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Track and field sends seven athletes to nationals

by Zach Wagner - Lifestyler Editor
Wed, Mar 11th 2020 05:00 pm
Junior Alayna Fredenburg winds up to throw the ball in the shot put event at the SUNYAC championship meet on Friday, Feb. 28. Fredenburg came in sixth place in that event.
Junior Alayna Fredenburg winds up to throw the ball in the shot put event at the SUNYAC championship meet on Friday, Feb. 28. Fredenburg came in sixth place in that event.

After an historic season on both sides, The College at Brockport men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams traveled to nearby Nazareth College for the All-Atlantic Region Track and Field Conference championship. The two-day event was a tough battle, but the Golden Eagles were able to send multiple athletes off to nationals in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

On the men’s side, junior Olivier Kothor finished as the top qualifier in the 60-meter dash heading into Saturday’s championships. He ran a time of 6.93 seconds, which was 0.02 seconds off the school record he set last time out at the SUNYAC meet. Kothor ended up grabbing third in finals with a time of 6.99 seconds. Despite being ranked 21st in the national rankings, Kothor missed nationals by one spot. He won’t let this discourage him, as he will use this as motivation heading into the outdoor season.

“Although I didn’t get the time I was looking for, I’m happy with what I was able to do,” Kothor said. “I am still hungry for success. It’s tough not being able to go to nationals for indoor but that disappointment drives me to work harder for outdoor and not let that happen again.”

As for the rest of the men’s team’s participants in the regional meet, junior Mike Panzarino finished third in the heptathlon, posting 4,658 points. The 4x200-meter relay team, made up of sophomore Devin Kipp, junior Matthew Kilian, junior Brandon Leiter and sophomore Devon Legrair, placed seventh with a season-best time of 1:32.23.

Senior Tony DeYoung continued his reign as the top shot put thrower in the nation. DeYoung placed ninth in his secondary event, weight throw, hitting a distance of 16.22 meters. Overall, the men’s side finished in fourth place out of 44 teams.

On the women’s side of action, Brockport was able to grab a third place finish out of 41 teams with a handful of strong individual performances. Senior Maya Reina placed second in the women’s pole vault, clearing 3.80 meters. Despite missing a regional title by 0.12 meters, Reina is set to participate in nationals.

Reina heads into the national meet with a goal of bringing home a national title to Brockport, attempting to become the first All-American women’s pole vaulter in school history. She keeps a strong mindset, focusing on the little things in order to be her best on the national stage.

“My mindset is to just to go in doing what I have done all season and performing how I have been,” Reina said. “There are some tweaks that I need to make, but I am ready to show up and bring home some hardware.”

For the rest of the women’s side, the throwing team continued to show dominance, as they have been throughout the season. Junior Alayna Fredenburg placed second in the weight throw, tossing a distance of 15.86. Sophomore Sarah Crockett took home third in the same event, hitting a mark of 15.70 meters.

Senior Satin Holmes placed third in the 60-meter dash final with a time of 7.78 meters, coming short of her own school record by 0.04 seconds. The 4x200-meter relay team, made up of Holmes, freshman Jennifer Metz, freshman Sarah Levine and junior Brianna Lawless, placed fourth with a time of 1:46.48.

The men are sending three athletes to nationals, junior Egypt Page in long jump, senior Taj Shaw in triple jump and DeYoung in shot put. For the women, the Golden Eagles will have Holmes in the 60-meter dash, Reina in pole vault, junior Chaynce Powell in triple jump and Crockett in shot put. These seven athletes will represent the green and gold with hardware and All-American placements on the line.

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