Fuller takes third in steeplechase at Division III track championships

June 4, 2012

CLAREMONT, Calif. — Springfield College's Brian Fuller placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges Saturday, thus becoming an All-American.

Fuller completed the race with a time of 8:56.05. It was his best time of the year. The grad student from Ludlow finished behind senior Nick Kramer of Calvin, who ran a time of 8:51.01. In second was junior Jack Davies of Middlebury in 8:54.61.

Fuller had qualified in this event second, but in the preliminaries, which took place two days before, he placed 12th overall with a time of 9:16.12 as he tried to conserve energy, yet still qualify for the finals.

A year ago, Fuller had placed ninth at the NCAAs in this same event with a time of 9:13.04. That was one place shy of finishing as an All-American. This year, by finishing third, he did become an All-American.

Fuller's third-place finish earned his Springfield team four points. Those four points allowed SC to finish in a tie for 37th among 84 point-scoring teams at the NCAAs.

Longmeadow doubles teams wins Western Mass. titles

LONGMEADOW — Hannah Epstein and Ashley Toebes of Longmeadow beat teammates Melanie Feen and Annie Hayes 7-5, 6-2 to win the Western Massachusetts girls tennis doubles championship.

The top-seeded pair knocked off the fourth ranked Sabis team of Amanda Vu and Sydney Pasini to earn their trip to the championship round.

Nicos Boborodea and Tom Nilsson beat teammates Austin Lai and Jason Horowitz in the boys doubles tournament 6-3, 7-6.

Bobordea and Nilsson defeated Minnechaug's team of Tom Knight and Alex Smith 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in the semifinals, while Lai and Horowitz defeated another Falcons squad of Alex Reed and Chris Weyant 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Ross Kamin made it to the championship match of the boys singles tournament where he fell to Tom Suchodolski of Amherst 7-5, 6-0.

Yolanda Green and Lisa Calcasola had strong showings in the singles tournament for Longmeadow, making it to the semifinals. Calcasola fell to eventual champion Nicole McCann of Amherst, while Green lost to tournament runner up Maya Hart, also of Amherst.

Longmeadow soccer clinic scheduled for June

LONGMEADOW — Brad Miller, director of Next Level Adventures and coach of the Longmeadow High School boys soccer team, will be offering this clinic for girls and boys ages 7 to 11.

Join Miller and fellow soccer enthusiasts on June 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for hours of fun and excitement learning and playing soccer. Visit www.lprd.net for additional information and registration.

East Longmeadow soccer tryouts to take place this week

EAST LONGMEADOW — The Pioneer Valley Fall 2012 Tryouts will be held June 4 through 7 at Meadow Brook School.

On June 4, the U-9 & U-13 girls will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m., followed by the U-9 & U-13 boys from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

On June 5th, U-10 and U-14 girls tryouts will take place from 5 to 6:15 p.m. with the U-10 and U-14 boys tryouts following from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

U-11 and U-12 girls and boys tryouts originally scheduled for June 6 have been rescheduled for June 7 due to Elementary Music Night.

The girls will take the field from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and the boys will play from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

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