‘Racer’ Mulcahy first in Ithaca 800

ITHACA – Fredonia State sophomore Collin Mulcahy was the men’s 800-meter winner Saturday at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational indoor track and field meet.

Mulcahy crossed the finish line in 1:56.17 to defeat a field of 61 entrants. It was his personal best and was his third individual win of the current indoor season.

“He’s having a phenomenal season,” head coach Tom Wilson said. “He’s got a lot of guts. He’s a pure race, not just a runner. He likes to win the race. Most of the time, if you go out and win the race an (improved) time will be reflected.”

Wilson believes Mulcahy is capable of qualifying for the NCAA Division III indoor meet next month in either the 800 or the mile, possibly both.

“We’re going to make a push the last quarter of the season to get him there,” Wilson said.

While currently outside the top 50 in the 800, he’s 29th in the mile. The top 16 performances in each category qualify for nationals.

Other top performers at Ithaca were Kyle Collins and Jeremy Kozlowski (Dunkirk) in the 400. Collins had a personal-best 8:45.98 to finish fifth in the 3,000 while Kozlowski finished eighth in the 400 with a season-best 52.32 seconds.

In addition, Fredonia State finished first in the distance medley relay, by a wide margin over two other teams. Mulcahy ran the anchor leg on a quartet also consisting of Steve Whittemore, Jonmichael Knapp and Anthony Piacentini. Their winning time was 10:24.98 – almost 14 seconds faster than the second-place team.

In the women’s events, Anna Dambacher first lowered, then smashed, her own school record in the women’s 60 meters Saturday. The sophomore from Divernon, Ill., crossed the line in eight seconds flat, fastest among the 52 women entered at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational. In the final, Dambacher finished second to Binghamton’s Emily Taussig, who posted a winning time of 7.77 seconds. Yet Dambacher’s 7.92 seconds shattered her school record from earlier in the day.

“She’s progressing amazingly,” head coach Tom Wilson said of Dambacher, who also holds school indoor records in the 200 and 400 – all set this season. “She’s great to have on the team because she’s such a hard worker. It’s the same in the classroom.”

Dambacher was also part of Fredonia State’s 4-by-400 relay quartet which finished third Saturday. She combined with Laura Morrison, Devinne Arnold and Kim Foltz to run a 4:09.18, third-fastest in Blue Devil history. Morrison was coming off a personal-best 1:00.78 in the 400, good for fourth place while Foltz finished third in the 800 with a time of 2:20.21.

In field events, Emily Cummiskey finished seventh in the triple jump with a personal-best 10.70 meters and Heather Rickman had a personal-best 12.94 meters in the 20-pound weight throw.