Ithaca reigns at top of state meet
Bombers earn 23 all-league finishes and two school marks
CANTON, N.Y. – Ithaca had a standout day en route to claiming its third consecutive New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championship on Saturday at St. Lawrence, marking the 11th time in program history.
Senior Marcia McCord rewrote her school record in the 200-meter dash and won a total of three events to lead the Bombers and claim NYSCTC Track Athlete-of-the-Meet accolades.
Ithaca, which notched 23 individual All-NYSCTC performances and a pair of all-state relay finishes on Day Two of competition, finished with 258 points, almost double the second-place team with 133.50.
McCord finished in 25.52 to win the 200, while also winning the 55 dash in 7.38 and the triple jump with a mark of 11.22 meters, with all three meeting ECAC qualifying standards.
Senior Kate Leugers hit the NCAA provisional qualifier in the mile run and slashed her own school record of 5:01.42 with a first-place finish of 5:00.11. She was one of three all-state finishers in the event as junior Heidi Baumbach placed third in 5:18.35 and sophomore Carly Graham was eighth in 5:28.13.
Leugers also placed second in the 1,000, one of three Ithaca runners to finish with ECAC-qualifying marks. Leugers finished in 3:06.35, freshman Jodi Robinson was third in a season-best 3:08.77 and freshman Hannah Craig finished fifth in a season-best 3:08.98.
Another NCAA provisional mark was met when senior Kristen DeStefano set a meet record by clearing a season-best 3.55 meters to win the pole vault. Junior Julie Orlando placed eighth with a vault of 3.05 meters.
The Bombers scored 26 of 39 possible points in the 3,000 run. Senior Melanie McCormick won the event in a season-best 10:53.50, followed by junior Molly Quinn in second place in a season-best 10:54.41 and senior Elizabeth Schloss third with another season-best of 10:55.15. Sophomore Megan Schenk placed seventh in 11:00.36.
Junior Emma Dewart finished second in the 55 hurdles in 8.68 and sophomore Tammia Hubbard followed in third with a time of 8.90. The pair both surpassed the ECAC standard. Dewart also ran to a fourth-place finish in the 55 dash in 7.70, while freshman Kheiyasa Carter finished sixth in a season-best 7.85.
Senior Emily Moran was the runner-up in the 500 run with a time of 1:21.42 and sophomore Jenn Randall placed third in the 800 with a season-best 2:21.56 finish. Both Moran and Randall hit ECAC qualifiers. Freshman Martyann Chromik finished second in the 400 dash in 1:02.38.
Senior Lindsay Johnston hit a season-best mark of 10.59 meters in the triple to finish sixth.
Ithaca’s 3,200 relay of Craig, Graham, senior Alicia Burillo and Robinson placed second in a season-best 9:58.60 to qualify for the ECAC meet next weekend.