Saturday, March 15, 2003

 BAK WINS 5,000 AND DISTANCE RELAY SQUAD FINISHES 4TH AT NCAA INDOOR TRACK MEET

            Greencastle, Ind.- Senior tri-captain Ryan Bak (Suffield, Conn.) won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:30.61 to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a best ever seventh place finish in the NCAA Division III Menís Indoor Track and Field Championships at DePauw University this weekend.  Bak was also named the NCAA Division III New England Regional Runner of the Year and the NCAA Division III National Runner of the Year for Indoor Track and Field.  He won the 1,500-meter run and was seventh in the 5,000 meters, which took place the same day as the 1,500-meter preliminary race, last season. 

Bak also teamed with freshman Thomas Walsh (Springfield, Mass.), sophomore James Porter (New Haven, Conn.), and fellow senior tri-captain Bob McGovern (Warwick, R.I.) to finish fourth in the distance medley relay.  All four were honored as All-Americans for their outstanding performance.  Trinity womenís indoor track and field sophomore Christina Kane (Springfield, Mass.) finished ninth in her preliminary heat of the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:54.30.

TEAM RESULTS
Men
1. Wisc.-LaCrosse                     71
2. Wisc.-Oshkosh                       34
3. Nebraska Wesleyan                     27
4. Gustavus Adolphus                      23
5. College of New Jersey            22
6. McMurry                             16.5
7. Wisc.-Stevens Point            15
7. TRINITY (CONN.)                     15
7. Dubuque                              15
10. Wheaton (Mass.)                        12
10. Muhlenberg                        12
10. Monmouth (Ill.)                  12
10. Keene State                12
14. Williams                             11
14. Wartburg                            11
16. Wisc.-Whitewater                   10
16. St. Norbert                         10
16. Rensselaer                          10
16. Moravian                            10
16. MIT                                   10
21. Wisc.-Platteville                      9
21. Wisc.-Eau Claire               9
23. Wittenberg                         8
23. Rowan                               8
23. Rose-Hulman             8
23. Mary Washington                  8
23. Lynchburg                          8
23. Hamline                              8
29. St. Thomas (Minn.) 7.5
30. Mount Union               7
30. Emory                                7
30. Chicago                              7
33. Loras                                 6
33. Greenville                           6
33. Christopher Newport            6
36. Wabash                              5
36. Springfield                          5
36. Tufts                                   5
36. St. Johnís (Minn.)             5
36. Montclair State                5
36. Augsburg                            5
42. Union                                 4
42. Eastern Oregon             4
42. DePauw                             4
45. Wilmington (Pa.)                 3
45. St. Lawrence                     3
45. North Central             3
45. McDaniel                           3
45. Lawrence                           3
45. Carthage                            3
45. Carleton                             3
52. Illinois Wesleyan                     2
52. Haverford                           2
52. Elizabethtown               2
55. Ithaca                                 1
55. Defiance                             1
55. Bates                                  1
55. Adrian                                1
55. Colby                                 1
55. Central                               1

Women
no team scores

TOP TRINITY FINISHERS
Men
5,000 m run: 1. Ryan Bak, 14:30.61
Distance medley relay: 4. Thomas Walsh, James Porter, Bob McGovern, Bak, 10:13.72

Women
1,500 m run: 8. Christina Kane, 4:54.30 (prelim, did not qualify for finals)