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Throwers shine in Ohio
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Throwers shine in Ohio

Rachel Williams took third place in the shot put on Friday.

The shot putters of the women's track and field team finished one-two-three while the men's team did the same in the weight throw at the Mid-February Meet at Baldwin Wallace on Friday.

Brianne Paganello (Batavia/Batavia) led the field in the shot put for the second weekend in a row with a throw of 11.57 meters, closely followed by Anneliese Bienko (Clarence/Clarence) at 11.47 meters and Rachel Williams (Lockport/Lockport) at 11.44 meters.

Sawyer Bell (Middletown/Roy C. Ketchum) led the men in the weight throw with a final toss of 16.06 meters. Kyle Brown (Hamburg/Hamburg) took second finishing at 15.91 meters, and Hsin Chin (Pleasant View/Arlington) was third at 14.57 meters. Joseph Gabrielli (Depew/Depew) then won the men's shot put with a final throw of 14.17 meters.

Women

Kristen Sawyer (Lockport/Lockport) came within a hundredth of a meter of a school record in the indoor pole vault, finishing with a personal best jump of 3.49 meters. Olivia Kurbs (Lockport/Lockport), who set the record in 2015 at 3.50 meters, cleared 3.34 meters on Friday.

Brittany Feldman (Jamestown/Southwestern) cleared 1.65 meters to win the high jump, followed by Sarah Couperus (Marion, N.Y./Marion) who finished second, clearing 1.60 meters. Freshman Stephanie Wojnowski (Rochester, N.Y./Eastridge) won the 1-mile run (5:20.99), before Bonnie Binggeli (Walworth/Gananda) took fourth (5:37.10).

Hannah Kurbs (Lockport/Lockport) finished second in the 3,000-meter run, and Brenna Donovan (Youngstown/Lewiston-Porter) eighth, with times of 10:46.34 and 11:42.78, respectively. In the 800-meter run, Emily Maguire (Oakdale/Connetquot) took sixth place.

Julia Johnson (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) and Kara Hall (Bergen/Byron-Bergen) finished the 5,000-meter run with similar times of 19:16.95 and 19:18.19, placing third and fourth, respectively.

Men

Zakk Hess (Newark, N.Y./North Rose-Wolcott) won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:36.83, and Bobby Cooper (Walworth\Gananda) was second in the 800-meter run at 1:59.09.

Four Fredonia runners finished within half of a second of each other in that 800-meter race: Nick Watson (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta) was fourth (2:01.70), Merlin Joseph Jr. (Binghamton/Binghamtom) fifth (2:02.07), Jack Erhard (Syracuse/West Genesee) sixth (2:02.21), and Ethan Francis (Dunkirk/Dunkirk) seventh (2:02.23).

Nick Serafin (Depew/Depew) set a new collegiate best in the high jump (1.93 meters), ahead of Nick Watson who finished eighth (1.88 meters). Justyn Haines (Albion/Albion) took fourth in the pole vault, while Rocky Caparro (Staten Island/Susan E. Wagner) was sixth in the long jump.

Cody Martini (Palmyra/Palmyra-Macedon) took third in the 5,000-meter run (16:03.07), ahead of Casey Swartz (Horseheads/Horseheads), who took eighth (16:55.77).

The teams will travel to Brockport the next two weekends, culminating in SUNYAC Championships on Feb. 26-27.

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