Senior Spotlight: Thomas Clark
By John Zak, Staff Writer
The Gettysburg College men’s track and field team finished second out of 10 teams at the Albright Invitational in Reading, PA Saturday.
Contributing to the team’s success was senior co-captain Thomas Clark.
Clark, an economics major from Belle Harbor, New York serves as the only multi-event competitor for the team. The multi-event competition consists of a 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdle race, 1000-meter run, the long jump, shot put, high jump, and pole vault.
Last year, Clark placed fifth in the heptathlon during the Centennial Conference Championship. He holds the Gettysburg College record in the event with a total of 3,376 points.
Clark also ranks seventh all-time in the outdoor track and field decathlon with a total of 4,993 points.
When not prepping for the multi-event, Clark individually specializes in hurdles and the pole vault.
During the team’s most recent performance, Clark recorded a time of 7.47 seconds in the 55-meter race, which was good for second place. Clark also competed in the long jump, where he placed sixth with a 5.73-meter mark.
Clark’s performance at the Albright Invitational shows his commitment to ending his college career on a high note and to leading the team to its best possible finish.
In an interview for Gettysburg College Athletics at the start of the season, director of athletic communications Braden Snyder asked Clark about how he felt in regards to his team’s prospects for the season.
“We have a pretty solid team. Compared to last year we have a really good incoming class that adds a lot of depth,” Clark responded. “We’re now able to fill more events which will help us out in the Conference Championships.”
Clark evokes a sense of confidence about this season, and his talent on the track and in the field leads to strong hopes for a successful end to his college career.