Fredonia State has five winners at RIT Early Season Invitational

ROCHESTER – Fredonia State had five event winners Thursday night in the men’s indoor track and field meet at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The Blue Devils had a one-two finish in the 400-meters with junior Jonmichael Knapp and freshman Russell Catalano. Knapp’s winning time was :51.83 seconds. Catalano was 0.9 seconds back.

Two freshmen, Joseph Gabrielli and Vilanti Marou, were first and third in the shot put, respectively. Gabrielli’s winning throw was 13.33 meters.

In the 3,000, sophomore Kyle Collins was first and freshman Cody Martini was third. The winning time by Collins was 9:06.41.

Fredonia State’s other individual winner was sophomore Eric Williams in the 60 hurdles, in :8.40 seconds. Williams, Catalano and Knapp combined with sophomore Jeremy Kozlowski (Dunkirk) to win the 1,600 relay in 3:28.31. Williams was also fifth in the pole vault.

In other events, senior Steve Whittermore second in the 1,000; junior Anthony Piacentini was third in the mile, senior Alex Brennan third in the long jump and freshman Patrick Walker third in the 500.

Fourth-place finishers were sophomore Brian Ogilvie in the 60, freshman Nick Nogan in the 400, freshman Robert Cooper in the mile and sophomore Hsin Chin in the 30-pound weight throw.

There was no team scoring. The Blue Devils return to action in January.

Women’s Indoor

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Dambacher doubles, Wasielewski a winner at RIT meet

ROCHESTER – Sophomore sprinter Anna Dambacher was a double winner Thursday at the Early Season Invitational hosted by Rochester Institute of Technology. It was the second meet of women’s indoor track and field season.

Dambacher’s winning time of :8.02 seconds in the 60-meter dash improved on her own school-time time of :8.13 last February. She also first in the 200 in :26.63 seconds.

Lexi Perez, a senior, was fourth in the 60 meters and fifth in the 200 meters. Also, junior Sarah Kalish was seventh in the 60. There were 28 women entered in the event.

Fredonia State’s other first-place finisher was sophomore Kayleigh Wasielewski. She won the high jump with a 1.55-meter clearance. Other second-place finishers were junior Hailey Griewisch (Dunkirk) 60 hurdles in :9.88 seconds, sophomore Olivia Kurbs in the pole vault with an indoor personal-best of 3.05 meters, third-best in program history; and senior Jess Strozyk in the triple jump, with 10.17 meters.

The following Blue Devils finished in the top eight in their respective events: seniors Emily Cummiskey and Strozyk in the pole vault, fourth and seventh, respectively; freshmen Bonnie Bonggeli, Kara Hall and Julia Johnson in the 1,000, fourth, seventh and eighth, respectively; junior Kelsey Travers, sixth in the 400; and sophomore Brianne Paganello, sixth in the shot put.

There was no team scoring. The Blue Devils return to competition in January.


Haley wins 1-meter at Canisius

BUFFALO – Fredonia State senior Katelyn Haley defeated three other women to win the 1-meter springboard diving competition Friday against Canisius College.

Haley earned 234.60 points for six dives to defeat Canisius’s Audrey Mulhisen by 3.5 points. Blue Devil senior Breena Cogliandro (Penfield) was third and freshman Samantha Kowalewski (Attica) fourth with 219.25 and 156.50 points, respectively.

Cogliandro finished second in the women’s 3-meter with 252.80 points, Haley third (249.95), and Kowalawski fourth (156.50).

The swimming portion of the meet is schedule to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. It’ll mark the final competition in 2013 for the Fredonia State women.

For the men, Fredonia State sophomore Rafael Santiago was second in the 1-meter and fourth in the 3-meter during two-team diving competition Friday against Canisius College.

Santiago scored 280.80 points for six dives in the 1-meter to finish .20 points behind Eddie Quarantillo of Canisius. Blue Devil freshman Jeff Matter (East Aurora) finished fourth.

Matter was third and Santiago fourth in the 3-meter competition with 278.60 and 268.60 points, respectively.

Two other freshman, Arron Carlson and Jacob Storms also competed for Fredonia State.

The Blue Devil and Golden Griffin swimmers will conclude the meet starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.