Ithaca men and women sweep Empire 8 conference championships
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Ithaca's men tallied 183 points to outscore the second-place team by 82 points and claim its seventh consecutive Empire 8 Outdoor Championship crown on Saturday at Nazareth's Golden Flyer Stadium.
On the women's side, Ithaca tallied 268 points to claim its sixth consecutive title. The Bomber men and women have won nine championships in the 10-year history of the sport in the conference.
Ithaca's men earned 12 all-conference honors by virtue of four first- and eight second-place finishes and hit one ECAC qualifier on the day, winning the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 42.90. The women earned 19 all-conference honors by virtue of 11 first- and eight second-place finishes, with 16 ECAC qualifiers on the day.
The men took the top two spots in the 200 dash with freshman Jeff Hejna winning the race in 22.46 and sophomore Kevin Davis placing second in 22.53.
Senior David Geary won the 1,500 run in 4:15.17 and freshman Sawyer Hitchcock claimed top honors in the 3,000 steeplechase with a finish of 9:46.65.
The Bomber men had an additional four second-place finishes on the track and three in the field events.
Sophomore Rashaad Barrett was the runner-up in the 100 in 11.51, classmate Dennis Ryan placed second in the 800 run in 1:59.03, junior Brennan Edmonds earned silver in the 400 hurdles with a time of 58.46 and the Bombers' 4x400 relay ran second with a finish of 3:30.90.
Junior Jarrod Monacelli placed second in the pole vault clearing 4.01 meters. Also finishing second, senior Brian Maley had a mark of 6.42 meters in the long jump and freshman De'Marquis Graves had a distance of 12.71 meters in the triple.
Ithaca's women won the 4x100-meter relay with a meet-record time of 48.79 and was the runner-up in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:13.02. Both met ECAC qualifiers.
Senior Jenn Randall clocked an ECAC-good 2:15.25 finish in the 800 run to win the event in a meet-record time. Sophomore Meghan Cass also met the ECAC qualifier in the 5,000 with a first-place finish of 18:36.44.
The Bomber women had three ECAC qualifiers in the 200 dash, 100 hurdles and long jump.
Freshman Christine Kelly ran second in the 200 with a time of 25.68, classmate Eliza Dewart was third in 25.84 and sophomore Alex Lewis fifth in 26.14.
Senior Tammia Hubbard won the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.70. Sophomore Christine Benway and senior Amanda Rissmeyer hit the ECAC qualifier in the preliminaries with finishes of 15.73 and 15.87, respectively. Benway was third in the finals and Rissmeyer fourth.
Sophomore Emilia Scheemaker placed second with a mark of 5.36 meters in the long. Freshman Lizzi Dowling was third with a leap of 5.29 meters and classmate Emily Ziegler was fourth with a 5.17-meter jump. Scheemaker also won the triple jump with a meet-record distance of 11.47 meters, another ECAC qualifier.
Junior Elaine Abdulky won the hammer throw with a toss of 44.89 meters and freshman Brooke Zimmerman won the javelin with a heave of 40.02 meters. Both bettered the ECAC qualifiers. Rissmeyer was the javelin runner-up with a throw of 35.35 meters. Rounding out top-two performances in the throws was sophomore Corrine Taylor with a mark of 11.34 meters in the shot put.
The Bombers had the top two finishers in the 3,000 steeplechase and the pole vault. Sophomore Emily Smith won the steeple with a time of 12:03.68. Freshman Opal Jessica Bogdan followed in second in 12:16.15. Freshman Alex Rechen won the pole vault and junior Shannon Meehan placed second. Both cleared 3.13 meters.
Sophomore Alexa Rick won the 1,500 run with a time of 4:51.86. Classmate Leigh Martino won the 400 hurdles crossing the finish line in 1:06.36.
Rissmeyer placed second in the high jump with a clear of 1.57 meters.