Midday Chatter – NCAA Championship Update (Track & Field, Baseball) and Other Points of Interest

Monmouth sophomore Vincent DuVernois has quite a bit in common with the National Champion Javelin Thrower from the 2008 US Olympic Trials.

For those who have difficulty remembering what they ate for breakfast never mind remembering who the 2008 US javelin champ was, his name is Bobby Smith.

Smith, who was fondly featured in an ESPN.com story after claiming Gold at the Olympic Trials three years ago, competed collegiately at Monmouth where he earned a pair of NEC titles and an All-America selection.

In fact, Smith had been the last Hawk to claim NCAA Men’s Outdoor All-America honors until this week.

Fresh off his 2011 NEC crown and solid showing at the NCAA East Regional meet, DuVernois etched his name next to Smith in Monmouth’s record book.  It wasn’t his seasonal best, but DuVernois’ throw of 68.34m (224’ 2”) landed him in 16th place at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, IA.

With the top-8 finishers scoring points and earning a spot on the All-American First Team, DuVernois’ 16th-place showing earned him the final spot on the Second Team.

DuVernois still has a long road ahead if he hopes to become the US National Champion, but earning collegiate All-American honors at Monmouth isn’t a bad place to start.  Just ask Bobby Smith.

Multi-Talented FitzSimons Also In Iowa
DuVernois wasn’t alone representing the NEC out in Des Moines.  Mount St. Mary’s decathlete Tom FitzSimons is still out in the Hawkeye State vying for a national title.  FitzSimons, who won the Penn Relays earlier this spring, headed into the NCAA Championship meet with a season best of 7,607 points, which seeded him 13th in the 26-entrant field.

The competition was slated to begin at 1:00 pm EST on June 9, but inclement weather pushed the start back to 2:15 pm.  For real-time results visit http://www.ncaa.com/content/di-outdoor-track-field-live-results.

Phenomenal Finish for Frosh Backstop
Sacred Heart came up short in its bid to break the NEC into the win column at the NCAA Regionals, but one Pioneer was able to walk away with some hardware.

After earning NEC All-Tournament Team honors back on May 22, SHU rookie catcher Derick Horn did it again. 

In two games, against Clemson and Connecticut, Horn went 4-for-6 at the plate with a run scored. As a result, the first-year Pioneer earned a spot on the NCAA Clemson Regional All-Tournament Team.

Not bad for a freshman!

In other news – The Northeast Conference Presidents’ Council held its annual spring summit on June 8.  Fairleigh Dickinson University and Dr. Michael Adams hosted the event, during which a number of new initiatives were approved for 2011-12.

Coming Next Week to Overtime!: NEC Year in The Rear-View (Installment 3 of 4) – 5 Bodies of [Great] Work

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