Ithaca captures Empire 8 title
Bombers earn 22 all-conference honors in sixth consecutive title
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Ninth-ranked Ithaca tallied 317.5 points to outscore the second-place team by 218.5 points and claim its sixth consecutive Empire 8 Championship title on Saturday at Butterfield Stadium. The Bombers have won eight championships in the nine-year history of the sport in the conference.
Ithaca earned 22 all-conference honors by virtue of 11 first and 11 second-place finishes. Ithaca hit 11 ECAC qualifiers on the day and broke one school record.
Junior Amanda Rissmeyer was named Empire 8 Field Athlete of the Meet. She scored 26 points for the Bombers highlighted by an ECAC-qualifying high jump victory of 1.58 meters.
Senior Jessica Hoeffner slashed her own school record in the hammer throw. She won the event in ECAC-qualifying fashion with a 50.45-meter heave. She also won the discus throw with a toss of 37.14 meters to hit a second ECAC standard. Sophomore Elaine Abdulky finished second in the discus with a 34.95-meter mark.
Junior Ebonie Howard broke the day's lone Empire 8 meet record with a first-place finish of 1:05.78 in the 400-meter hurdles. Freshman Leigh Martino followed in second place with a time of 1:05.94.
Junior Jenn Randall and freshman Alexa Rick placed first and second, respectively, in the 800 run. Randall, who hit the ECAC qualifier, crossed the finish line in 2:17.54 and Rick followed in 2:24.40.
Senior Ashley Dlubac won the javelin with a throw of 38.39 meters and classmate Kate Middleton placed first in the shot put with a 12.06-meter throw. Both qualified for the ECAC outdoor meet.
Senior Becca Coffman hit the ECAC standard in the 200 dash with a second-place finish of 26.46, while freshman Christine Benway did so in the 100 hurdles with a second-place finish of 15.89.
Ithaca's 4x100 relay of freshmen Rachel Freidman and Harmony Graves, junior Cassandra Clark and Coffman qualified for the ECAC Outdoor Championships crossing the finish line in 49.71.
Senior Molly Quinn won the 1,500 run in 4:56.94 and classmate Heidi Baumbach ran second with a 4:57.02 finish.
Freshmen Anastasia Diamond and Meghan Cass took one-two in the 5K. Diamond ran first in 18:52.52 and Cass second in 19:20.06.
Freshman Emilia Scheemaker placed first in the triple jump with a mark of 10.60 meters. Benway followed in second with a distance of 10.45 meters.
Coffman ran second in the 100 dash in 13.03, sophomore Allison Bartkowiak finished runner-up in the 3,000 steeplechase in 12:12.34 and senior Hannah Evans placed second in the long jump with a mark of 4.68 meters.