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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Windsor senior becomes the first Eastern male to earn honor in a running event


NORTHFIELD, Minn. –Senior sprinter David Nicholson (WINDSOR) became the first Eastern Connecticut State University male athlete to gain All-America track and field honors in a running event when he placed sixth in the 400 meter dash at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championship at the Tostrud Recreation Center on the campus of St. Olaf College this weekend.

Nicholson, this year’s New England Division III champion at 400 meters, placed fourth in a field of 13 in Friday night’s qualifying round, then placed sixth in Saturday evening’s final. Nicholson  was timed in 48.50 on Friday – his fastest time ever on a flat track – and was clocked in 48.90 in Saturday’s final. Nicholson was seeded ninth overall.

University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse senior Nate Olson won his second straight national title at 400 meters. Olson, who was second in Friday’s qualifying round, led all eight runners in the final with a time of 48.26. Lincoln University junior Bobby Young, who had set a facility record (48.18) in Friday’s qualifying round, was second in the final a time of 48.56. Nicholson finished behind Olson and Young in Saturday’s second heat, with Lincoln University junior Lance Wigfall fourth in the second heat in a time of 49.03.  DeSales University senior Louis Corominas won the first heat of the finals in a time of 48.62, which placed him third overall behind Olson and Young.

Prior to this meet, the only faster time recorded by Nicholson in his career came when he placed sixth at the New England Open two weeks ago. Running on a banked track, he was timed in 48.20, which converted to his seed time of 48.60. In addition to winning the New England Division III title and placing second sixth in the New England Open this year, Nicholson won his second straight New England Alliance championship Feb. 13, was second in a field of 52 at the season-opening Harvard University Invitational Dec. 10 and was third in a field of 48 at Wesleyan University Jan. 28. He has run under 50 seconds in all five meets this year.


Nicholson concludes the final indoor season of his career by competing in a national meet (either indoor or outdoor) for the first time. The only previous Eastern male track athletes to earn All-America accolades were Vinnie Pillari and Jason Edwards. Pillari placed third in the shot put in outdoor competition in 1977. Edwards was a four-time All-America in the long jump. In indoor competition, Edwards was third in 2000 and fourth in 2002 and in oudoor competition was second in 1999 and sixth in 2000.


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