Lefort an All-American in men’s heptathlon

Special to the OBSERVER

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Fredonia State’s latest men’s track and field All-American is senior Spencer Lefort (Java Center/Pioneer).

Lefort moved up two places to finish seventh Saturday in the men’s heptathlon at the 2013 NCAA Division III Track & Field championship meet at North Central College.

The top eight finishers earned All-American recognition.

Lefort began his day with a time of 8.85 seconds on the 60-meter hurdles to earn 779 points. He then cleared 4.10 meters (14′ 5.25″) in the pole vault for another 645 points, and finished the competition with a 2:47.16 in the 1,000-meter run for 796 points.

The 2,220 points on the day added to the 2,619 points he had after four events Friday gave him a two-day total of 4,839.

Eric Larson, a sophomore from Central College, won the event with 5,277 points.

It is the fourth straight year Fredonia State men’s track has had at least one All-American. The two most recent are middle distance runner Nick Guarino (2010, 2011) and pole vaulter Broncho Rollins (2013).

Fredonia State has had at least one All-American in 25 different seasons dating back to 1976.

Women’s Lacrosse

Devils hold off

Wooster, 7-5, in opener

Fredonia State opened its 2013 women’s lacrosse season Saturday with a 7-5 win over the College of Wooster at University Stadium.

Rachael Reinis and Kaila Fox had two goals each while Katie Kleine had a goal and two assists.

Fredonia State senior goalkeeper Casey Chiesa made 15 saves.

Shelby Stone had four goals on five shots for the Fighting Scots.

It was the opening game of the season for both teams.

Fredonia State broke out on top on an unassisted goal by Kleine before Wooster tied the game on Stone’s first goal. The Blue Devils closed out the first half with a 4-0 run on goals by Shelby DePew (Macedon), Fox, and two by Reinis.

Wooster twice cut their deficit to two goals when they scored the first two and the last two goals of the second half – three by Stone and one by Molly Sennett. Sandwiched between those four were goals by Fox and Katie Glagolev for the Blue Devils.

Wooster’s Shawna Ferris was credited with 17 saves.

Reinis was Fredonia State’s top field player with eight groundballs and one caused turnover, while Kleine had six groundballs and three caused turnovers. Mary Bruton also recorded three caused turnovers.

Before the game, members of the 2012 team unveiled an NCAA Tournament banner on the University Stadium fence. Last year’s team was the first in Fredonia State women’s lacrosse history to play in the national tournament.