Day 1 was on Friday, and had its share of stellar performances. The women had a strong showing in many events starting with Julia Schreier placing second in the pole vault with a height of 3.50m. Teammates Kristen Sawyer (t-3rd), Mikayla Capestrani (5th), and Olivia Kurbs (6th) all cleared 3.35 meters in the pole vault. For the men, Justyn Haines vaulted extremely well clearing a height of 4.50m to tie for 3rd place in the competition. The women also placed well in the shot put with Anneliese Bienko, Brianne Paganello, and Rachel Williams taking second, seventh and eighth respectively ( 12.07m, 11.53m, 11.45m). Rocky Caparro had a personal record in the triple jump with a distance of 13.87m to take 6th place.
On the track senior, Kyle Collins, ran 15:03.15 in the 5000m which earned him a second place finish. The first day of competition ended on a high note, with both the men’s and women’s DMR teams taking first place in their perspective races. Running for the women were Stephanie Wojnowski, Sam Ruszczyk, Laura Morrison, and Hannah Kurbs in a time of 12:26.71, and for the men Collin Mulcahy, Chase Towse, Nick Watson and Zakk Hess clocked in at 10:12.02. Both teams set new SUNYAC meet records.
Day 2 started off with a bang as well. Laura Morrison began the day for the Blue Devils on the track competing in the mile where she took second place with a time of 5:02.93. Collin Mulcahy also ran the mile and won in a time of 4:08.76, which was a new personal record as well as a SUNYAC meet record. His time is currently the fourth fastest time run this season in Division III.
The Blue Devils performed well in the field events as well. In the high jump freshman Nick Serafin, took seventh place with a jump of 1.93m and sophomore Rocky Caparro took eighth, jumping 1.88m. The women also performed exceptionally well in the high jump. Sophomore Sarah Couperus jumped a PR 1.63m to win the event while teammate Brittany Feldman tied for third with a jump of 1.58m. Feldman had a big day for the Blue Devils! In addition to the high jump she also placed third in the 400 (58.78) and seventh in the 200 (26.28). The men’s weight throwers were on fire, taking second through 5th place. Sawyer Bell threw a PR of 16.81m for second, Kyle Brown threw 16.48 for third and a PR, Hsin Chin had a toss of 15.46m to take fourth, and Kevin Geiser took fifth with a PR throw of 14.44m. Mitch Paciga competed in the heptathlon scoring 3886 points for seventh place. Finally coming in big on the track were Kyle Collins and Zakk Hess who took 2nd and 3rd in the 3000m in times of 8:31.66 and 8:36.11 respectively.
For their final meet of the indoor season before the NCAA championships, the Blue Devils travel to Ohio Northern University for the Polar Bear Last Chance Meet. Good luck!