Lefort wins ECAC D-III title in record-setting fashion
NEW YORK – Fredonia State senior Spencer Lefort won the ECAC Division III men’s heptathlon Saturday with a school record, SUNYAC record, and ECAC record score.
Lefort had 4,946 points in the seven events, and improvement of his record by nearly 600 points. He established personal-best in five of the events, including all three on Saturday, and moved up the NCAA qualifying list in the event.
His ECAC-winning score is No. 3 on the NCAA D-III list compiled before this weekend’s meets. The NCAA meet is next week, March 8-9, at Naperville, Ill.
Lefort opened the competition Friday by lowering his 60-meter time to 7.36 seconds, an improvement of .06 seconds. He also cleared a personal-best 1.96 meters in the high jump (6-feet-5 inches), nearly two inches better than before. His other performances Friday were 6.12 meters in the long jump (20-1) and 10.42 meters in the shot put (34-2).
While his PRs Friday were slight gains, his new marks Saturday were shattering. He lowered his 60-meter hurdles time to 8.90 seconds, an improvement by .35 seconds; cleared the pole vault bar set at 4.40 meters (14-5), an improvement of 18.11 inches; and closed out the meet with a 1,000-meter time of 2:47.04, an improvement of 10.02 seconds.
Victor Servito of Stevens Institute finished second with 4,719 points, followed by Ben Depo of Plattsburgh with 4,699. The 11-man field also included multi-event athletes from Alfred, the Coast Guard, Ithaca, The College of New Jersey, Rochester, St. John Fisher, and Wooster.
Three records fall, one by ECAC
NEW YORK – Kim Foltz finished second in the 1,000 meters while she and Leslie Beaton (Bemus Point/Maple Grove) set school records Saturday during the ECAC Division III Indoor Track & Field championship meet at the New Balance Armory.
Foltz, a senior, came across the line in 3:02.45, five seconds faster than her previous best and three-tenths of a second faster than the previous school record held by Lori Andrews since March 2003.
Sarah Sisk of New York University finished just ahead of Foltz with a winning time of in 3:02.30. There were 28 women entered in the event, which draw a field of 28 women.
Foltz earned eight team points for the Blue Devils, who finished with 11 points overall and tied for 22nd in a field of nearly 50 teams.
Earlier in the day, Beaton ran a school-record 800-meter time of 2:19.59 to finish 13th in a field of 24 runners. Her time was fourth-tenths of a second faster than the previous school record set by Rachel McNamara in Feb. 2005.
The two individual records Saturday came on the heels of a new distance medley relay record set Friday. Beaton ran the second leg of the relay, taking the baton from freshman Lauren Kotas. After Beaton came freshman Katie Tresino and sophomore Amanda Cocchiara. They finished with a combined time of 12:36.48, good for seventh place and two team points.
The previous record of 12:44.74 was set in 2007 by the quartet of Aimee Milks, Heather Hoffman, Trish Ippolito and McNamara.
In the shot put, sophomore Niki Desens finished eighth and earned one point for the team with a throw of 12.05 meters (39-feet-6 1/2 inches).
Men’s Track and Field
Blue Devils finish ninth at ECAC indoor meet in NYC
NEW YORK – Fredonia State finished ninth out of 49 men’s teams in the ECAC Division III Indoor Track & Field championship meet at the New Balance Armory.
In addition to a first-place finish by senior Spencer Lefort in the heptathlon, freshman Eric Williams scored points in two individual events. Senior hurdler Carl Caughell and freshman miler Collin Mulcahy scored in one event each.
Williams finished fourth and Caughell seventh in Saturday’s 60-meter hurdles final. Williams ran a final time of 8.33 seconds after a personal-best 8.26 seconds – among the top 20 times nationally – during Friday preliminaries. Caughell followed a personal-best 8.32 seconds Friday with a final time of 8.39 seconds. Williams earned five points and Caughell two points in the event.
Williams also earned two team points for a seventh-place finish in the 200-meter dash. He had a personal-best time of 22.42 seconds, still No. 2 on the Fredonia State men’s indoor top-10 list.
Also finishing seventh was Mulcahy with a time of 4:19.64, good for another two points. On Friday, Mulcahy ran the lead leg of the distance medley relay. He,, senior Ron Wasik (Fredonia/Fredonia), freshman Connor Hayward and sophomore Zakk Hess combined for a time of 10:17.56, the second-fastest DMR time in program history and just four seconds off the school record of 10:13.5 set in 1979.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Ficarro wins Ithaca
Zone 1-meter diving
ITHACA – Fredonia State senior Sarah Ficarro is headed to nationals on a winning note.
Competing in a field of 15 women, Ficarro won the 1-meter springboard zone title Saturday at Ithaca College. Her winning score was 517.65 points. Danica Roskos of The College of New Jersey was second with 503.95 points.
Ficarro and two teammates – one man and one woman – will travel to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving championship meet starting March 20 at Shenandoah, Texas. They earned their national berths during the first day of zone competition Friday.
Ficarro finished second and junior Ashley Keller was third in the 3-meter springboard event Friday to make the NCAA Division III field. Keller finished sixth in the 1-meter Saturday with 465.20 points.
Two other juniors, Katelyn Haley and Breena Cogliandro, scored 463.30 and 385.90 points, respectively, in the 1-meter.
On the men’s side, senior Ryan Fuller finished fourth in Saturday’s 3-meter event with 553.65 points. He punched his NCAA D-III ticket Friday with a second-place finish in the men’s 1-meter.