April 25, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross sophomore Nathaniel Couture (Taunton, Mass.) set a new school record in the javelin throw and qualified for the NCAA Regional Meet in Greensboro, N.C. as the Crusader men's track and field team took third overall in their second home meet of the spring season.
Couture's throw of 206'11" shattered a 62-year old record Holy Cross javelin record previously held by Dave Murray. Murray's throw in 1944 was 197'9.25". The sophomore won his fifth javelin competition of the spring and recorded the third best throw in the Patriot League this season.
Also turning in a great individual performance was senior John Nieskens (Peterborough, N.H.), who competed in three events on the afternoon and came away victorious in the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:50.74, which is a personal best.
Nieskens also took second overall in the 1500-meter run with a personal best time of 4:04.05 as he was narrowly edged by Andrew Van Hoogenstyn of UNH by one-hundredth of a second. The senior also place eighth in the 800-meter run.
In the 800-meter run, senior Thomas Severo (Westford, Mass.) finished in third place with a time of 2:01.41. Junior Christopher Bier (Rockville Center, N.Y.) took third in the 400-meter hurdles just over three seconds off the pace at 58.48.
Freshman Andrew Maggio (Chelmsford, Mass.) ran a personal best time of 11.13 in the 100-meter dash to take third place overall and earn six points for the Crusaders.
The Holy Cross 4x100-meter relay team took second place overall behind URI in 42.75. In the 800-meter run, senior Thomas Severo (Westford, Mass.) finished in third place with a time of 2:01.41.
On the field, junior Nicholas Carr (Concord, Mass.) had a second place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 168'3", just short of his season best. The throw was the seventh best in the Patriot League this year.
Senior captain Daniel Ryan (East Hempstead, N.H.) took second overall in the high jump competition with a clearance of 6'4". Sophomore Kevin Dowd (Broad Brook, Conn.) was the runner-up in the triple jump with a distance of 41'0.5".
URI won the overall meet with a total of 188 points with UNH in second place with 168. Holy Cross came in third place with 127 points. Rounding out the field were Quinnipiac (55) and Worcester State (40).
The Crusader men's track and field team will compete again on Sunday, April 30 at the Brown Springtime Invitational in Providence, R.I. Events will begin at 10:00 a.m.