WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The 2017 Southern Vermont College outdoor track & field team's season is officially in the books after a pair of Mountaineers competed in the NCAA Division III New England Championships at Williams College on Friday and Saturday.
Junior Marc Brandmeyer (Bennington, Vt.) participated at the regional event in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase for the second-straight year while freshman Jake Figueiredo (Wethersfield, Conn.) competed in the men's long jump and men's triple jump in just his rookie season.
"It was great to have both Marc and Jake qualify for this meet and compete at this level," said SVC head coach Kathleen Newton '04. "They have helped raised the bar for the SVC track & field program. Coach Kurtzner and I are proud of their accomplishments and their dedicated work ethic."
Figueiredo partook in the long jump Friday afternoon despite Williams' Lee Track getting drenched with steady rain throughout the day. He fouled on his first leap into the pit but would bounce back to chart a distance of 6.37 meters to get on the board. The rookie's final attempt was also a foul—forcing his only mark to rank the SVC freshman 11th overall out of 28 jumpers who partook.
"Both Coach Kurtzner and I were impressed with the way Jake handled himself in very unideal conditions," Newton added. "He remained positive and focused to have a good showing at the competitive championship."
Brandmeyer was the first Mountaineer to compete on Saturday as he took to the track in the morning for the steeplechase. He ran in the second, tougher heat which placed the first nine finishes in the overall standings. The junior completed the race in a time of 9:44.84—coming in just .59 seconds behind his season-best mark in the event.
"Marc ran well against stiff competition and equaled his best time for the season," Newton noted of her junior. "He had another great year, and it was fitting to have it end at the DIII New England's once again."
Saturday afternoon saw Figueiredo return to the runway for the triple jump—this time with the conditions being much-better suited for good marks. The rookie fouled in his first two attempts, but Figueiredo came through with a new personal-best distance of 13.13 meters in his final jump; that topped his previous PR by .18 meters for a new school record.
Figueiredo's marks were the first at a DIII New England championship for Southern Vermont in both the long jump and the triple jump.
SOUTHERN VERMONT RESULTS
Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase
Marc Brandmeyer: 11th – 9:44.84
Men's Long Jump
Jake Figueiredo: 11th – 6.37m
Men's Triple Jump
Jake Figueiredo: 15th – 13.13m (SR)
PR = Personal Record, SR = SVC Record
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