CORTLAND —Winning the decathlon at the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships, has been commonplace for senior Ben Depo, but with his third win in the event in four years, the Saranac product found himself on the receiving end of an entirely new accolade.
On Monday afternoon, Depo became the first Plattsburgh State athlete to earn the SUNYAC’s Outstanding Male Field Athlete of the Year thanks to his dominant run in the decathlon. The award was one of three Depo hauled in on the day as the senior was also named the league’s Male Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week and earned a spot on the All-SUNYAC First Team for the third time in his outdoor career.
Depo left little in doubt at the conference meet, amassing 6,176 points to earn the first-place finish in the event. His dominant performance included first-place finishes in five of the 10 events that make up the two-day competition and was 378 points ahead of his nearest competitor.
In two of the events, Depo enjoyed the best performances of his career including a time of 11.41 seconds in the 100-meter dash and a 3.75-meter leap in the pole vault. On the national scene, he is ranked eighth nationally in the decathlon.
Joining Depo on the All-SUNYAC First Team is fellow senior Mike Schram and freshman javelin thrower Seth Allen.
To say that Schram was dominant among the 19-man field in the 10,000-meter run would be a bit of an understatement. The Tupper Lake native finished almost 45 seconds ahead of his nearest competition in the event and crossed the line in an ECAC-qualifying first-place time of 31:37.54. Schram was less than one minute slower than the meet record which was set in 2011 by former Plattsburgh State great Mike Heymann.