Saints have 3 men's track champions, relay win, finish 3rd in NYSCTC meet
St. Lawrence University's men's outdoor track and field team had three individual champions and a relay win and jumped from fifth to third with a strong Saturday showing at the 2013 New York State Collegiate Track Conference Outdoor Championships at the Merrick-Pinkard Track and Field Complex.
Rensselaer took the team title for the third straight year for the men, finishing with 169 points with Ithaca second with 148, the Saints third at 129, RIT fourth with 118.5 and Rochester fifth with 96 in a 12-team field.The Ogdensburg duo of senior Jake Fredericks and freshman Nick Crawford accounted for two of the three Saint titles on Saturday as Fredericks won the 110 hurdles and Crawford captured the 400 hurdles and anchored the winning 4x400 relay. Sophomore Scott Smolensky was the other Saint champion winning the 5,000 meters in 15:08.27.
Crawford was joined by Adrian Wilson, Chris Payton and Harrison Sloan on the winning 4x400 team which ran 3:20.52. The Saint 4x100 team of Wilson, Omaru Kabia, Shawn Lillie and Andy Fisher was second to Ithaca by the slimmest of margins with Ithaca winning in 42.18 and the Saints second in 42.20.
Fredericks backed his win in the 110 hurdles with a third in the 400 hurdles while Kabia finished third in the 100 meters, Sloan was eighth in the 800 and Wilson finished fourth and Fisher eighth in the 200. Corey Hahnl was fifth and Zach Nelson was eighth and Brendan Courneene was eighth in the 5000 for Saturday's other track points.
Senior high jumper Mike Scott had the best finish in field competition for the Saints on Saturday as he finished second with a jump of 1.98 meters. Brian Kane also scored in the high jump with an eighth place finish and was sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 12.75 meters. Scott Kasson was third in the shot put and sixth in the discus while A.J. Blaisdell finished fifth in the discus.
The Saints will run at the Oneonta Invitational on Friday.