The 2017 NCAA Track & Field Championships feature two of the best athletes from the Springfield College women’s track and field roster in Courtney Luscier and Carly Markos, and an athlete from the men’s team in Alex Niemiec who’s needed to claw his way back from setbacks throughout his career.
Luscier and Markos have been models of consistency for Springfield, as their names and results have been dominantly posted atop the school’s athletics press releases over the past two years.
For her career, Luscier has completed 33 first place finishes in the 60 meter dash. This year she is yet to fall out of the top three in 60 meter finishes, and has taken third place only once. Although Luscier has struggled to post times close to her career personal best in the 60 (7.67 seconds), she has continuously posted times under the 7.90 mark and the amount of first place finishes can offer a significant amount of encouragement heading into NCAAs.
Luscier has been a force on the track, while Markos has had a strong grip on the contest in the field. Markos has taken first place in either the weight throw or shot put 16 times since her junior year. There will be much anticipation towards an above-average performance from Markos to close out her indoor track career. The senior has steadily risen since the beginning. Since her first year with the Pride, Markos’s personal bests in shot put (12.37 meters), hammer (52.81 meters), and weight throw (18.20 meters) have seen increases between 0.67 and 0.71 (in meters). Prior to NCAAs, in the DIII New England Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championship and NEICAAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Markos has posted two second place finishes in a row. Will she be able to break through and climb one more rung on the ladder to reach first against the best throwers in the nation?
Finally, there’s Alex Niemiec, who’s expressed a sense of perseverance to reach this final point in his track career. Niemiec is a senior who has fought the injury bug his entire collegiate career. But when he’s been healthy, he’s been good. Niemiec has finished in the top ten in his event in 28 consecutive attempts dating back to his junior year. In the beginning of his freshman year, he finished in first place in seven consecutive events, which is split from a string of a five consecutive first place streak by a third and second place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. He’s headed into NCAAs having setting a new personal record in the high jump (2.09 meters). His personal best in long jump came in the outdoor season of his junior year when he leapt 7.46 meters.