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Track and field continues dominance on familiar soil

by Zach Wagner - Lifestyles Editor
Wed, Feb 12th 2020 10:00 am
Senior Molly Scarpello starts a race on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Golden Eagle Multi & Invitational.
Senior Molly Scarpello starts a race on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Golden Eagle Multi & Invitational.

The College at Brockport men’s and women’s indoor track squads hosted its annual Golden Eagle Multi & Invitational in a two-day event. Both sides were able to generate outstanding performances on the familiar track. While taking first place as a team on each side and dominating a majority of the individual events, the green and gold displayed that it is an elite program from top to bottom.

On the men’s side of action, junior sprinter Egypt Page was able to secure first place in two separate events. He began by running the 60-meter dash with a time of seven seconds flat, then doubling back in the long jump, scoring a distance of 7.20 meters.

Heading into Saturday’s contest, Page felt ready for action right from the jump, surpassing his expectations for himself. Despite a solid solo performance, Page was proud of his teammates for what they did alongside him in the meet.

“I felt great coming into Saturday’s meet, my expectations were blown out of the water,” Page said. “My performance was solid, but it was the performances of my teammates that made noise. Whether it was [senior thrower] Tony [DeYoung] moving to third in the nation or [senior pole vaulter] Maya [Reina] breaking her SUNYAC record again — it brightened my expectations for SUNYACs.”

Page and the rest of the men’s side showed their strength, taking advantage of the home turf. DeYoung followed up on his performance from last time out, nearly breaking the school record this time around. DeYoung took first in the shot put, throwing 17.38 meters. Senior distance runner Alex Burg came in first in the 5-kilometer run, crossing the finish line with a time of 16:06.24.

Heading into the championship season, Page has high expectations for himself and his squad moving forward. He is expecting to go into nationals as the top-seeded athlete and is expecting both the men’s and women’s teams to be celebrating conference championships when it is all said and done.

“My goal is to be the national champion in the long jump — right now I’m ranked second,” Page said. “I want to come into the national meet seeded first. Our team’s goal is to win SUNYACs, men’s and women’s, nothing less.”

On the women’s side of action, the performances were nothing less than outstanding, as the team found success individually and as a whole. Reina raised the bar once again, breaking her own school and SUNYAC record, vaulting herself 3.83 meters.

“This past weekend, for a personal goal, I was looking to move up my national ranking by hopefully clearing 3.83 meters,” Reina said. “As a team goal we were going into the meet ready to win. This was our first scored meet in a few weeks, and we wanted to show up.”

 Reina has high hopes for the rest of the season, aiming at taking home a national title at the end of the season. The national rankings are extremely tight at the top and the results will come down to who will be ready on that day.

“I do see myself as a national champion at the end of the season,” Reina said. “The girls who are currently in first and second are only centimeters away from what I had jumped. But it will all come down to who shows up at nationals.”

The women in green and gold did show up like intended. Senior distance runner Holly Heil and sophomore mid-distance runner Rose Pitman demonstrated good team running by placing first and second, respectively, in the 800-meter run. The 4X400 meter relay, consisting of freshman sprinter Jennifer Metz, freshman sprinter Sarah Levine, Pitman and junior mid-distance runner Brianna Lawless, grabbed first place by hitting the regional qualifying time.

Moving forward, both sides will look to carry this dominant performance throughout the rest of the season. Next week, the Golden Eagles head back to the Rochester Institute of Technology for the midseason meet, looking to grab another victory on both sides of the action.

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