Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

On the right track

Kimberly Spence ’04 hits her stride as running coach

Kim Spence ’04Kimberly “Kim” Spence’s love for track and field actually started on the softball diamond, where her favorite part of the game was stealing bases. That love for running developed into an obsession with track in middle school that was so intense that the New Hampshire native created hurdles out of tree branches, buckets, sawhorses and anything else she could get her hands on to practice.

Her passion for the sport powered her through Wheaton as a student-athlete and now fuels her as the head coach of the track and field and cross country teams, which have both enjoyed successful seasons under her guidance.

During the 2016 track and field season, the women’s team had three individuals and the 4x100-meter relay team qualify to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Another runner qualified for the women’s indoor championships. The Lyons also had eight all-conference performances at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships, which included a Rookie of the Year nod for Cathryn MacGregor ’19 after her performance in the javelin. [Read more...]

Replay: 2015-16 year in review

Baseball: Wheaton captured its 14th New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championship after defeating Babson College in a best-of-three series. The Lyons then earned the top seed in the NCAA New England Regional, which marked the program’s 13th postseason appearance. Eric Dumas ’16 was named the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year, after concluding the regular season with an NCAA-leading 13 saves, while head coach Eric Podbelski was named the D3baseball.com New England Region Coach of the Year. [Read more...]

Hall of Fame 2015 inductees honored

The Department of Athletics and Recreation in October 2015 honored the most recent inductees into the Yowell Hall of Fame with a festive ceremony in Emerson Dining Hall.

The new inductees are: Therese Ross ’86, Jessica Johnson ’98, James Manganello ’99, Deshawnda “Dee-Dee” Williams ’00, Rahiem Greenridge ’02, Damon Whalen ’02, Erin Duffy Corbett ’05, longtime head coach and administrator Del Malloy, and the 1999 women’s indoor track and field team. The 1941 Wheaton Tritons were also honored as the pioneering squad for synchronized swimming, which celebrated its 75th anniversary.

“These seven alums are some of the most accomplished student-athletes in Wheaton’s history, with all of them being named All-American at least twice in their collegiate careers. Along with his accolades as a head coach and taking Wheaton women’s basketball team to the NCAA Final Four, Del Malloy was instrumental as a part of the athletics department staff that helped transition Wheaton athletics from a single-gender athletics department to a coeducational program, said Director of Athletics and Recreation John Sutyak ’00.

“The 1999 women’s indoor track and field team kick-started one of the most dominant stretches in NCAA Division III women’s track and field history,” Sutyak noted. “The depth of talent on that team was rather impressive, and it set a standard of excellence that many of our programs strive for to this day.”

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Finkelstein ’15 joins list of soccer pros

Luke Finkelstein ’15Former Wheaton two-time All-American Luke Finkelstein ’15 has signed a professional soccer contract to play for Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan FC of Israel. Ramat Gan FC plays in the Liga Alef South Division of the Israeli soccer league system.

“Dreams do not come true, you make them happen. I am excited and proud to say I have signed my first professional contract with Hakoah Amidar Ramat Gan FC of Israel,” said Finkelstein, a Peabody, Mass., native. “This dream has become a reality through my work ethic, a positive attitude, and perseverance through many obstacles. I am extremely grateful to the club for allowing me the opportunity to start my professional career and continue to put all of my life, love and dedication into what I love to do.”

Wheaton head coach Matt Cushing, who is in his 22nd year of coaching at Wheaton, said that he is very proud of Finkelstein. “Luke has worked so hard on his game, and now to make a living from the game he loves is so rewarding for him.”

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