The 2014 SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field championship meet is Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., on the campus of The College at Brockport. Here are Blue Devil head coach Tom Wilson's thoughts taken from his team blog:
Conference Championship time!
Both programs will be looking to move up the SUNYAC ladder this indoor meet. The men have the fire power to shock both Brockport and Geneseo to take fourth, up two spots from last year. The women have the sprint and field power to also shock Geneseo and take fifth, up three spots from last year.
On the men's side, sophomore Collin Mulcahy will look to win the mile. He is currently the No. 1 seed going into the championships. He will be joined by freshman Bobby Cooper, who has run very strong this indoor season, proving he can run with the top of the conference in the mile. Senior Jesse Mintz and junior Jed Kovalovsky will also look to help the Blue Devils in the mile. In the men's 5k, the junior duo of Zakk Hess and Chris Shartrand will make a strong stand in a very competitive race. The 3k is another strong event for the Blue Devils, senior Steve Whittemore, junior Chris Shartrand and sophomore Kyle Collins, will look to fight off a very strong conference crowd and take three spots on the podium.
Junior Jonmichael Knapp will look to make the podium in both the 400 meter and 800 meter. He will have freshman Patrick Shenal alongside him for the 800 final. In the 400, Knapp will have sophomore Jeremy Kozlowski and freshman Russell Catalano to push the pace in the heats before him.
Sophomore Eric Williams will have a busy championship meet. He will be looking to make the podium in three events, 60, pole vault and 200. Williams will be looking to win his strongest event, the 60. Senior Ben Goebel will be vaulting with Williams; the pair will try and break up a very strong Brockport squad. Goebel is no stranger to this meet; he has competed in every SUNYAC Championships since his freshman year.
Senior Alex Brennan will be the lone jumper for the Blue Devils this year; he will be looking to make the podium for the first time in either event. In the throws cage, sophomore Hsin Chin has proven he is ready to throw far in the weight throw, entering the meet as the third seed, he has thrown personal bests in the last two meets leading up to the championships. He will have teammate, freshman Kyle Brown, who will be looking to start his career off with a bang and make the podium.
The freshman pair of Joe Gabrielli and Vilanti Marou will work to better their current shot put marks and fight for a podium spot. The men's relays will be a huge point provider in our mission to move up the team rankings for 2014. Both relays enter the meet in the fifth spot.
On the women's side, sophomore Anna Dambacher will look to continue her dominance in the sprints. She has broken every school record this year from the 60 to the 400. She will be looking for a strong showing in both the 60 and 200. Senior Lexi Perez has been coming on very strong in the latter half of the season; she will work for a podium spot alongside Dambacher.
Freshman Laura Morrison is ready to run a personal best in the 400 and make a name for her in the conference. Sophomore Katie Tresino and freshman Bonnie Binggeli will need to fight their way out of the slow heat of the 800 and try to sneak into the scoring eight.
The women's mile should be a very exciting race, senior Kim Foltz will look to follow suit with Mulcahy and win the mile. She will have teammates sophomore Lauren Kotas and junior Sarah Rocco to help push the pace for a fast women's mile. Junior Amanda Cocchiara will be the lone Blue Devil in the 3k, she will be looking to capture her first indoor podium finish.
It's all about the seniors in the 5k, Anna Hourihan, Alissa Conti and Becca List will all toe up together for the first time and work together to grab as many podium spots as possible. The trio of hurdlers, junior Hailey Griewisch, sophomore Kayleigh Wasielewski and freshman Gabrielle Macool will look to make the finals and also make the podium for the Blue Devils.
Wasielewski will also be competing in the high jump with teammate freshman Miranda Warner. Sophomore Olivia Kurbs and freshman Taylor Benzin are ready to fight off a strong Cortland pole vault crew. Both vaulters will be looking for their first podium appearances.
The jumping events have been the women's strong point in years past. Now, one year older, senior Emily Cummiskey, senior Jessica Strozyk and junior Meghan Devine will look to continue a strong trend of points scored in the long jump and triple jump. Sophomore Brianne Paganello will be the lone shot put thrower; she has set personal bests in the last two meets coming into the championships. Paganello and sophomore Heather Rickman will team up in the weight throw to fight off a strong Brockport throws team.
"This is the strongest championship team on both sides we have had in a long time," Wilson said. "The opportunity to move up in the team standings is finally something us coaches can use to motivate this young track program. All the work has been done, dating back to October.
"My coaching staff and I have very high hopes for the men and women who qualified for the championships," Wilson continued. "It will be an exciting meet to watch, an even better meet to compete in."
Indoor Track & Field
Dambacher repeats, sets sights on SUNYACS
Fredonia State sophomore Anna Dambacher has positioned herself as a potential finalist in two sprints at the SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field championship meet Saturday in Brockport.
On Monday, Dambacher was named SUNYAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week for the second straight week based on her 200-meter time of 25.83 seconds at last Friday's RIT Orange & Brown Invitational. It is the fastest time so far this winter in the SUNYAC. It is also No. 9 in the ECAC and No. 22 on the NCAA D-III qualifying list.
Dambacher's other SUNYAC sprint rankings: No. 3 in the 60-meter dash (7.92 seconds on Feb. 15 at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational). She is also No. 9 in the 400 (1:00.34 on Jan. 24 at the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic), yet is not entered in the event Saturday.
The meet is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start for field events, 11 for running events, in the The College at Brockport's Special Events & Recreation Center.
An event-by-event preview of the competition is available at SUNYAC.com.
Swimming & Diving
Seven divers ready
for regional meet
Seven Fredonia State divers will compete Friday and Saturday at Rochester Institute of Technology in what in effect is the qualifying round for the NCAA Division III championship meet.
On the women's side, seniors Ashley Keller, Katelyn Haley and Breena Cogliandro and junior Heather Colby are entered in the field of 24. Seven of the 24 will advance to nationals.
The men's competition had drawn 15 entries, with five spots reserved for national qualifiers. Representing Fredonia State are sophomore Rafael Santiago and freshmen Arron Carlson and Jeff Matter.
Diving begins at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.
ECAC Weekly Awards: Dambacher, Keller
Two Fredonia State student-athletes were selected as athletes of the week in their respective sports by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Anna Dambacher, a sophomore sprinter on the women's indoor track and field team, was named Corvais Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Week in the NCAA Division III Upstate New York Region.
Ashley Keller, a senior springboard diver, was chosen to the Corvais Women's Swimming & Diving weekly award as co-diver of the week in the D-III Upstate Region.
Both women will be competing this weekend. Dambacher is entered in the SUNYAC Indoor Track & Field championship meet at Brockport. Keller will participate Friday and Saturday at the NCAA regional diving meet at Rochester Institute of Technology.