Saints women's track team leads after Day One of NYSCTC Championships
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 9:06 am

The St. Lawrence University women's track and field team leads after day one of the 2014 New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships, which began in the Newell Field House on Friday. The Saints hold a narrow edge of five-time defending champion Ithaca College thanks to key performances by the distance medley and 4x200m relay teams, both of which took home state titles.

The women's DMR team of Toria Koutras, Molly Lennon, Cassia Hameline and Amy Cymerman were victorious with a time of 12:21.29, as Cymerman's anchor leg helped the team reclaim the lead and coast to victory over the Bombers. Then, in the final event of the day, the quartet of Divya Biswal, Ketura Mason, Carly Stine and Hannah Kinsey won the 4x200m with a new University record time of 1:45.58. The team used a clutch showing from Kinsey in the anchor spot, as she edged Rochester's Yvette Igbokwe for the win by a mere .39 seconds. The team shaved nearly .3 off the 11-year old record set in 2003.

The duo of Lisa Grohn and Ariel Beccia combined for 14 points in the 5000m run, as they finished second and third, respectively. Grohn held pace with the eventual champion from Hamilton until the final two laps, finishing with a season-best time of 17:22.43.

St. Lawrence also picked up a pair of top-3 finishes in field events on Friday, as Biswal finished in second place in the long jump with a mark of 5.51m. Senior Kristen Linder earned a podium finish in third position in the shot put with a throw of 12.05m.

The Saints also had several key qualifications, as Kinsey and Mason each qualified in the top-6 for both the 60m and 200m dashes while Marisa Turner was second in the 400m dash. Biswal also qualified first in the 60m hurdles with an impressive time of 9.16, a full .31 seconds ahead of second place and well below her own SLU record.

Stine finished second, sophomore Allison Scarf was third and sophomore Teresa Grigg sixth as St. Lawrence University's women's indoor track and field team got off to a good start in the 2014 NYSTC Indoor Track and Field Championships, scoring 17 points in the first event of the competition.

Ithaca freshman Natalie Meyer won the event with 2955 points while Stine jumped from third to second with a win in the 800 in 2:30.19, picking up 690 points to finish with 2920. Scarf, who led the competition going into the final event, scored 481 in the 800 and finished with 2843 points while Grigg totaled 2509 in the ten-athlete field.

Stine scored 705 points with a 10.04 clocking in the 60 hurdles, 599 by clearing 1.48 meters in the high jump, 542 with a 7.99 meter shot put and 527 with a 4.88 meter long jump.

Meyer was the top scorer in the high jump, clearing 1.66 meters for 806 points and also led the field in the long jump with a 4.96 meter jump, good for 448 points. She was second to Stine in the 800, earning 614 points for a 2:36.51 time.

Scarf was second in the hurdles at 10.01 meters for 710 points, also cleared 1.48 meters in the high jump for 599 points, won the shot put with a 10.19 meter throw for 542 points, earned 511 points with a 4.82 meter long jump and ran 2:48.36 for 481 points in the 800. Grigg scored 634 points with a 10.43 time in the hurdles, 566 points for a 1.45 meter high jump, 418 points for a 8.29 meter shot put, 333 wit a 4.11 meter long jump and ran 2:41.92 in the 800 for 558 points.

The meet continues Friday afternoon with finals in the long jump, shot put and pole vault in field event competition, qualifying heats in the 60 hurdles, 60 meter dash, 400 meter dash and 200 meter dash and finals in the Distance Medley Relay, 5000 meters and 4x200 relay.