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Men's and women's track and field teams compete in SUNYAC territory

by Zach Wagner - Staff Writer
Tue, Apr 23rd 2019 03:00 pm
Sophomore jump specialist Liam Mooney clears the bar in the high jump event during last year's regional meet.
Sophomore jump specialist Liam Mooney clears the bar in the high jump event during last year's regional meet.
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The Brockport men’s and women’s track teams traveled to Cortland this past weekend to participate in the Cortland Classic Invitational. With only two meets left before hosting the SUNYAC Championships, the Golden Eagles seeked qualifying times and marks as the regular season dwindles down to a close. 

Junior Alex Berg got Brockport rolling on Friday on the track, running in the 3,000m steeplechase. Berg was able to grab a fourth place finish with a time of 10:32.40. Senior Andrew Davis kept the pace for the distance team and earned a qualifying spot in the upcoming regional meet, placing first in the 5,000m run with a time of 15:16.80. Sophomore Cody Mooney finished off the strong showing for the distance squad by placing fifth in the 10,000m run. Coming up just short of a regional qualifying time, Mooney crossed the line with a time of 33:58.70. 

In the field on Friday afternoon, the throwers put on a strong performance in the hammer throw, as six Golden Eagles finished in the top fifteen. Junior Johnathon Fleming led the way, placing fourth with a mark of 51.22m. Senior Gunner Rapone and sophomore Matthew Falise grabbed fifth and eighth place, throwing 49.89m and 46.80m. Freshman Joe Weaver continued his weekly dominance, grabbing a first place finish in the pole vault by vaulting 4.80m. 

Saturday for the men proved to be another packed day of superb performances. The 4x100 relay squad made up of sophomore Devin Pravetz, sophomore Oliver Kothor, freshman Devon Legrair and sophomore Matthew Kilian were able to run into second place, making a regional qualifying time of 43.23. 

Kilian, who ran as the anchor leg, and his relay mates had two goals heading into the Cortland Classic: win the event and hit that regional time. Despite coming up short of the gold ribbon, they were still satisfied to lock down a spot at the regional meet. 

“After qualifying for SUNYACs we wanted to take it to the next level and qualify for regionals,” Kilian said. “We had a good showing except for losing the relay, but we got it at the SUNYACs for sure.” 

On the women’s side, junior Allison Miller and junior Krista Kicsak put up commanding times in the 5,000m run. Miller took home the win with a time of 17:47.58 and Kicsak followed closely behind taking third. Freshman Ellie Ramirez took on the 110m hurdles for the women and  finished fourth with a time of 17.14. 

In the field, the women’s featured another record-breaking performance. This time the record-setting feat came from senior pole vaulter Kelcey Watson, who vaulted a SUNYAC and Brockport school-record of 3.85m.  

Watson was just as surprised as everyone else after she found out she broke the record. She had been aiming to clear 12 feet all season and was finally able to reach her goal in Cortland this past weekend.  

“It feels great,” Watson said. “I was in a bit of a shock because I have been struggling to clear 12 [feet] all season, which was my goal heading into the season. It was very unexpected coming into this meet, so it feels like a pretty big accomplishment.”

Moving forward she has very high hopes for the rest of the season and hopes to make her senior year her most memorable. 

“As for the rest of my time here in Brockport, I plan to do the best I can and hopefully get another personal record,” Watson said. 

Watson’s vault mate, junior Maya Reina, was also able to show out for the Golden Eagles. She came in the top five spots , taking fourth with a height of 3.60m. Senior Jessica Craven showed off her SUNYAC-topping arm strength and led all opposition in the hammer throw with a mark of 50.45. 

Like their recent performances, the Golden Eagles have not wasted a single meet yet, putting up great performances on both sides once again. From hitting qualifying times to seeing records fall, the track teams look solid and confident as the postseason comes into sight. 

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