Kinsey completes career grand slam, leads Saints women's track to title
St. Lawrence University senior Hannah Kinsey became the first athlete in Liberty League Indoor Track history to complete a career grand slam in two events as she won the 60 and 200 meters in record setting time, helping St. Lawrence University's women's team to its fourth consecutive Liberty League team title at the Newell Field House in Canton on Saturday.
Records fell in nine different events in the women's meet which St. Lawrence won with 240 points with RPI second with 126, RIT third with 110 and Union fourth with 41.Kinsey set the Liberty League and SLU record in winning the 60 in 7.98 seconds, the Liberty League and SLU record in the 200 with a win in 25.82 and anchored the winning SLU 4x200 relay, joining Divya Biswal, Carly Stine and Ketura Mason to win in 1:46.20, another championship meet record. She was named co-winner of the Track Athlete of the Meet Award, sharing with RPI record-setting middle distance runner Grace Tilton, who won the mile in a meet and field house record 4:56.79 and won the 800 in a Liberty League record 2:17.39.
Divya Biswal was field performer of the meet on Saturday
Biswal was named Liberty League Field Athlete of the Meet after sweeping the long and triple jumps and winning the 60 hurdles in record time. She won the triple jump with a 11.31 series, the long jump with a mark of 5.28 meters and the hurdles in a league record 9.30 seconds. Union's Noeme Bechu, second in the 200 and part of the second place 4x200 relay team, shared Rookie of the Meet honors with SLU's Lisa Grohn, who was second in the mile and ran on the winning SLU Distance Medley Relay Team.
SLU sophomore Marisa Turner set the Liberty League record in the high jump, winning at 1.66 meters and was also champion in the 400, Saint senior Caitlyn Boreyko won the pole vault with a record 3.30 meter vault and SLU senior Amy Cymerman set the record in the 3000 meters with a win in 10:13.99.
The Saints took the early lead in the meet and never looked back. Ariel Beccia won the 5000 meters in 18:15.44 in the first event of the day and Kelsey Leder added a fifth place finish, setting the tone for the meet which included stellar times at the top of the field and solid depth for the Saints throughout.
Other champions in the meet included the Saint 4x400 relay team of Molly Lennon, Katherine Vincelette, Cassia Hameline and Turner, which won in 4:09.22; and the Saints Kristen Linder with a 11.73 meter throw in the shot.
Grohn ran 5:08.95 to finish second and Toria Koutras was fifth in the mile, while the Saints took four of the top five places in the 400 with Stine second to Turner, Molly Lennon fourth and Katherine Vincelette fifth. Jacqui Ebeling was fourth and Allison Scarf fifth to back Biswal's win in the hurdles while Ketura Mason was second to Kinsey in the 60 with Chinelo Asanya sixth and Mason was third and Asanya sixth in the 200.
Cassia Hameline was second in the 800 and Anna Rabideau was second to Cymerman in the 3000. Ebeling, Koutras and Leder joined Grohn on the winning DMR.
Linder added a fourth in the weight throw, Taylor Washington was secon and Shauna Bulger was fourth in the pole vault, Kyle Morris was third, Stine was fourth and Hannah Klossner and Sarah Francesconi tied for sixth in the high jump, Morris was fifth and Stine sixth in the long jump, Meghan O'Brien was fifth in the shot put and Scarf was fourth in the triple jump.
The Saints will run at RIT next Friday before hosting the 2014 NYSCTC Indoor Championships in two weeks.