The 2014 New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships got underway on Friday in the Newell Field House at St. Lawrence University, and the Saints men's track and field team finds itself in the mix heading into Saturday after several impressive performances on day one. Junior Trevor Bibb earned the state championship in the 5000m, while the 4x200 relay team closed out the day with a thrilling win to put the host team in first place heading into Saturday.
St. Lawrence, trying to win the state crown for the first time since 2011, did some damage on the track, as Bibb earned 10 points with a time of 15:03.46 to win the 5000m run, holding off Rensselaer's Sean Quinn in the final lap. Rookie Thomas Caulfield added a seventh place showing for the Scarlet and Brown in the event as well.
Meanwhile, the quartet of Adrian Wilson, Omaru Kabia, Shawn Lillie and Karim Creary combined for a time of 1:31.61 in the 4x200m relay, edging out the Ithaca College Bombers for the state title. Creary also set himself up for an important day on Saturday as he qualified for the 200m and 60m dash finals on Friday. Kabia will also race in the 60m dash after a third place finish in Friday's prelims.
St. Lawrence picked up a third place showing in the other relay, the distance medley, as the team of Joseph Smith, Brett Smith, Evan Garvey and Dennis Korir raced in 10:32.53.
The Saints also landed a pair of top-5 finishes in field events, as Wilson was third in the long jump (6.60m) and Scott Kasson was fifth in the shot put (13.98m).
St. Lawrence will look to build on its momentum in the morning when the men's heptathlon resumes at 9:45am. Other events, including the high jump, weight throw and track events will begin at 10:00am.