CORTLAND — Senior Ben Depo posted a first-place finish in the decathlon and freshman Seth Allen produced a SUNYAC Outdoor Track and Field meet record in the javelin throw to lead the Plattsburgh State men’s outdoor track and field team at the SUNYAC Championships at SUNY Cortland on Friday and Saturday.
Depo accumulated some 6,176 points in the decathlon en route to the first-place finish to help the Cardinals record a seventh-place finish in the conference meet. Plattsburgh State amassed 45 team points while the host team and champion SUNY Cortland racked up 200 points to beat out Oneonta State for the team championship.
Allen, who hails from Burlington, Vt., actually broke the meet record on a pair of occasions in the javelin throw but his fifth toss of of 58.53 meters gave him a 10-point finish in the event. The previous meet record was set in 2007 by Brockport’s Ken Ciolek. who turned in a throw of 57.97 meters.
“We really came in and had some great performances,” said Plattsburgh State head coach Nick Jones. “It was a great finish between Ben and the Spencer Lefort from Oneonta State.”
Depo, who calls Saranac home, recorded first-place finishes in five of the 10 events in the decathlon.
Mike Schram starred in the 10,000-meter run for the Cardianals as the senior posted a first-place finish in a time of 31:37.54. With his finish, Schram grabbed 10 team points for the Cardinals and was over 40 seconds ahead of Oneonta State’s Jimmy Bernstein who finished the race in second place.
Freshman Luke Potash narrowly missed a top-10 finish in the 400-meter dash with an 11th-place time of 51.35 seconds.
In other track events, Trevor Kent finished in 16th place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.37. Junior Adam Shearer turned in a 13rh-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:11.56.