On the men’s side, Collin Mulcahy (SO) will look to win the mile. He is currently the number one seed going into the championships. He will be joined by Bobby Cooper (FR), who has run very strong this indoor season, proving he can run with the top of the conference in the mile. Jesse Mintz (SR) and Jed Kovalovsky (JR) will also look to help the Blue Devils in the mile.In the men’s 5k, the junior duo of Zakk Hess and Chris Shartrand will make a strong stand in a very competitive race. The 3k is another strong event for the Blue Devils, Steve Whittemore (SR), Chris Shartrand and Kyle Collins (SO), will look to fight off a very strong conference crowd and take three spots on the podium.
Jonmichael Knapp (JR) will look to make the podium in both the 400m and 800m. He will have (FR) Patrick Shenal alongside him for the 800m final. In the 400m, Knapp will have Jeremy Kozlowski (SO) and Russell Catalano (FR) to push the pace in the heats before him. Eric Williams (SO) will have a busy championship meet. He will be looking to make the podium in three events, 60mH, pole vault and 200m. Williams will be looking to win his strongest event, the 60mH. Ben Goebel (SR) will be vaulting with Williams; the pair will try and break up a very strong Brockport squad. Goebel is no stranger to this meet; he has competed in every SUNYAC Championships since his freshman year. Alex Brennan (SR) will be the lone jumper for the Blue Devils this year; he will be looking to make the podium for the first time in either event. In the throws cage, Hsin Chin (SO) has proven he is ready to throw far in the weight throw, entering the meet as the third seed, he has thrown personal bests in the last two meets leading up to the championships. He will have teammate Kyle Brown (FR), he will be looking to start his career off with a bang and make the podium. The freshman pair of Joe Gabrielli and Vilanti Marou will work to better their current shot put marks and fight for a podium spot. The men’s relay’s will be a huge point provider in our mission to move up the team rankings for 2014. Both relays enter the meet in the fifth spot.
On the women’s side, Anna Dambacher (SO) will look to continue her dominance in the sprints. She has broken every school record this year from the 60m to the 400m. She will be looking for a strong showing in both the 60m and 200m. Lexi Perez (SR) has been coming on very strong in the latter half of the season; she will work for a podium spot alongside Dambacher. Laura Morrison (FR) is ready to run a personal best in the 400m and make a name for her in the conference. Katie Tresino (SO) and Bonnie Binggeli (FR) will need to fight their way out of the slow heat of the 800m and try and sneak in to the scoring eight. The women’s mile should be a very exciting race, Kim Foltz (SR) will look to follow suit with Mulcahy and win the mile. She will have teammates Lauren Kotas (SO) and Sarah Rocco (JR) to help push the pace for a fast women’s mile. Amanda Cocchiara (JR) will be the lone Blue Devil in the 3k, she will be looking to capture her first indoor podium finish. It’s all about the seniors in the 5k, Anna Hourihan, Alissa Conti and Becca List will all toe up together for the first time and work together to grab as many podium spots as possible. The trio of hurdlers, Hailey Griewisch (JR), Kayleigh Wasielewski (SO) and Gabrielle Macool (FR) will look to make the finals and also make the podium for the Blue Devils. Wasielewski will also be competing in the high jump with teammate Miranda Warner (FR). Olivia Kurbs (SO) and Taylor Benzin (FR) are ready to fight off a strong Cortland pole vault crew. Both vaulters will be looking for their first podium appearances. The jumping events have been the womrn’s strong point in years past. Now, one year older, Emily Cummiskey (SR), Jessica Strozyk (SR) and Meghan Devine (JR) will look to continue a strong trend of points scored in the long jump and triple jump. Brianne Paganello (SO) will be the lone shot put thrower; she has set personal bests in the last two meets coming into the championships. Paganello and Heather Rickman (SO) will team up in the weight throw to fight off a strong Brockport throws team.
“This is the strongest championship team on both sides we have had in a long time. The opportunity to move up in the team standings is finally something us coaches can use to motivate this young track program!” said Coach Wilson. “All the work has been done, dating back to October. My coaching staff and I have very high hopes for the men and women who qualified for the championships” said Wilson. “It will be an exciting meet to watch, an even better meet to compete in!”