FSU runners successful at SUNYAC meet
GENESEO – Fredonia State sophomore Collin Mulcahy finished first in the men’s 1,500 meters at the 2014 SUNYAC Outdoor Track & Field championship meet Saturday at SUNY Geneseo.
Mulcahy’s 3:57.02 was .85 of a second faster than the second-place runner, Alex Ngabo of Buffalo State, who came into the meet seeded No. 1 in the event. Mulcahy also finished seventh in the 800 (2:03.06) and earned 12 team points total, tied for eighth most among runners. He was named All SUNYAC as a result of his first-place finish.
Fredonia State had 51 total points to finish seventh out of eight teams.
Fredonia State’s second-best outcome Saturday was a third place by Chris Shartrand in the 3,000 steeplechase. Shartrand edged teammate Steve Whittemore, who finished fourth. Their times were 9:36.48 and 9:38.77, respectively, and together they accounted for 11 points. Both qualified for the ECAC championship meet next weekend.
The Blue Devils other best single event was the men’s decathlon, where Tyler Gajawski (Dunkirk), Doug Imperi (Angola) and Brendan Long, were sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively, to combine for six points. Gajewski’s score of 5,168 points included a 11.84-second 100, good for 683 points. Imperi’s best event was also the 100 – 11.87 seconds for 677 of his 4,808 points.
Also Saturday, Jeremy Kozlowski (Dunkirk) finished third in the 400 (50.92 seconds) and Hsin Chin third in the discus (134 feet). Fredonia State men were seventh in 4×100 relay and eighth in the 4×800 relay.
Friday’s top finisher was Ben Goebel, who cleared 14-9 in the pole vault, and finished second in the event to earn All SUNYAC recognition and entry into next weekend’s ECAC meet. He also earned eight team points.
Also Friday, Kevin Geiser was sixth in the javelin and Chin seventh in the hammer throw. Geiser’s throw covered 45.81 meters (150-3). Chin’s hammer throw was 145-8.
In the women’s events, Anna Dambacher won one SUNYAC title and set two school records Saturday.
Dambacher won the 100 in 12.03 seconds and was second in the 200 in 24.50 seconds. She lowered her own school records in both events. In addition, she moved the NCAA performance lists in both sprints – up to the top 10 in each, pending the outcome of other Division III meets across the country Saturday.
Including points earned in a relay, Dambacher had a total of 19.2 points, most by all female track athletes and third most overall. The Blue Devils finished sixth out of eight teams with 83 team points.
Joining Dambacher on the All SUNYAC team were second-place finishers Kayleigh Wasielewski, Nicole Desens and Emily Cummiskey. In addition, Laura Morrison broke a 28-year-old school record.
Wasielewski finished second in the women’s heptathlon with a score of 3,419 points. Her best events were the high jump (5-2.5), the 100 hurdles (16.13 seconds) and the 200 (27.58 seconds). Wasilewski also tied for fifth in the open high jump (5-1/4).
Cummiskey finished second in the triple jump (36-4-1/4) while Desens was second in the shot put (39-11-1/2). In addition, Desens was third in the discus (131-7) on Saturday after finishing fourth in the hammer throw (137-4) on Friday. The three top four placements earned Desens 19 team points, fourth most in the meet.
Also Saturday, Morrison broke the school record in the 800 when she clocked out in 2:17.69 during preliminaries Friday. That cut nearly three seconds off her previous-best time. In addition, she moved past three other women on the Fredonia State all-time performance list – Jennifer McNerney, Aimee Milks, and previous record-holder Sharon Raymond, who ran 2:19.24 in May 1986
Morrison ran 2:19.51 during Saturday’s 800 final to finish fifth in the event.
Hailey Griewisch (Dunkirk) finished eighth in the 100 high hurdles (17.32 seconds) during Saturday’s session. She teamed with Dambacher, Devinne Arnold and Alexis Perez to finish fourth in the 4×100 relay (49.40 seconds). The Blue Devils were also eighth in the 4×800 relay.
The Blue Devils entered Saturday in fifth place with 20.5 points from Friday. Anna Hourihan earned six points by finishing third in the 10,000 with a time of 38:47.66. Olivia Kurbs tied for fifth in the pole vault (10-2). Jenna Fiacco and Meghan Devine were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the javelin. Fiacco threw 95-9 and Devine 92-1.
Two Blue Devils
chosen to lacrosse
CORTLAND – Junior midfielder Marissa Cussins and freshman goalkeeper Jessica Zagari were selected to the 2014 SUNYAC All-Tournament team.
Cussins scored four goals and collected four draw controls while Zagari made 14 saves in the Blue Devils’ 12-9 semifinal loss Friday to Geneseo.
The all-tourney team was announced Saturday following Cortland’s 14-3 victory over Geneseo in the SUNYAC championship game. It was Cortland’s 16th straight conference championship.