Sloan leads Saints men's track to title in Liberty League championship
St. Lawrence University sophomore Harrison Sloan won the 800 and mile and anchored the Saints' winning 4x400 relay with a dramatic final leg, earning the 2014 Liberty League Track Performer of the Meet Award and leading St. Lawrence to its first Liberty League indoor track and field championship since 2011 at the Newell Field House on Saturday.
The Saints finished with 202 points with RPI second at 173, defending champion RIT third with 101 and Union fourth with 42.Sloan was joined by RIT double winner Marquis Moore, who was champion in the triple jump at 14.40 meters and the long jump at 6.86 meters, who was the Field Performer of the Meet and Saint freshman Karim Creary second in the 60 and 200 meters and anchor on the Saints winning 4x200 relay, who was the Rookie of the Meet.
Sloan won the mile in 4:16.65, the 800 in 1:57.21 and nipped RPI's Dylan Landry at the tap to lead the Saints to a 3:27.59 win in the 4x400. He was joined on the relay by Chris Payton, Dan Viscardi and Dennis Korir. The Saints, RPI and RIT all traded leads throughout the 4x400 with Sloan putting it away with a big kick on the final half lap.
Brian Kane won the high jump Saturday
Other meet champions included Saint freshman Thomas Caulfield who won the 5000 in 15:13.97 SLU senior Omaru Kabia with a 7.04 to meters. The Saint team of Adrian Wilson, Omaru Kabia, Shawn Lillie and Creary won the 4x200 in 1:32.83, and SLU senior Brian Kane won the high jump at 1.94 meters .
In addition to the championship performances, Saint depth helped hold off RPI, which stayed close in second through much of the meet.
The Saints picked up 49 points in the 800 and mile, backing Sloan's wins with three other scorers in each race. Joe Smith was second, Wesley Kirui third and Denis Korir fifth in the 800 and Spencer Patterson was second, Kirui fourth and Corey Hahnl sixth in the mile. Saint sprinters also came through with big points as Creary was second, Wilson fifth and Lillie sixth behind Omaru Kabia's win in the 60 and Creary was second, Wilson third and Kabia fourth in the 200.
Chris Payton was second and Dan Viscardi was sixth in the 400, Trevor Bibb was fourth in the 5000, Scott Smolensky was second and Bibb sixth in the 3000 and Wilson was second, Payton third, Lillie fourth and Al Kabia sixth in the long jump. Kane added a third, Al Kabia was fourth, Payton fifth and Creary sixth in the triple jump and Scott Kasson was third in the shot put and fourth in the weight throw with Lillie adding a fifth in the shot.
The Saints will run at RIT next Friday evening before hosting the NYSCTC Indoor Championship on Feb. 28 and March 1.