The SUNY Oneonta women's track & field team traveled to Springfield College yesterday to compete in the Springfield Classic. The Red Dragons are two weeks out from the SUNYAC championship and the squad has an abundance of qualifiers for the meet.
Junior Alexandra Jacques (Ballston Lake/Shenendehowa)
and Kristyn Kumpfbeck (Smithtown/Smithtown West )
turned in the top performances of the day in the sprints. Jacques finished fifth in the 100-meter dash (12.94 seconds) and returned later to post a personal best time of 26.63 in the 200-meter dash, which placed her fourth overall.
Kumpfbeck cracked the one-minute barrier for the first time of her career running 59.94 in the 400-meter dash, which put her in fourth place.
The middle and distance runners turned in some top performances yesterday in less than ideal conditions. Seniors Rachael Shine (Clifton Park/Shenendehowa)
and Elizabeth Jewiss (Marathon/Marathon)
finished second and sixth respectively in the 800-meter run.
Junior Megan Holzwarth (Central Square/Central Square)
, senior Jada Atchison (Westbury/W.T. Clarke)
and freshman Jillian Manfredi (Farmingville /Sachem East)
finished 4-5-6 in the 1,500-meter run. Holzwarth posted a season best time of 4:57.35 while Manfredi ran five minutes even to record a personal best time in the event.
In the 5K, freshman Samantha Plunkett (Centereach/Centereach )
finished seventh with a time of 18:44.84, which was a personal best time by more than 62 seconds.
Freshman Telliah Bursie (Cheektowaga/Cheektowaga Central)
and junior Honour Butler (New Paltz/New Paltz)
both finished second in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles respectively. Butler posted a season best time of 1:08.24.
Senior Olivia Popovitch (Saratoga Springs/Red Hook)
won the 3,000-meter steeplechase event crossing the finish line in 11:28.33.
In her first competition of the outdoor season, junior Kayla Clohessy (Pearl River/Pearl River)
win the long jump by more than one foot (5.40 meters, 17' 8 ¾").
The most notable performance in the throws came from senior Sarah Coney (Neversink/Tri-Valley)
in the discus. She finished in eighth place overall with a mark of 33.52 meters (110'), which was a personal best distance by over three meters.
The women will compete next Saturday at the Capital District Classic hosted by Rensselaer.