March 9, 2013
Dragons miss out on NCAA honors
NAPERVILLE, Ill. – SUNY Cortland sophomore Connor Ten Eyck finished 10th in the pole vault and freshman Andre Green was 10th in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Both missed scoring finishes and All-America honors by two places in the men’s meet Friday.
Ten Eyck cleared the bar at 15 feet-2.75 inches in the pole vault. He missed on three attempts at 15-8.5 — a height that was recorded by the eighth-place finisher. Brockport’s Zach Ferrara won the national title with a height of 16 feet-8.25 inches.
Green soared 22 feet-6.5 inches on his on his first jump, which proved to be the best of three attempts. He finished six inches out of eighth place in the won by James Wilson out Monmouth in Illinois at 24-2.25.
Ten Eyck and Green were Cortland’s lone national qualifiers in the men’s meet.
FOR CORTLAND WOMEN, junior Sarah Bonnell out of Norwich finished 11th in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet-2.75 inches. Melissa Norville of Illinois College won the event at 19-8.75.
Red Dragon sophomore Taylor Hudson qualified for the event but was unable to attend the meet.
Bonnell also ran in the 60-meter dash preliminaries and finished 14th in 8.01 seconds. The last of the eight qualifiers for today’s finals recorded a time of 7.73 seconds.
Cortland junior Africa Harper finished 10th in the 400-meter dash preliminaries in 57.97 seconds. She missed the eighth and final qualifying position by just under six tenths of a second.
Senior Nikki Schafer placed 12th in the pentathlon with 3,255 points. Keene State’s Janel Haggerty won with 3,467 points. Schafer tied for first in the high jump at 5 feet-4.25 inches, was eighth in both the 60-meter hurdles (9.37) and long jump (16-5.25), finished 12th in the 800 meters (2:36.48) and placed 13th in the shot put (30-0.25).
Senior Amber Stephens will be Cortland’s final performer at the meet when she competes in the triple jump this afternoon.
Randall Reaches Final
Ithaca College’s Jenn Randall, the former Cincinnatus Central runner, qualified for today’s finals of the mile run at the NCAA meet.
In her third national meet, Randall was one of 10 to qualify in the mile with a school-record finish of 4:54.98 in the preliminaries. She snapped Kate Leugers’ record of 4:55.53 set on March 5, 2011.
The final is set to take place this afternoon.
Randall also ran 15th in the 800-meter prelims, crossing the finish line in 2:21.73.
Cortland Coach Honored
SUNY Cortland’s Marques Dexter has been named the 2013 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Dexter, in his fourth season coaching horizontal jumps at Cortland, worked this winter with NCAA qualifying long jumper Green along with NCAA women’s qualifiers Bonnell and Stephens.
Two of the men he coached — Green and triple jumper P.J. Flynn — scored a combined 16 points at the ECAC Division III Championships to help Cortland win the team title for the first time since 2004.
Dexter also assists with the Red Dragons’ sprinters and hurdlers and is the program’s recruiting coordinator. He holds a USA Track and Field Level II certification in jumps, sprints, hurdles and relays and is a certified Level I instructor for USA Track and Field. Dexter is a Philadelphia, Pa., native and a graduate of Robert Morris University, where he competed in the long jump and triple jump.
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