---- — 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.
In his first year at the collegiate level, Allen succeeded in breaking a Plattsburgh State school record in the javelin throw that had stood for some 25 years. The Burlington, Vt., native came up with a championship throw of 58.53 meters in the event and broke a meet record that had been standing for over six years with his great performance. Allen’s first-place toss qualified was an ECAC-qualifier and was over 26 feet further than any of the other competitors were able to throw.
The trio, along with the rest of the team, will take part in one final meet before the two-day ECAC competition. The Cardinals are headed to Oneonta State to participate in the Oneonta State May Meet on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Coon, Pageau, Schermerhorn attain All-SUNYAC Status
CORTLAND — Thanks to their trio of school-record performances at the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, seniors Colleen Coon, Kristie Pageau and Amanda Schermerhorn were each chosen to represent Plattsburgh State on the All-SUNYAC teams it was announced by the league office today.
Coon was the sole representative for the Cardinals to earn a spot on the All-SUNYAC First Team. The Penfield, N.Y., product took part in a pair of events at the conference meet and enjoyed the best performance of her career in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Coon broke her own school record en route to a first-place finish in the event with a time of 11:18.95. Her time was over 20 seconds faster than her nearest competition.
The senior racked up an additional five team points for the Cardinals with a fourth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Coon posted a time of 18:18.27 in that race and was responsible for producing 15 of the 71 team points netted by Plattsburgh State which finished fifth at the event.
Pageau and Schermerhorn each received a spot on the All-SUNYAC Second Team. Pageau, who is out of Dannemora, broke a Plattsburgh State school record that had been standing for nearly five years when she amassed 4,297 points in a runner-up finish in the heptathlon.
In the two-day event, Pageau turned in first-place finishes in two of the seven events including a javelin throw of 27.36 meters and an 800-meter run time of 2:28.44. This is the second All-SUNYAC citation Pageau has earned in the 2012-13 academic year as she nabbed a spot on the All-SUNYAC Women’s Soccer Second Team back in October.
Competing in the final conference meet of her career, Schermerhorn took part in three events but excelled in the 1,500-meter run. The Scotia product reset a 25-year-old school record in the race by crossing the finish line in a second-place time of 4:33.90. She narrowly missed out on a first-place finish in the event, coming in only behind SUNY Geneseo’s Cailin Kowalewski who recorded a time of 4:33.53.
Already the school-record holder in the 800-meter dash, Schermerhorn recorded a fourth-place finish in that event with a time of 2:15.68. She was also the final leg of Plattsburgh State’s 4x400-meter relay team that finished in sixth place ECAC-qualifying time of 4:04.55.