Outdoor Track & Field Logs Stellar Day at NECC/GNAC Championships

isaiah backels hands the baton off to davante smith

WESTON, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College outdoor track & field team stepped up in a big way on Sunday at the New England Collegiate Conference/Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships held at Regis College.

In what was the final meet of the season for all but one of the Mountaineers, SVC chalked up three school records and another 12 personal bests. The event, which was not officially sanctioned by the league, saw Southern Vermont place sixth overall and third out of the four NECC squads that charted team scores.

Senior Marc Brandmeyer (Bennington, Vt.) still has one meet on the schedule as he qualified the week prior for the Division III New England Championships. He will head to Mass. Institute of Technology on Saturday, May 5 to compete in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Junior Isaiah Backels (Derry, N.H.) registered his first collegiate entry in the 400 meter dash at Regis and performed extremely well as he broke the Southern Vermont record with a mark of 55.72 seconds.

Backels was then the first leg of SVC's 4x400 meter relay team which broke its own record from earlier in the season with a 3:38.17. He was followed by sophomore Davanté Smith (Ellenville, N.Y.) and then freshman Dylan Knight (Sweeney, Texas) with Brandmeyer running the last lap for the Mountaineers.

Freshman Emily Ikonen (Hubbardston, Mass.) shaved .22 seconds off of her own school record in the 200 meter dash to chart a time of 29.63 seconds.


Women's Shot Put
Faith Sullivan: 8th – 9.17m (PR)
Lexia Gillette: 15th – 7.03m

Women's Discus
Faith Sullivan: 10th – 20.96m

Women's 200 Meter Dash
Emily Ikonen: 16th – 29.63 (SR)

Women's 400 Meter Dash
Emily Ikonen: 14th – 1:08.20 (PR)

Men's 100 Meter Dash
Isaiah Backels: 6th – 11.74
Dylan Knight: 29th – 12.45

Men's 200 Meter Dash
Isaiah Backels: 6th – 23.85
Dylan Knight: 19th – 25.37
Matthew Hatch: 22nd – 28.22 (PR)
Esteban De La Cruz: 23rd – 29.22 (PR)
Carlos Rivera: 24th – 30.61 (PR) 

Men's 400 Meter Dash
Isaiah Backels: 11th – 55.72 (SR^)
Jesse Kelley: 15th – 59.11
Matthew Hatch: 17th – 1:07.25
Esteban De La Cruz: 18th – 107.55 (PR)
Carlos Rivera: 19th – 1:11.94 (PR)

Men's 800 Meter Run
Davanté Smith: 1st – 1:59.15 (SR)
Marc Brandmeyer: 2nd – 2:03.29
C.G. Holden: 13th – 2:24.59 (PR)

Men's 1500 Meter Run
Marc Brandmeyer: 1st – 4:14.14
Davanté Smith: 5th – 4:29.50 (PR)
C.G. Holden: 9th – 4:45.51 (PR) 

Men's 5000 Meter Run
Marc Brandmeyer: 1st – 16:23.01
C.G. Holden: 4th – 17:33.82 (PR)

Men's 4x400 Meter Relay

I. Backels, D. Smith, D. Knight, M. Brandmeyer: 4th – 3:38.17 (SR)

PR = Personal Record, SR = SVC Record, SR^ = SVC Record & first-time participation for individual, PR* = First-time Participation for Individual, SR* = First-time Participation for SVC, Q = Qualifying Mark for DIII New England Championship