Running in the Inter-Regional Rumble at Oberlin College, Laura Morrison (Wethersfield, Conn. / Wethersfield) and Lauren Kotas (Lancaster, N.Y. / Lancaster) crossed the finish line faster than previous record holder, Kim Foltz (22:18) with times of 21:46 and 22:07, respectively.
As a team, the Blue Devils finished fifth out of 29 teams competing, besting nationally-ranked Allegheny (No. 34) who finished sixth at the meet. Every runner set a personal best 6,000-meter performance on Saturday, including Bonnie Binggeli (Walworth, N.Y. / Gananda) who was just one second shy of the school record (22:19). She now stands as the fourth best finisher in Fredonia's 6,000-meter history.
Two freshman, Hannah Kurbs (Lockport, N.Y. / Lockport) and Stephanie Wojnowski (Rochester, N.Y. / Eastridge) put their own names on Fredonia's record board on Saturday. Kurbs is now fifth, and Wojnowski seventh all-time, in the 6,000-meter run with finishes of 22:38 and 22:45, respectively.
Junior Kara Hall (Bergen, N.Y. / Byron-Bergen) is now eighth place all-time (23:00) in the event.
"The women took advantage of a very fast course and race. Most, if not all of the ladies had personal best 5k splits inside the 6k race. This shows strong racing abilities! The women will be ready to race again at SUNYAC's, where the number ten team in the Atlantic Region (Plattsburgh) will look to hold us off on their home course. I truly believe the lady Blue Devils have more to give". Coach Wilson
Kyle Collins (Suffern, N.Y. / Suffern) is Fredonia's new record-holder in the 8,000-meter run after his fifth-place finish of 24:22. Collin Mulcahy (Batavia, N.Y. / Batavia) also broke the school record on Saturday, crossing the finish line in 24:39 and moving into second on the all-time list. The previous record was set in 1979 by Bob Carroll (24:46).
Merlin Joseph Jr. (Binghamton, N.Y. / Binghamton) was third of the Fredonia finishers with a time of 25:22 with Cody Martini (Palmyra, N.Y. / Palmyra-Macedon) one second behind in fourth place at 25:23.
As a team, the Blue Devils finished ninth in the 32-team field.
"The men simply followed suit with the conditions and competition. It was great to see our men race against out of region teams from the Great Lakes Region. Anytime you can beat a 36 year old school record, things are looking good! The men truly believe in their training, in one another and in themselves. I am very excited to see how SUNYAC's ends up". Coach Wilson