Saints Have 3 Champions, Finish Second in NYSCTC Championship
St. Lawrence University's women's track and field team scored points in bunches on day two of the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Outdoor Championships at the University of Rochester on Saturday, and while the points were enough to distance the Saints from Rochester and Rensselaer in the team race, they couldn't dent a huge lead by perennial power Ithaca College.
Ithaca won its 20th title in NYSCTC history and its fourth straight with 296.5 points with the Saints finishing second with 146.5 The Saints were third, a half point behind RPI and just head of host Rochester heading into Saturday's competition. Rochester was third with 97 and RPI was fourth with 82.5 in the 11-team field.
The Saints had a trio of individual champions on Saturday, two of them rookies as DIvya Biswall won the triple jump, Carly Stine won the 400 hurdles and senior Heather Cutler won the discus.
Biswall won the triple jump with a SLU record 11.27 meter mark, which was tied by Ithaca's Emilia Scheemaker, but Biswall earned the win on the basis of the second best jump in the competition. The Saints scored 17 points in that event as Emily Rebehn was fifth, Tori Bean seventh and Eliza Bell was eighth. Bell came back later in the meet to finish second in the high jump with a 1.58 meter jump.
Stine, who was second in the NYSCTC multi-event competition last weekend, ran 1:03.38, which ranks among the top 25 times in Division III to win the 400 meter hurdles and help the Saints to a 20-point event. Jessica Marini was third and Cassia Hameline, who won her heat in 1:07.67 finished fifth.
Cutler led a solid Saint showing in the throws with a win in the discus at 35.12 meters. Kristin Linder added a sixth place finish in the discus and earlier in the day finished third in the shot with a 11.02 meter throw. Jessica Ingalls added an eighth in the shot.
Jenna Hulton ran a SLU record 4:37.86 for a second place finish in the 1500 which is among the top 25 times nationally and her sister Megan finished eighth in 4:54.91. Jenna Hulton clipped .3 off the previous mark established by Wendy Pavlus in 2010. Hulton came back later in Saturday's competition to add a fourth place finish in the 800 in 2:20.98.
The Saints had a strong showing in the 5000 as well, scoring 18 points as Elizabeth Edwards was second in 18:20 with Ariel Beccia finishing third and McKayla Nuffer fourth.
The Saint 4x100 relay team of Samantha Yee, Bean, Marini and Hannah Kinsey ran 51.47 to finish fourth. Kinsey added a sixth place finish in the 100 and was eighth in the 200. The Saints were also fourth in the 4x400 relay with a team of Marini, Hameline, Staci Czaja and Stine running 4:05.91.