A pair of javelin throwers also scored. Joseph Gabrielli (Depew, N.Y. / Depew) was fourth with a throw of 44.98m (147'7''), and Brendan Long (Millbrook, N.Y. / Pine Plains) had a throw of 42.57m (139'8'').
In the preliminaries, Chase Towse (East Northport, N.Y. / Northport) moved into the finals on Saturday with a time of 56.64 s.
Merlin Joseph Jr. (Binghamton, N.Y.), Chase Towse (East Northport, N.Y.), and Kyle Collins (Suffern, N.Y.) were third in running events. Damone Brown (Haverstraw, N.Y.) was the lone third-place finisher in a field event. Each of the four earned six team points.
Here is a recap of Saturday's competition:
Joseph Jr., a junior, was third in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:01.30 to earn six points, while senior Bobby Cooper (Macedon, N.Y.) scored fourth points for finishing fifth in 4:02.99. It was the highest individual placement by both men at a SUNYAC meet. Joseph was 9th and Cooper 10th in last year's race.
Towse, a junior, went a personal-best 55.56 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles. It was almost one second faster than his preliminary time Saturday, which netted him Saturday's fourth seed. Towse finished sixth last year.
A fifth-year senior, Collins came through with 14:49.23 in the 5,000 meters, an event which also saw Ethan Francis (Dunkirk, N.Y.) finish seventh in 15:28.01.
A junior, Brown was third in the shot put -- one-half inch out of second -- with a toss of 15.26 meters, or 50 feet, 3/4 of an inch. It was a personal best by nearly 28 inches. Joseph Gabrielli (Depew, N.Y.) had a sixth-place throw of 13.89 meters (45 feet, 7 inches), also a personal-best in the shot put. Gabrielli was fourth, Damone Brown fifth, and senior Kyle Brown (Hamburg, N.Y.) eighth in the discus. Gabrielli's 40.27 meters (132 feet, 1 inch) was a personal-best.
Rocky Caparro (Staten Island, N.Y.), another junior, picked up two points for a seventh-place finish in the triple jump of 13.39 meters (43 feet, 11 1/4 inches).
It was a busy day couple of days for junior Mitchel Paciga (Jeffersonville, N.Y.). He scored a career-best 5,520 points to finish fifth in the decathlon. His 10-event total included a wind-aided personal-best of 6.20 meters (20 feet, 4 1/4 inches) in the long jump. In addition to competing in the decathlon, he took six tries in the open high jump and cleared 1.85 meters -- 6 feet, 3/4 of an inch -- to finish sixth.
BLUE DEVILS ON THE BOARD: A 31-year SUNYAC meet long jump record held by Fredonia alum Pat Corbett -- 7.37 meters in 1986 -- came down Friday when Cortland's Devlen Williams soared 7.44 meters ... the meet and conference shot put records remain the domain of Fredonia alum Dan Mlodozeniec -- 17.64 meters overall and 17.39 for the meet -- during the 1983 season ... Fredonia alum Kym Orr shares the meet high jump record (2.13) and still holds the overall conference mark (2.24 meters), both from the 1985 season ... current Blue Devil assistant coach Ryan Pericozzi, a SUNY Cortland alum, along with Broncho Rollins from Fredonia retained the meet pole vault record for another year at 4.90 meters set in 2011.
Kristen Sawyer (Lockport, N.Y. / Lockport) also earned points in the pole vault for the Devils, placing seventh with a height of 3.20m (10'6'').
The women had a pair of runners score in the 10,000m run. Brenna Donovan (Youngstown, N.Y. / Lewiston-Porter) finished third in 38:37.52, and Kelly Vincent (Randolph, N.Y. / Randolph) was in sixth in a time of 40:31.74.
The only other Blue Devil to score on Day 1 was Rachel Williams (Lockport, N.Y. / Lockport) in the hammer throw. She was seventh with a toss of 43.97m (144'3'').
In preliminaries, Brittany Feldman (Jamestown, N.Y. / Southwestern) set the pace in both the 400m (56.29) and 200m (25.70) dashes. She will be the top seed heading into Saturday's final.
After four events in the heptathalon, Miranda Warner (Westfield, N.Y. / Westfield) is in tenth place.
Feldman was first in the 200 meters and the 400 meters. She earned 10 points for each of the wins as the Blue Devils tied Cortland for fourth-place finish in the team standings. Junior jumper Sarah Couperus (Marion, N.Y.) won the high jump to give Fredonia three SUNYAC champs.
Feldman crossed the 400-meter line in 57.17 seconds -- was nearly one second slower than her season-best 56.29-second effort during Friday's preliminaries. The preliminary time was No. 12 on the NCAA Division III qualifying list prior to the start of Saturday's competition across the country. Later Saturday, she won the 200 meters in 25.66 seconds -- four-hundredths of one second off her Friday's preliminary.
The winning high jump by Couperus was 1.62 meters -- roughly 5 feet, 3 3/4 inches. It was almost two inches higher than she had gone this season and was just a fraction short of her personal-best 1.63 meters when she won the SUNYAC 2016 indoor title. She also was fourth in the triple jump at 10.92 meters (35 feet, 10 inches), giving her 15 team points in the two events.
While Fredonia was finishing fourth, Buffalo State came in seventh. By topping the Bengals, the women earned two points in the Battle by the Lake series and retained the Lake Erie Cup for Fredonia for the third straight year. This year's score, 17 1/2 to 15 1/2, was the closest so far and was the first time that the three-year-old series came down to the final competition of the year.
Here is a recap of the rest of Saturday:
In the discus, a second-place throw by junior Anneliese Bienko (Clarence, N.Y.) earned her Second Team All SUNYAC honors (Feldman and Couperus made First Team). Bineko's best throw of the day measured out at 41.91 meters (137 feet, 6 inches), a personal improvement of over five feet. She moved up from No. 4 to No. 3 on the Fredonia outdoor top-10 list.
Meanwhile, junior Rachel Williams (Lockport, N.Y.) was sixth in the discus at 35.63 meters (116 feet, 11 inches), worth three points and a personal-best She earned five additional points in the shot put with a fourth-place throw of 12.15 meters (39 feet, 10 1/2 inches).
Stephanie Wojnowski (Rochester, N.Y.) was fourth and Julia Johnson (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. A sophomore, Wojnowski ran 11:27.31 and earned five team points. She was fifth at last year's meet. Johnson, a senior, earned two points; she was clocked in a personal-best 11:50.95. It was also the first time she earned individual points at a SUNYAC meet.
Brenna Donovan (Youngstown, N.Y.), a sophomore, was eighth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:22.07, a personal-best by 2.5 seconds. She was fourth Friday in the 10,000 meters.
In the heptathlon, junior Miranda Warner (Westfield, N.Y.) finished eighth among 14 women with a two-day total of 3,173 points, an improvement over her previous-best 3,038 points two weekends ago at the Cortland Classic. Warner's effort included two personal-bests -- 30.92 seconds in the 200 meters, and 26.88 meters in the javelin.
BLUE DEVILS ON THE BOARD: Fredonia alum and former assistant coach Julia (Hopson) Williamson had her SUNYAC meet hammer throw record taken down Friday by Oneonta's Meghan Surdock. Surdock's winning throw was 56.68 meters compared to Hopson's 55.10 meters at the 2009 championship. Hopson still has the best-ever conference throw of 57.25 meters at a 2008 meet.