Press-Republican

May 5, 2013

Depo helps PSU to seventh-place finish

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Press-Republican

---- — 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.

Also in the long distance races, senior Ryan Millar recorded a fifth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:23.10.

Potash, Allen, Eric Adams and Esa Jessop combined forces for a sixth-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay race with a time of 44.32 seconds.

Members of the team will have one final chance to qualify for the ECAC meet as the Cardinals are set to compete in the Oneonta State May Meet on Saturday, May 11.

PAGEAU BREAKS HEPTATHLON RECORD

CORTLAND — In one of her final collegiate meets, senior Kristie Pageau shattered an almost five-year-old school record with 4,297 points in the heptathlon to lead the Plattsburgh State women’s outdoor track and field team to a fifth-place finish at the SUNYAC Championships this weekend.

Pageau, who is from Dannemora, recorded first-place finishes in the javelin throw (27.36 meters) and the 800-meter run (2:28.44) to help the Cardinals gain 71 team points at the SUNYAC meet. The host institution SUNY Cortland won the event with 244 points.

“I’m very proud of the way everyone performed today,” said head coach Nick Jones. “We had tremendous performances from Kristie, Colleen [Coon] and Amanda [Schermerhorn].”

Schermerhorn raced to a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.68. but the Scotia, N.Y., product really shined in the 1,500-meter run. With a time of 4:33.90, Schermerhorn grabbed eight team points for the Cardinals and broke a 25-year-old school record in the event. She was less than half a second behind individual champion Cailin Kowalewski from SUNY Geneseo who posted a time of 4:33.53.

Also taking part in the final conference meet of her career, senior Colleen Coon came up with a fantastic performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Coon broke her own school record in the event with a first-place finish in a time of 11:18.95. She left the remainder of the field largely in the dust, finishing over 20 seconds ahead of her nearest competition.

In the 5,000-meter run, Coon crossed the line in fourth place with a time of 18:18.27.

Fellow senior Katie Ehmann also competed in the steeplechase and turned in a fifth-place time of 11:55.63.

In the 400-meter dash, senior Rosi Cummings posted a third-place finish with a time of 58.82 seconds.

In the field events, sophomore Amanda Gadway was unable to come up with yet another school-record breaking performance. Her best finish in the day came in the discus throw with a toss of 40.68 meters. Additionally, she led the Plattsburgh State contingent in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.73 meters that allowed her to finish in fourth place.

Victoria Reynolds turned in a fifth-place toss in the javelin throw with a hurl of 28.46 meters.

Members of the team will have one final chance to qualify for the ECAC meet as the Cardinals are set to compete in the Oneonta State May Meet on Saturday, May 11.