La Crosse, Wis. - May 26, 2018 - Senior Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.) of the Springfield College men's track and field program capped off his illustrious career in impressive fashion on Saturday afternoon, as he took fourth overall in the 1500 meter race at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, hosted at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Pinho, who qualified for finals by .03 seconds with a time of 3:55.75 on Thursday, clocked in at 3:54.22 to take fourth overall and earn his second All-America honor of the 2017-18 season. At the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, Pinho also took fourth in the one mile race with a time of 4:12.19 to earn his first-career All-America accolade.
Geneseo's Isaac Garcia-Cassani won a national title in the event with a time of 3:50.21, while Jeremy Hernandez of Ramapo was second with a time of 3:53.17. Washington University in St. Louis' Nick Matteucci was third with a time of 3:53.33, finishing just ahead of Pinho, who was trailed by RPI's Noah Falasco, who rounded out the top five with a mark of 3:54.61.
Pinho jumped out in front to begin the race and put forth a time of 1:05.492 and 1:01.725 in his middle two laps, before closing with a mark of 57.029 seconds in his final lap to take fourth in the event.
It has been quite the year for Pinho, as the Physical Education major broke four separate Springfield College men's track and field program records, including the 800 meter, 1000 meter and one mile race indoors, before setting a new program-best mark in the 1500 meter race earlier this season when he ran a time of 3:47.90 at the Swarthmore Final Qualifying Meet. Last spring, Pinho broke a 21-year-old men's outdoor track and field program record in the 800 meter race, clocking in at 1:52.48.
This now marks the seventh student-athlete to earn All-America honors under the direction of head track and field coach Mike Miller. Assistant track and field coach Anna Steinman, who works with Pinho, has now coached the senior to a pair of All-American performances, while also helping Kristen Madeia (Berlin, Conn.) of the women's team reach the national stage for the first time in her career. On Friday, Springfield College's Whit DeVaux (Wethersfield, Conn.) earned All-America honors in the javelin throw with a sixth-place finish.