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Women shine at RIT invitational
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Women shine at RIT invitational

Senior Nicole Desens

Fredonia's Nicole Desens (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) and Kristen Sawyer (Lockport, N.Y.) won events to lead the Blue Devils to a sixth-place finish at the RIT Tigers Invitational at the Gordon Fieldhouse.

Desens, a senior, won the women's shot put at 12.82 meters -- a personal best which is ranked third best on the Fredonia women's indoor performance list. She also finished fourth in the 20-pound weight throw at 14.16 meters (46 feet, 5 ½ inches).

Sawyer, a freshman, finished first in the pole vault, by clearing 3.20 meters (10 feet, 6 inches). She was joined in the scoring column by three teammates. Freshman Julia Schreier (Lockport, N.Y.) was second, while freshman Mikayla Capestrani (Jamestown, N.Y.) and junior Olivia Kurbs (Lockport, N.Y.) tied for fourth. They earned 27 team points of Fredonia's 62-point meet total in the event.

The Blue Devils also earned 16 points in the shot -- 10 for the win by Desens and three each by junior Brianne Paganello (Batavia, N.Y.) and freshman Rachel Williams (Lockport, N.Y.), who tied for fifth place. In addition to the fourth place by Desens in the weight throw, senior Jenna Fiacco (Verona, N.Y.) was third and junior Heather Rickman (Brockport, N.Y.) seventh -- good for a total of 13 team points.

Meanwhile, senior Meghan Devine (Clarence, N.Y.) finished sixth in the triple jump and Capestrani was seventh in the long jump.

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