m time was 20th best in NCAA Division III for the season.Wesleyan was back in action Fri.-Sat., March 2-3 when select members traveled to the Armory in New York City for the ECAC Division III Championships. Drew was the only Cardinal to score, placing second in the 200m (:22.28) and fourth in the 60m (:06.96). Drew's 13 points gave the Cardinals 24th place among 62 scoring teams.
Next up for track is the opening spring season activity, the Jerry Gravel Classic at Westfield St. Sat., March 24.