Capestrani breaks Devil indoor PV record

Photo courtesy of SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils’ pole vaulter Mikayla Capestrani mentally prepares during a meet.

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TIFFIN, Ohio — Fredonia senior Mikayla Capestrani (Jamestown) established a new school record in the women’s indoor pole vault during Saturday’s Tiffin Dragon Grand Prix. She finished third in the event.

By clearing 11 feet, 7 3/4 inches, Capestrani went two inches higher than previous co-holders Julia Schreier and Olivia Kurbs (11 feet, 5 3/4 inches). In the process, Capestrani moved up to No. 22 on the current NCAA Division III women’s indoor track & field performance list.

Capestrani also overtook fellow senior Kristen Sawyer on the Fredonia career vault list, who cleared 11 feet, 5 1/4 inches during a 2016 meet. Sawyer finished fifth Saturday at 11 feet, 1 3/4 inches.

Also on the NCAA performance list is senior Rachel Williams, who set a personal-best in the 20-pound weight throw for the second time in three weeks. She finished second Saturday with a throw of 51 feet, 4 1/2 inches (15.66 meters), which is No. 26 nationally. Two weekends ago at Brockport, Williams threw a then-PR of 50 feet, 2 3/4 inches — her first of three straight meets throwing 15 meters or better.

In other field events, Sarah Couperus was third in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump; and Cassie Serafin was fifth in the triple jump. In running events, Hannah Kurbs was third in the 3,000 meters, and Madison Courtney was fourth in the mile.

Men’s indoor track and field

Pole vault by Haines No. 14 on NCAA indoor list

TIFFIN, Ohio — Fredonia senior Justyn Haines moved into a tie for No. 14 on the 2018 NCAA Division III pole vault performance list with a personal-best effort Saturday.

Haines cleared 15 feet, 7 inches (4.75 meters) to finish third — the first collegian — at the Tiffin Dragon Grand Prix. His previous-best of 15 feet, 5 inches came last weekend at Rochester Institute of Technology.

In other events, freshman Dan Sudyn won the men’s long jump. His 21 feet, 3 1/2 inches (6.49 meters) was better than 26 other jumpers in the event. Sudyn also finished seventh in the triple jump at 42-feet even (12.80 meters).

Mitch Loiacano was third in the 800 meters in 2:00.50. Chase Towse finished eighth.

Ethan Francis (Dunkirk) was the first collegian — third overall — in the 3,000 meters with a tie of 8:55.42.

Nick Serafin finished fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 6 feet, 2 1/4 inches (1.89 meters).

In the mile, senior Merlin Joseph Jr. shaved fractions off his personal-best with a sixth-place 4:27.28. His previous-best time was 4:27.75 last Friday at RIT.

Fredonia finished third in the 4-by-400 meter relay with the quartet of Michael Salvati, Loiacano, Derek Sunderland, and Towse.