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Track and field awaits SUNYACs after regular season conclusion

by Zach Wagner - Staff Writer
Tue, Apr 30th 2019 03:00 pm
Junior sprinter Molly Scarpello runs with the batton as part of the women's 4x100 relay squad.
Junior sprinter Molly Scarpello runs with the batton as part of the women's 4x100 relay squad.
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The College at Brockport outdoor track and field teams traveled to nearby St. John Fisher on Saturday, April 27, for the fifth and final meet of the regular season. Both sides showed up to the meet feeling confident after putting up great marks and times in Cortland last time around. Confidence was on full display as the Golden Eagles ran up the leaderboards, dominating in nearly every event of the meet. This invitational was a great opportunity for the Golden Eagles to measure themselves against SUNYAC talent, going head to head with league mates Geneseo, Buffalo State, Oswego, and Fredonia. 

Friday was the first day of the invitational and senior thrower Holly Buccheri was the only athlete to compete for Brockport. She put up a winning performance, placing first in the discus throw with a mark of 30.78m. 

On Saturday morning the rest of the squad arrived, ready to show what it had to offer at such a late point in the season. Fighting through the aches and pains from the grueling campaign, the team showed resilience each and every event. 

Starting on the track for the men, the distance team kept its momentum from the string of strong performances throughout the past couple weeks. Senior Dylan Brickner, freshman James  O’Brien and junior Alex Burg showed some stellar pack running in the 3000m steeplechase. Brickner led the way by taking first with a time of 9:56.5. O’Brien crept close behind, finishing in second and crossing the line at 10:13.42. Burg showed out as well, securing fourth place with a time of 10:36.44. 

Senior Sean Kuehn and sophomore Marius Sidlauskas carried the dominance over into the 1500m run. Kuehn grabbed the gold with an impressive 4:03.05 and Sidlauskas took fifth place, coming in at 4:08.06. 

After hitting the regional qualifying time last week in Cortland, the 4x100 relay squad took first once again. Running a relay consisting of all sophomores, Devin Pravetz, Oliver Kothor, Egypt Page, and Matthew Kilian were able to secure the win, running a time of 43.73.  

Heading into a meet with SUNYAC competition, the relay was looking to measure itself against the competition it will be facing in the closely approaching postseason. Anchor leg runner, Kilian, was looking for a confidence booster heading into the race, hoping he and his teammates could make a statement by displaying the potential they have this year. 

“It’s always a confidence booster when you win against other SUNYAC teams,” Kilian said. “But winning by as much as we did makes it even better. It helps keeps us focused for the meet and takes off any building stress we might have.” 

On the women’s side, the 4x100 relay team also put up a performance to remember. Junior Molly Scarpello, senior Cynthia Johnson, junior Satin Holmes, and sophomore Brianna Lawless took home another win for the Golden Eagles, notching an impressive time of 52.09.

In the 3000m steeplechase, the Golden Eagles were able to get four runners into the top ten. Junior Allison Miller led the way, taking home first with a time of 11:19.97. Sophomore Kayleigh Hildreth followed in second at 13:12.11. Junior Megan McIntyre and sophomore Brooke Van Slyke took fifth and seventh place, coming across the line at 13:12.11 and 13:28.44, respectively. 

In the field, senior Kelcey Watson took first in the pole vault, hitting a mark of 3.75m. After coming off a record breaking performance, Watson felt excited but nervous to compete. She wasn’t focused on taking home the win, but just living up to her new expectations following her historic performance. 

“Going into this meet I was both excited and nervous,” Watson said. “I didn’t know how I was going to perform after last week. I didn’t feel any pressure to win, but I did feel pressure to do as well as I did last week.”

To handle the pressure, Watson found the confidence to execute by believing in her skills pertaining to her craft. Behind her heavy spirits and the support from her fellow Golden Eagles, Watson found success in the air again. 

“To deal with the pressure I tried my best to believe in myself and of course I have a great support of my teammates and their encouragement,” said Watson. 

With SUNYACs less than a week away, the team seems to be peaking at just the right time. With a formula of consistency, hard work and grit, it will be hard to slow down the Golden Eagles as they move forward into championship season. Brockport will host the SUNYAC Championships on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4. 

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