The men had a lone winner on the weekend in senior Zakk Hess in the 3000 Meter Run. He was able to improve on his own school record in the event when he finished with a time of 8:29.31. Zakk also took 2nd place in the 5000 Meter Run, with a time of 15:06.74. He was joined in the 3000 Meter Run by junior Kyle Collins (5th place; 8:38.98). Kyle also scored in the 5000 Meter Run (6th place; 15:29.52) along with senior Chris Shartrand (7th place; 15:30.31).
Other scorers on the track for the men included junior Collin Mulcahy in the Mile (2nd place; 4:15.92) and the 800 Meter Run (8th place; 2:11.75), junior Nick Watson in the 800 Meter Run (4th place; 1:56.27), and sophomore Patrick Shenal in the 800 Meter Run (6th place; 1:58.35).
The top scoring event in the field was the Weight Throw. Junior Sawyer Bell (3rd place; 16.32 meters), sophomore Kyle Brown (4th place; 16.06 meters), and junior Hsin Chin (8th place; 14.82 meters) all scored in the event. In the Shot Put, freshman Damone Brown finished in 7th place with a throw of 14.31 meters
The Heptathlon made its debut in the SUNYAC Championships this year, and the Blue Devils had two top eight finishers in the event. Freshman Mitch Paciga finished 3rd overall with a total score of 4355 points, which improved on his own freshman record in the event. Senior Doug Imperi finished 4th overall with a score of 4270 points, which is a personal best in the event for him.
Other scorers in the field for the men include Mitch in the High Jump (6th place; 1.88 meters) and fellow freshman Rocky Caparro in the Triple Jump (6th place; 13.33 meters) and the High Jump (8th place; 1.83 meters).
The women had three event winners and two new school records in the meet. Junior Lauren Kotas won the 3000 Meter Run while breaking the school record in that event with a time of 10:18.29. Senior Niki Desens was the other event winner in the Shot Put. She also broke her own school record with a throw of 12.88 meters, or 42’3.25”. Niki also finished 6th overall in the Weight Throw with a toss of 14.30 meters. The other record breaking performance came in the Pole Vault. Junior Olivia Kurbs broke the record, previously held by freshman Kristen Sawyer, with a vault of 3.50 meters, or 11’5.75”. That was good enough for 2nd place in the meet. Sophomore Laura Morrison won the 800 Meter Run, while also breaking her own school record with a time of 2:15.87.
Other scorers included junior Anna Dambacher in the 200 Meter Dash (7th place; 26.41); freshman Brittany Feldman in the 400 Meter Dash (7th place; 1:00.50) as well as in the High Jump (6th place; 1.55 meters); senior Hailey Griewisch in the 60 Meter Hurdles (6th place; 9.59); freshmen Julia Schreier (3rd place; 3.35 meters), Kristen Sawyer (4th place; 3.20 meters), and Mikayla Capestrani (6th place; 3.20 meters) in the Pole Vault; junior Brianne Paganello in the Shot Put (4th place; 12.25 meters); and junior Heather Rickman in the Weight Throw (5th place; 14.57 meters).
Overall, there were a lot of personal best performances by both the men’s and women’s teams in a great SUNYAC Championship performance. The teams will be heading to a last chance meet this coming weekend at Ohio Northern University.