SPARTAN SPORTS WRAP UP
Track & Field:
The Castleton University track & field team has been setting the track ablaze as they close in on the end of the season. Both the men and women’s teams competed at the Springfield College Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 22. This was the last event prior to the New England Division III Championships this past weekend.
Multiple Spartans secured a qualifying spot at Springfield. Grandon Smith led the way for the men as he secured a spot in the 800-meter race. Smith did so in convincing fashion as he destroyed the previous Castleton record with a time of 1:56:99 which earned him a third place finish overall. Freshman Morgan Rainville was the thrower of the day for the men as he led Castleton in both the shot put and the discus.
For the women, they had a couple of their throwers show up in a big way. Freshman Carly Patch found herself a spot in the Championships this past weekend after coming in seventh in the discus with a throw of 33.91 meters. Patch joined teammate Brielle DeBaise at Colby-Sawyer College this past weekend. Elizabeth Bassette and Kaylyn Crompton both broke program records on the track with Bassette crossing at 2:27.24 in the 800-meter-dash and Crompton came in at 5:01.54 in the 1500-meter dash.
The Spartan’s men’s lacrosse team was able to spin their season around as it came to the end as they finished on a three-game winning streak. With conference victories over Johnson State, Green Mountain College and Lyndon State to close out their season, the Spartan’s secured the second seed in the NAC playoffs.
All of the Spartan’s, freshman to senior, were able to get some playing time in the final games as the Spartan’s outscored their last three opponents 49-7. Sam Siegel has led the way with points this season with an even 50 with 31 goals and 19 assists. In the last three games of the year Siegel amassed 13 of those points. Junior Kevin McCarthy was able to get some payback on his former team Lyndon State, as he put up six points on five goals and an assist.
The Spartan’s begin playoffs on May 3 as they rematch Lyndon State at Spartan Stadium at 7pm. Having beat Lyndon 17-3 last week, the hopes are high for the Spartans as they aim to return to NAC championship game once again.