Saints women's track team jump in rankings after NYSCTC win
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 8:17 am

St. Lawrence University's women's indoor track and field team piled up the event wins on Saturday and finished the 2014 New York State Collegiate Track Conference with its first team championship in 17 years with an impressive victory at the Newell Field House on Saturday. The win gave the Saints a big boost in the national computer rankings.

The Saints, who last won the title in 1997, amassed 201.5 points to end a string of five straight Ithaca College championships. The Bombers were second with 157.5, Rochester was third with 120 and RPI fourth with 54 in a 12-team field. The Saint women joined the Saint men in winning the team titles, the first time in program history that has happened in NYSCTC competition.

The Saints jumped ten spots in the USTFCCCA Division III national computer rankings and are 13th nationally heading into the ECAC Championships this weekend. The Saints are fifth among Eastern teams and the top ranked New York State team.

Senior Amy Cymerman was named the Outstanding Track Performer of the meet, winning two events on Saturday in addition to anchoring a Distance Medley Relay win on Friday. Junior Divya Biswal, who led off the champion 4x200 relay on Friday, was selected as the Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet as she won the triple jump with a Newell Field House record 11.70 jump, won the hurdles in 9.22 after setting a Saint record in the prelims on Friday and finished second in the long jump on Friday with a 5.51 meter jump. Biswal's long jump mark is 15th nationally. Head coach Kate Curran and her staff were named the Coaching Staff of the Meet.

Cymerman started her day on Saturday with a win in 5:11.88 in the mile as she steadily pulled away for the win and came back later in the afternoon to win the 3000 in a Newell Field House record 9:54.08 with Ariel Beccia finished third and Lisa Grohn fifth.

Her time in the 3000 moved her up to 12 on the national list in Division III.

Other champions for the Saints on Saturday included Marisa Turner, who won the 400 in 59.19 and also tied with teammate Kylie Morris for third in the high jump. Carly Stine, second in the pentathlon on Friday, won the 500 meters in 1:08.22 while Hannah Kinsey won the 200 meters in 25.70 seconds, was second in the 60 in 7.94 and Joined Turner, Stine and Ketura Mason on the winning 4x400 relay which ran 3:59.28. Kinsey's 200 time is 18th nationally.

Mason added a fifth place finish in both the 60 and 200 while Molly Lennon was seventh in the 500. Cassia Hameline was second in 2:24.85 and Kristen Jovanelly was sixth in the 800 and the 4x800 relay team of Toria Koutras, Jovanelly, Anna Rabideau and Hameline finished fifth.

Kristen Linder joined Biswal, Turner and Morris in providing field event scoring as she finished eighth in the weight throw.