Senior Amy Cymerman added to an impressive collection of St. Lawrence track and field records and junior Divya Biswal continued to dominate the jumps and hurdles, but Ithaca College was able to hold off the Saints to win the 2014 New York State Collegiate Track Conference Outdoor Championships at St. John Fisher on Saturday.
St. Lawrence trailed Ithaca just 146-144.5 with two events to be scored, but the Bombers picked up 14 points in the discus throw while the Saints did not score in that event, and while SLU got two points back in the 4x400 relay with a second place finish with Ithaca third, the final margin gave IC a 166-152.5 win over the Saints with Rochester third at 149.5 in a 12-team field.
Cymerman set her third SLU record of the season as she won the 1500 meters in 4:35.56, trimming over two seconds off the previous record and came back later in the meet to win the 5,000 meters in 17:20.18. She set the SLU records in the 5,000 and 10,000 earlier in the outdoor season. Cymerman, who has the ninth best time this season in the 5000 and the second best time in the 10,000 moved into qualification range for the 1500 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as well as her time in that event Saturday is within the top 14 nationally.
Cymerman was named the Outstanding Track Athlete of the meet and Biswal was the Field Athlete of the Meet, sweeping that award in both the NYSCTC and Liberty League indoor and outdoor seasons.
Biswal was a three-event winner for the second time in a championship meet this spring as she added the triple jump and 100 hurdle titles to Friday's win in the long jump. She jumped 12.03 meters in the triple jump and ran 15.83 to win the 100 hurdles. She also ran on the second place 4x100 relay, joining Hannah Kinsey, Ketura Mason and Chinelo Asanya to post a time of 49.32 seconds.
Marisa Turner was the other Saint champion on Saturday as she won the high jump at 1.58 meters. She was also part of the second place 4x400 relay which ran 3:55.97, joining Kinsey, Mason and Carly Stine.
The Saints scored 15 points each in the 1500, triple jump and 400 hurdles on Saturday as Lisa Grohn was third behind Cymerman in the 1500, Tori Bean was third behind Biswal in the triple jump and Stine was second in 1:04.32, Molly Lennon fifth and Jacqui Ebeling sixth in the 400 hurdles.
Mason was third in a SLU record 12.41 seconds in the 100 meters and was sixth in the 200 meters in addition to the two relay performances while Grohn scored with a sixth in the 800 and Turner was sixth in the 400. Ariel Beccia added a fifth in the 5,000 meters while Sarah Francesconi was tied for eighth in the high jump.