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Brockport track and field has strong out-of-state showing

by Zachary Wagner - Staff Writer
Tue, Apr 16th 2019 10:00 pm
Junior thrower Anthony DeYoung finishes his follow-through after sending the metal ball as far as he could last year in the Outdoor Track and Field SUNYAC Championships.
Junior thrower Anthony DeYoung finishes his follow-through after sending the metal ball as far as he could last year in the Outdoor Track and Field SUNYAC Championships.
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The College at Brockport men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to a rainy Pennsylvania this past weekend to compete in the Bucknell Outdoor Classic. Facing teams from all three divisions, it was a golden opportunity for Brockport to show what it is made of. Despite the elevated competition, individuals from both the men’s and women’s sides were able to showcase their talent, putting on some impressive performances. 

Starting on the track, senior Andrew Davis put on a good performance in the 3000m steeplechase, finishing 17th out of 61 with a time of 9:28.36. Later on in the men’s unseeded 5000m run, the Brockport men were able to showcase some great pack running, finishing within seconds of each other. Junior Sean Kuehn finished 18th with a time of 15:09.31. Sophomore Marius Sidlauskas and freshman Humberto Wallace followed closely behind, finishing 21st and 23rd, posting times of 15:10.95 and 15:12.84, respectively. Junior John Boyzok added to the impressive performances from the distance runners with a SUNY qualifying time in the 10,000 meter run. Posting a time of 33:15.48, Boyzok was able to deliver in his first time competing in the event. 

In field events for the men, junior Taj Shaw came in 10th place out of 18,  jumping 13.63m in the triple jump. Sophomore Anthony DeYoung also finished with a strong performance, placing 16th overall in discus throw with a mark of 45.25m. 

On the women’s side, junior Allison Miller took home the win in her heat of the 3000m steeplechase. Placing eigth overall with a time of 10:54.37, Miller set The College at Brockport women’s 3000m steeplechase record, previously held by Terry Wilson, who ran 10:56.29 in 2006. 

Miller was surprised to hear that she broke the school record following her performance. Heading into the race she had a personal goal in mind, rather than a school record. 

“I had no idea going into the meet what the school record was,” Miller said. “I knew I wanted to go sub-11, but I didn’t know till after the race what the record was.” 

Miller is not going to let the mindset of becoming a school record holder affect her mentality. Even though track is an individual sport, she plans to be there for her teammates cheering them on and doing anything she can in her events to make them better as a whole. 

“Moving forward I’m just focusing on supporting my team and doing what I can to help us score as many points as we can,” Miller said. “I have my own personal goals, but I really just like to enjoy my training and see how it translates in meets.” 

Junior Krista Kicsak was able to pull off quite the performance as well. Competing in the 10,000m run, Kicsak placed third overall with a time of 38:45.63. 

When it came to the field events on the women’s side, the Golden Eagles were able to post some decent personal marks that can be used as momentum carrying them through the rest of the season. 

Senior Jessica Craven and junior Mady Dibble came in with top 20 finishes in the women’s discus throw. Craven found herself placing seventh with a distance of 42.15m. Dibble finished 10 places below at 17th, throwing 37.57m. The dynamic pole vaulting duo consisting of senior Kelcey Watson and junior Maya Reina were able to put up a powerful performance for the women’s side. In a three-way tie for seventh, the pair got identical marks, vaulting 3.57m. 

The weather at the Outdoor Classic was a factor when it came to the events on the track. Huddled and bundled up under tents, the athletes tried their best to stay warm prior to, during and after their events. Due to the pouring rain, the track became slippery, making it harder to gain traction rounding the turns. Sophomore sprinter Matt Killian was able to give some insight on the poor conditions.

“The rain made it much colder than it should’ve been, making it harder to stay warmed up for events,” Killian said. “As the meet went on, the track got slippery, leaving little to no traction.”

Even with the harsh weather and the elevated competition, the Brockport track and field units were able to make great use out of the trip down to Bucknell. From school records to personal bests, the Golden Eagles have hopefully gained some momentum heading into the fast approaching postseason. The teams’ next meet is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at Cortland.