Spalik, Scott Help Saints To Can-Am Challenge Victory
While some prominent names were missing from the results for St. Lawrence University's men's indoor track team in the first meet of the 2010-11 indoor season, it didn't impact the team scoring as the Saints ran away with the title in the first Can/Am Challenge at the Newell Field House Saturday afternoon.
Many of the Saint veterans did not participate in meet as the coaching staff gave members of its highly successful cross country team the weekend off. It didn't have a big impact score-wise as the Saints had a number of event champions and solid depth in rolling to a win. SLU finished with 232.50 points while Plattsburgh was second with 130.5, the University of Ottawa fourth with 46 and Queen's fifth with 38.
Juniors Sean Scott and Justin Spalik were two of the Saint veterans who did compete on Saturday, and each won an event. Scott won the long jump with a leap of 6.40 meters (21-0) with Spalik finishing fourth in that event and Spalik won the 60 hurdles in 8.80 seconds. Spalik also anchored the winning Saint 4x400 relay team. Scott later finished second to rookie Tom Lehmann in the triple jump as Lehmann won the event with a 13.39 meter series and Scott was second at 13.17. Junior Nick Mello was another event winner for the Saints, taking the 500 in 1:09.9. Senior Jimmy Mayers led a pack of four Saint runners in the 3000 meters, winning in 9:29.25.
Freshman Edbiko Elyse won the shot put in his first collegiate meet, throwing 11.79 meters (38-8.25) while classmate Corey Hahnl won the mile in 4:36.30 with Jon Eng, another freshman, finishing second at 4:36.36. James May won the pole vault at 3.80 meters in his first collegiate meet while fellow rookie Taylor Macci finished second at 3.65 meters. Sophomore A.J. Blaisdell won the weight throw with a 13.47 meter throw.
Sophomore Mike Scott was second in the high jump at 1.88 meters (6-2) with rookie Brian Kane finishing third at the same height with the tie broken by attempts.
Senior Will Mosenthal was second in 2:36.44, leading a pack of Saints in the 1000 meters as SLU picked up 21 points in that event in the team scoring.
Joining Spalik on the 4x400 team, which won in 3:35.10 were Mello, Leif Frymire and Jon Mellinger. The Saint 4x200 relay team of Brad Williams, Andy Fisher, Andrew Beck and Adrian Wilson was second in 1:34.67.