Fredonia State Round-up

Joseph, Francis lead Devils in Track opener

OBSERVER Photo by Mary Ann Wilberg Fredonia State’s Sierra Parsons finished 15th in the 200-yard breast stroke in Sunday’s Blue Devil Invite.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Fredonia senior distance runner Merlin Joseph Jr. finished second in the 3,000 meters at Friday’s season-opening indoor track & field meet, the Youngstown State University Icebreaker.

Joseph’s time of 8:50.72 was a personal-record by 14 seconds. In a field of 21 runners, he finished only 1.3 seconds behind Duquense freshman Casey Conboy. The third-place finisher, Lorne Strausbaugh of Malone, was another 13 seconds back.

In the 5,000 meters, junior Ethan Francis (Dunkirk) finished 11th in a field of 23 runners with a time of 15:33.73. Michael Salvati – one of nine Blue Devil freshmen competing in their first college meet – was clocked in 23.23 seconds in the 200 meters, 18th out of 51 sprinters. Mitchel Paciga, a senior, cleared 4.02 meters (13 feet, 2 1/4 inches) in the pole vault. He finished 11th, two spots behind senior teammate Trent Howard, who cleared 4.17 meters (13 feet, 8 1/4 inches). In the shot put, sophomore Jordan Toland threw a personal-best 13.20 meters (43 feet, 3 3/4 inches). He was 15th overall, one spot behind senior Damone Brown and one ahead of freshman Jeremiah Chandler.

Women’s Track & Field

Couperus leads FSU women

Fredonia women had noteworthy performances in four field events Friday at the Youngstown State Icebreaker, the first indoor track & field meet of the 2017-18 season.

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Blue Devil senior Sarah Couperus cleared 1.55 meters (5 feet, 1 inch) in the high jump, same as five other women – including two from Cleveland State and one each from Robert Morris and from Duquesne, all NCAA Division III programs. They finished in a tie for fourth place in a field of 23 women.

Couperus also finished 12th in a field of 23 in the triple jump with a distance of 10.39 meters (34 feet, 1 1/4 inch).

In the pole vault, senior Kristen Sawyer cleared 3.40 meters (11 feet, 1 3/4 inches) to finish tied four fourth, while senior Naji McCallar threw a personal-best 11.48 meters (37 feet, 8 inches) in the shot put, good for 11th place out of 45 throwers.

Junior thrower Abriel Andrews had Fredonia’s other personal-best by a women other than a first-time freshmen or event newcomers with a toss of 12.34 meters (40 feet, 6 inches) in the 20-pound weight throw. She was 20th in a field of 33.

It was the first collegiate meet for nine Blue Devil freshmen, plus one sophomore, many of whom to compete again next Friday and Saturday at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala.

Women’s Swim & Dive

Baumann wins freestyle in Blue Devil Invite

The Fredonia women’s swimming and diving team completed the nine-team Blue Devil Invite in seventh place on Sunday. Alyson Baumann claimed first place in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a time of 18:43.29.

Sam Angrignon was 15th in the same event, finishing in 20:25.80 in the B heat. Angrignon turned in the team’s other top individual performance, taking 10th in the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:36.50.

Three other Devils competed in the consolation heats. Taylor Chwalinski was 13th in the 100-yard freestyle in 56.29; Chelsea Spiegel was 14th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:26.88; and Sierra Parsons was 15th in the 200-yard breast stroke at 2:46.48.

Baumann, Speigel, Maddie Miller, and Chwalinski wrapped up the event with an eighth-place finish in the 400 free relay in a time of 3:49.57.

The Devils head into final exams next week, and are done until next semester.

Women – Final Team Rankings

1. John Carroll 893

2. Allegheny 788.5

3. Baldwin Wallace 437.5

4. SUNY Brockport 403

5. Oberlin 377

6. Penn State Behrend 304

7. Fredonia 268

8. Alfred State 209

9. Pitt-Bradford 96

Men’s Swim & Dive

Bradley leads FSU men in sixth place finish

The nine-team, three-day, five-session Blue Devil Invite concluded for the swimming and diving teams on Sunday evening, with the Blue Devil men taking sixth place.

In the Sunday finals, Bill Bradley (Dunkirk) turned in the top finish for the men. He was third in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:58.59. Jonah Adeson also swam in the championship heat, placing eighth in 2:11.08. Andrew Page was 13th in the consolation heat in 2:15.13.

In the 1,650-yard freestyle, Graham Jones turned in a seventh-place finish in 17:46.30. Ben Chatley was 14th in 18:57.32, and Adeson was 17th in 19:42.69.

Three other Blue Devils swam in consolation heats. In the 200-yard backstroke, Nathan Link was tops in the B Heat in 2:07.16, giving him ninth place overall. In the same event, David George was 14th in 2:14.42.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Pat Woods was 13th in 49.99.

In the event’s final competition, the 400 free relay, the Devils finished sixth. Jones, Cameron Criss, Bradley, and Woods finished in a time of 3:17.85.

The Devils are off until after the New Year.

Men – Final Team Rankings

1. Penn State Behrend 825.5

2. Allegheny 495

3. John Carroll 492.5

4. Oberlin 386

5. Pitt-Bradford 381.5

6. Fredonia 379.5

7. Baldwin Wallace 299

8. Alfred State 285

9. SUNY Brockport 244