April 1, 2013

Cardinals record solid weekend of track and field


---- — CLINTON — Plattsburgh State sophomore Amanda Gadway came up with a school-record and ECAC-qualifying toss of 40.34 meters in the discus throw for just one of the highlights for the Cardinals at the Hamilton Track & Field Invitational on Saturday.

Gadway was just one of a cadre of Cardinals who turned in some impressive performances in the field events. In the hammer throw, Ashley Gadway launched a 38.53-meter throw that ensured the Malone native would finish in first place.

Victoria Reynolds captured the individual crown in the javelin throw with a toss of 32.52 meters, while Amanda Gadway produced a second-place throw of 30.88 meters. Both tosses were SUNYAC provisional qualifying marks.

Plattsburgh also received a strong performance from freshman Laura Diehl in the field events. The Diehl posted a runner-up finish in the shot put with a throw of 11.06 meters.

Savannah Davis was the final field performer for the Cardinals as she posted a fourth-place finish in the pole vault, clearing the 2.6-meter bar to provisionally qualify for the SUNYAC meet.

In the 200-meter dash, Lauren Carlino finished in second place with a time of 28.2 seconds. Carlino was joined in the top five by Roxanne Grolley, who sprinted to a fifth-place finish in 29.43.

Carlino walked away with the individual crown in the 100-meter dash in 13.64. Grolley placed third in that event, crossing the line in 14.02.

Jasmine Boncore led the charge for Plattsburgh State in the 800-meter run with a third-place finish in 2:32.52. Also in the field were Megan Schweizer (6th, 2:34.28) and Meaghan Sheehan (12th, 2:39.19).

The only long-distance runners of the day for the Cardinals were Katie Ehmann, Lauren Templeton and Erika Ozols, who took to the lanes in the 1,500-meter run. Ehmann (5:05.60) and Templeton (5:06.38) finished third and fourth, respectively, while Ozols (5:43.83) was 10th.

Drollette, Potash lead men

CLINTON — It was a day of great performance for the Plattsburgh men as the athletes competed at the Dick Shea Invitational and the Hamilton Invitational.

The majority of the Cardinals headed to Hamilton College, where Brian Drollette and Luke Potash enjoyed a fine day in the short distance races. Drollette claimed first place in the 200-meter dash (22.98 seconds) and posted a runner-up finish in the 100 (11.37 seconds).

Potash sprinted to a first-place finish in the 400 in 51.2 seconds and was less than half a second behind Drollette in the 200 (23.18 seconds). Freshman Eric Adams also competed in the 100 (third, 11.48) and the 200 (fifth, 23.64).

John Hamilton led a brigade of Cardinals in the 800-meter run, recording a fifth-place finish in a time of 2:04.16. Christian Whalen (10th, 2:07.22), Dylan Hedderman (11th, 2:08.76) and Trevor Kent (12th, 2:09.90) were the next three Plattsburgh State athletes to cross the line.

Adam Shearer (4:09.62) and Ryan Millar (4:11.81) finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,500-meter run. Chris Martin (fourth, 4:18.18) and Jason Flach (eighth, 4:27.66) rounded out the contingent of Cardinals in the top 10.

A trio of 4x400 relay teams took to the lanes for the Cardinals, and the quartet of Hedderman, Millar, Flach and Hamilton recorded the best finish among the group. The four athletes traversed the course in a third-place time of 3:45.55.

In the field events, Corey Duval outpaced the rest of his competition in the shot put, registering a toss of 13.36 meters. The freshman followed that up with a runner-up finish in the discus throw (33.21 meters) before finishing fifth in the hammer throw (34.28 meters).

Newcomer Seth Allen claimed first place in the javelin throw with a toss of 51.7 meters.

Taking a different approach to the start of their outdoor seasons, Ben Depo and Alex Choi headed to West Point to take part in the Army’s Dick Shea Invitational. Both athletes competed in the decathlon, with Depo finishing third with 5,308 points. Choi posted a sixth-place finish in the event with 4,607 points.

Depo amassed first-place finishes in no less than two individual events including the shot put (11.8 meters) and javelin throw (45.47 meters). Choi’s best single-event performance occurred in the 110-meter hurdles, in which he posted a fourth-place time of 18.49.

With week one of the outdoor track and field season in the books, the men’s and women’s teams will split up and head for a pair of different meets next weekend. Some of the athletes will go to Burlington to take part in the University of Vermont’s Catamount Classic on Saturday, while others will go south to Princeton, N.J., to compete in the Sam Howell Invitational on Friday and Saturday.