May 18, 2013

Coon sets school record in steeplechase for Cards


---- — SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Another school-record performance by senior Colleen Coon in the 3,000-meter steeplechase highlighted a great two days at the ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the Plattsburgh State women’s outdoor track and field squad.

The regional meet, which was held on the campus of Springfield College, was won by Rowan who beat out runner-up Wheaton by 10 team points (63-53).

Coon turned in a third-place performance in the race, and broke her own school record by posting a time of 11:18.00. The next closest SUNYAC competitor was Ashton Hughes from SUNY Geneseo who posted a 17th-place finish.

Also taking part in the event was junior Katie Ehmann, who finished 19th out of 33 competitors in a time of 12:01.50.

Taking part in the ECAC meet for the final time in her career, senior Amanda Schermerhorn lined up in the starting blocks in a pair of events at the regional bout. The Scotia, N.Y., product and school record holder in the 1,500-meter run took to the lanes in that event and wound up with a 10th-place finish in a time of 4:37.45.

A similar finish awaited Schermerhorn in the 800-meter run as the school record holder in that event crossed the finish line in 2:17.24 — good for 10th place.

Competing in one of the more heavily-populated events at the meet, senior Rosi Cummings turned in a time of 59.52 in the 400-meter dash. That particular time helped the Plattsburgh native finish 21st among the 47-woman field.

After punching a ticket to the ECAC meet in last week’s last chance meet in Oneonta, N.Y., Plattsburgh State’s 4x800-meter relay put up one last great performance. Christen Averill, Jasmine Boncore, Coon and Cummings combined to produce a 14th-place finish in the race by posting a time of 9:46.68. Some 29 teams comprised the field in the relay race.

Sophomore field specialist Amanda Gadway competed in a pair of throwing events at the regional meet. Thursday saw the Malone native go to the circle for the hammer throw and produce an 18th-place toss of 43.8 meters. The next day, Gadway was one of the 28 athletes to take part in the discus throw and came up with a toss of 37.03 meters to finish in 12th place.

As a team, the Cardinals finished in 35th place out of 54 teams thanks to six team points — all of which were corralled by Coon’s finish in the steeplechase.

With the regional meet in the books, a handful of athletes will wait for the NCAA to release their selection lists for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday. If any Plattsburgh State competitors are selected to make up the field, they will head to the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse to take part in the three-day meet on Thursday.

Schram, Allen Compete at ECAC Championships

PRINGFIELD, Mass. — Two Plattsburgh State men’s outdoor track and field athletes – senior Mike Schram and freshman Seth Allen – represented the Cardinals at the ECAC Championships hosted by Springfield College on Thursday and Friday.

Bates College pulled away from the competition to earn the team title at the event, amassing 76 points.

A little less than two weeks removed from dominating in the 10,000-meter run at the SUNYAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Schram took to the lanes once again and turned in another great performance in the event.

The Tupper Lake product crossed the end line in a time of 32:01.96 — good enough to earn a sixth-place finish. He was a little more than one second away from producing a top-five finish.

After breaking a six-year-old meet record in the javelin throw at the SUNYAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Allen continued his great freshman campaign with his first-ever appearance at the ECAC meet. The Burlington, Vt., native was one of 23 athletes who took part in the javelin throw in Springfield and he produced an 18th-place throw of 51.74 meters.

Schram collected three team points for the Cardinals who finished in 28th place among 35 competing institutions.

Absent from the meet was senior Ben Depo, who has been one of the best decathletes in all of NCAA Division III all season long. Depo will have to wait until Sunday, when the NCAA releases its list of competitors for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, to find out if he made the cut for the national meet. The final meet of the season will take place on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse beginning on Thursday and going through next Saturday.