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Reina breaks own SUNYAC record for indoor track and field

by Zach Wagner - Lifestyles Editor
Wed, Feb 5th 2020 05:00 pm
Senior Maya Reina runs to attempt to clear the bar in the pole vault event. Reina broke her own SUNYAC record on Friday, Jan. 31, at Rochester Institute of Technology in the pole vault event.
Senior Maya Reina runs to attempt to clear the bar in the pole vault event. Reina broke her own SUNYAC record on Friday, Jan. 31, at Rochester Institute of Technology in the pole vault event.

The College at Brockport men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams traveled to nearby Rochester Institute of Technology for the Tiger Invitational on Friday, Jan. 31, where both sides were able to put up impressive performances.

On the men’s side, junior Olivier Kothor took home a first place finish in the 200-meter dash, running a time of 23.02, giving him the best mark on the team for the season thus far. Kothor’s adjustments to his diet and sleep schedule have helped him improve his times from last year to the current season.

“I would say diet and sleep are the most crucial factors for progress overall for me,” Kothor said. “Just because practice and weightlifting are easy to get past once you develop a routine, but as a student it can be challenging to get proper sleep and nutrition constantly.”

The proper preparation and going the extra mile seemed to pay off for Kothor, as he felt comfortable and prepared, giving himself a nice confidence boost heading into the latter half of the indoor season.

“I felt really good about [my performance]; it was a big confidence boost for me to take first, especially after I made a few changes to my preparation that week and it showed in the time I ran, which was a season best so far,” Kothor said.

 As for the rest of the men’s side, the Golden Eagles were able to grab first place finishes in multiple other events. Senior thrower Tony DeYoung was able to grab a first place finish in the shot put, throwing 16.33 meters, giving himself a national rank of 9th. DeYoung’s throwing mate, senior Christian Johnson, held his own as well, grabbing second place with a throw of 15.20 meters.

Senior Matt Faulise was able to bring home another win for the throwing team, placing first in the weight throw, tossing 15.90 meters. Junior Mike Penzarino added to the impressive outing for the men by taking first place in the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:44.60.

On the women’s side, they kept the same dominant nature as the men, taking multiple victories in a variety of events. Among all the impressive performances of the day, senior pole vaulter Maya Reina was able to beat her own record, setting a new all-time best in the SUNYAC with a mark of 3.78 meters.

Reina has had her mind set on breaking her record the entire season. Having a good feeling heading into this weekend’s meet, she saw it as a good opportunity to take it down.

 “Going into the season my goal was to break the record,” Reina said. “But on Friday, I felt really good about it going into the meet.”

Heading into the rest of the season, Reina has high expectations for herself and her squad. She believes that both sides, men and women have enough talent and depth to bring home SUNYAC titles.

“As a team on both sides, we want to win SUNYACs,” Reina said. “With the amount of talent we have on the team, I know we will be able to do it. For myself, I would like to become the first female All-American pole vaulter in Brockport history.”

Along with the record breaking performance, All-American junior Chanyce Powell grabbed first place in the triple jump. Sophomore Sarah Crockett won the women’s shot put, missing her season-best by a narrow margin. Crockett is currently ranked #32 in the nation for her event. Junior Brianna Lawless added to the string of wins, taking first place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.06.

Both the men’s and women’s teams are back in action next weekend as they are set to host the Brockport Multi in a two-day event. The Golden Eagles will look to use the collection of strong performances as momentum heading into the rest of the indoor track season.

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