Dunkirk’s Francis wins event at Ohio meet

Submitted Photo Ethan Francis

MARIETTA, Ohio — The Fredonia Blue Devils men’s track team had numerous top three finishers, including an event winner who hails from Dunkirk, at the Don Frail Invitational outdoor track and field meet hosted Saturday by Marietta College.

The event winner was junior Ethan Francis (Dunkirk), who took the 5,000 meters in 15:37.92. Senior pole vaulter Justyn Haines finished second with a clearance of 4.71 meters, senior Damone Brown second in the shot put at 15.63 meters, junior Nick Serafin third in the high jump at 1.90 meters and freshman Dan Sudyn third in the triple jump at 13.39 meters .

The quartet of freshman Mike DeLand (Dunkirk), senior Merlin Joseph Jr., freshman Marcus Torres and senior Chase Towse was third in the 4-by-400 relay in 3:30.57.

Fourth-place finishes were recorded by Brown in the hammerthrow (a personal-best 46.92 meters), senior Mitch Loiacano in the 800 meters, Torres in the 400 meters (personal-best 52.10 seconds), and freshman Jonah McGrath in the triple jump.

Others recording personal bests were freshman Ryan Dunning in the 5,000 meters, sophomore Matthew McCarthy in the shot put and the hammerthrow, senior Mitchel Paciga in the 100 meters, and sophomore Jordan Toland in the discus.

Women’s track

Southwestern grad Feldman wins at meet

MARIETTA, Ohio – Three Fredonia women won individual events Saturday at the Don Frail Invitational outdoor track and field meet hosted by Marietta College.

Senior sprinter Brittany Feldman (Jamestown/Southwestern) was first in the 400 meters in 56.30 seconds, junior Hannah Kurbs first in the 5,000 meters with a personal-best 18:11.59, and freshman Cassie Serafin first in the triple jump at 10.86 meters.

Other top performances included senior Sarah Couperus, second in the high jump at 1.55 meters and third in the triple jump at 10.59 meters; sophomore Kelly O’Hara, second in the 800 meters at 2:22.68; and the quartet of O’Hara, Feldman, junior Emily Maguire, and freshman Sarah Buckley, third in the 4-by-400 in 4:13.53.

Personal bests were also recorded by freshman Samantha Zagurski in the hammerthrow and the shot put, and freshman Kayla Murray in the 100-meter hurdles.