SUNY Fredonia seniors win track and field events

ROCHESTER — Three Fredonia seniors were women’s track & field event winners Friday at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Tiger Invitational. The Blue Devils finished fifth of 10 teams.

Brittany Feldman won the 400 meters, Sarah Couperus the high jump, and Rachel Williams the 20-point weight throw. Williams was also second in the shot put. All three also qualified for the NCAA Atlantic Regional meet March 2-3 at Ithaca College.

Feldman finished ahead of 23 women in 59.49 seconds in the 400 meters. Couperus cleared 1.58 meters (5 feet, 2 1/4 inches) in a field of 14 women in the high jump. Following a breakthrough last weekend at Brockport, Williams won the weight throw with a All-Atlantic Region toss of 15.06 meters (49 feet, 5 inches) — her second straight 15-plus toss, prior to which she had only thrown only 13-meters plus. She defeated 20 other women in the weight throw and was second in a field of 32 shot-putters with an effort of 11.86 meters (38 feet, 11 inches).

A fourth All-Atlantic Region performance came from senior Mikayla Capestrani with a second-place pole vault of 3.37 meters (11 feet, 3/4 inch). Meanwhile, sophomore Savia Moreland (Dunkirk) finished second in the 60-meter hurdles in a season-best 9.82 seconds.

Each event was scored through eight places, which made individual event point-scorers out of junior Emily Maguire, fifth in the 800; freshman Kayla Murray, seventh in the pole vault; senior Madison Courtney, seventh in the 5,000 meters; junior Hannah Kurbs, eighth in the mile; and freshman Cassie Serafin, eighth in the triple jump.

The Blue Devils also finished sixth in the 4-by-400 relay and seventh in the 2-by-200 relay.

Men’s track

3 from Blue Devils qualify for NCAA meet

ROCHESTER — Senior thrower Damone Brown and two teammates qualified for the NCAA Atlantic Regional meet during Saturday’s Rochester Institute of Technology February Invitational men’s indoor track & field meet.

Brown won the shot put with a throw of 15.39 meters (50 feet, 6 inches), tops among 35 men entered in the event. He earned 10 points toward Fredonia’s fifth-place finish.

Also gaining All-Atlantic Region recognition were senior Justyn Haines, second in the pole vault at 4.70 meters (15 feet, 5 inches), and freshman Dan Sudyn, second in the long jump at 6.74 meters (22 feet, 1 1/2 inches). They are eligible for the Atlantic Regional meet March 2-3 at Ithaca College.

Others individuals earning team points — each event was scored through eight places — were the tandem of senior Merlin Joseph Jr. and junior Ethan Francis (Dunkirk), fourth and eighth, respectively, in the mile run; the tanden of freshman Wolfgarr Lobo and sophomore Jordan Toland, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 35-pound weight throw; and freshman Roan Baxter-Martin, seventh in the triple jump.

The Blue Devils also earned one eighth-place point in the 4-by-400 meter relay.

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