Members of the Fredonia State men's soccer team continued its partnership with the local Special Olympics chapter for an afternoon of bowling Feb. 28 at Lucky Lanes.
Approximately 20 soccer players competed with over 40 Special Olympians from local schools. Following the event, each soccer player presented mini Blue Devil soccer balls to their fellow participants.
The event was organized by area Special Olympics coordinator Sue Hertlein along with Fredonia State head men's soccer coach P.J. Gondek.
Photo Courtesy of SUNY Fredonia Athletics
Fredonia State men’s soccer players pose with local Special Olympians during a bowling outing in February.
Indoor Track & Field
Hess 5th in 5K; two sprinters advance
Fredonia State junior Zakk Hess finished fifth in the 5,000 meters on the first day of the ECAC Division III Indoor Track & Field championship.
Hess covered the distance in 15:02. 14 and earned four team points for the Blue Devil men. There were 23 men entered in the event.
Blue Devil sophomore Eric Williams competed in the preliminaries of the men's 60 hurdles. He turned in the fifth fastest time - 8.28 seconds - and advanced to the eight-man final Saturday. Williams's preliminary time is the 24th fastest in NCAA Division III this winter. He is also entered in the men's 200 Saturday.
Hess will also be back on the Reggie Lewis Center track Saturday when he and freshman Bobby Cooper compete in the men's mile. Other Blue Devil men are junior Jonmichael Knapp in the 400; freshman Pat Shenal in the 800; senior Steve Whittemore in the 1,000; sophomore Kyle Collins in the 3,000; the 4-by-200 relay of sophomore Jeremy Kozlowski (Dunkirk), senior Doug Imperi (Angola), Knapp, and freshman Russell Catalano; senior Alex Brennan and senior Brian Ogilvie in the long jump; and sophomore Hsin Chin in the 35-pound weight throw.
In women's events, sophomore Anna Dambacher broke her own school record in the 60 dash Friday. Her preliminary time of 7.84 seconds is two-hundredths of a second than her previous-best time. It was also the 10th fastest time in the 46-woman field. Dambacher will run in the consolation final Saturday. She and freshman Devinne Arnold are also entered in the 200 meters.
Other Blue Devil women in action Saturday are senior Kim Foltz in the 800; junior Amanda Cocchiara in the 3,000 and sophomore Kayleigh Wasielewski in the high jump.