TROY — A pair of school-record performances by Jess Huber and Amanda Gadway highlighted a great Saturday for the Plattsburgh State women’s track and field team at the RPI Upstate Track & Field Classic.
Huber, a sophomore from Beekmantown, broke a 15-year-old Plattsburgh State program record en route to a championship finish in the 100-meter dash. Her ECAC-qualifying time of 12.54 seconds was three-hundredths of a second faster than Laurie Delilli’s time which had held strong as a school best speed since 1999.
In the hammer throw, Gadway broke her own school record by making an ECAC qualifying third-place throw of 47.07 meters. The junior out of Malone outdistanced her previous program best of 46.93 meters which was set back on April 27, 2013.
Another ECAC-worthy performance awaited Gadway in the discus throw where she made a third-place toss of 36.52 meters. Hot on the heels of Gadway was sophomore Stephanie Catalioto who checked in at fourth place with a heave of 36.12 meters.
Gadway’s third top-five finish of the meet came in the javelin throw as her toss of 29.1 meters helped her earn a third-place finish. Kelly Siry also took part in the event and wound up posting a fifth-place finish by achieving a distance of 27.79 meters.
Of the five best throws in the shot put, the Cardinals accounted for two of them. Ashley Gadway placed third in the event with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 11.78 meters. Her sister, Amanda, finished fourth with a toss of 11.76 meters. Amanda’s distance would also stand as an ECAC-qualifying mark.
The second of two championship performances for the Cardinals occurred in the 4x100-meter dash. The Plattsburgh State quartet of Rayanne Canet, Lauren Carlino, Roxanne Grolley and Siry combined to put forth a first-place time of 51.76 seconds. The foursome bested four other relay squads in the race.
Canet teamed with Jasmine Boncore, Rebecca Muschio and Megan Schweizer to take third place in the 4x400-meter relay. Thanks to a time of 4:15.25, the group beat out five other squads in the field.
Senior Katie Ehmann earned a top-five finish of her own in the 1,500-meter run. Her time of 5:00.04 in the race allowed the final-year student-athlete to finish fifth in the field of 30 runners.
Bennett ECAC qualifier
Junior Dan Bennett became the first member of the men’s team to post an ECAC-qualifying mark in 2014 with a career-best in the hammer throw at the RPI Upstate Track & Field Classic on Saturday.
Bennett, who hails from Plattsburgh, launched his sixth throw of the event 48.59 meters to earn a spot in the ECAC championships. The junior bettered the ECAC qualifying baseline distance by 0.59 meters.
Bennett flirted with another top-five finish at the meet, but settled for sixth place in the discus throw. His toss of 40.22 meters was 0.15 meters short of cracking the top-five distances.
The Plattsburgh State relay teams enjoyed some good performances in the lanes. Alex Choi, Esa Jessop, Luke Potash and Ethan Vinson combined to earn a third-place finish out of 11 teams in the 4x400-meter relay by turning in a time of 3:28.31.
Potash and Jessop teamed up with Eric Adams and Ty Tedford-Bulriss to secure a fourth-place finish in the 4x100-meter dash. The quartet was clocked in combined time of 44.35 seconds in the seven-team relay competition.
Elsewhere in track action, Jessop raced to a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. The Schuylerville sophomore completed the course in a time of 59.47 seconds.
Only two men bested the freshman Vinson in the 800-meter run. Vinson, who is from Newport, posted a time of 1:57.53 seconds to place third among the field of 30 student-athletes.
In the longest race of the meet, sophomore Zach Rose took to the lanes for Plattsburgh State and placed fifth in the 5,000-meter run. The second-year man was clocked in a time of 16:32.36 during the race.
Plattsburgh State returns to action next Friday when the Cardinals head to Cortland to compete at the Cortland Classic. The two-day meet is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Friday. The second day of competition will begin at 9 a.m. next Saturday.