March 14, 2009


Serikstad ties mark, takes 2nd

TERRE HAUTE, IND. – Cortland junior Kristen Serikstad finished second nationally and tied a school record in the high jump during the opening day of competition at the NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Serikstad cleared 5 feet, 6.5 inches, the same height as national champion Marlee Berg of Westfield State College (Mass.). Berg, however, was declared the champion due to having one fewer miss than Serikstad in the competition.
Both Serikstad and Berg cleared 5-1.25 on their first attempt, but Berg was able to leap over 5-3.25 on her first try compared to Serikstad making it on her second attempt. Both athletes then cleared 5-5.25 on the first try and took three attempts to record their final heights of 5-6.5 before failing with the bar at 5-7.25.
Serikstad tied the school indoor high jump record set by Susan Gracz in 1992. Serikstad is now a three-time All-American in the high jump – she tied for fourth place at last year’s outdoor championships (5-4.5) and tied for fifth at last year’s indoor nationals (5-3.25). The top eight finishers earn All-America honors in each event.
Serikstad is Cortland’s lone female competing at nationals. The Red Dragons’ final team standing, based on her eight points, will be determined after the meet concludes today.
Cortland State 12, Messiah 1: The Red Dragons, ranked 15th nationally in Division 3, were led offensively by Kevin Jackson, who went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs; Mike Salvatore, who was 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs and Mike Avery, who doubled and drove in two runs.
Starter Michael Mahay got the win, allowing six hits and an earned run in six innings with eight strikeouts.
Cortland is now 6-0 on its Florida trip, which was to conclude today with a doubleheader against Clarkson in Winter Haven, and is on a seven-game winning streak overall.
Cortland 3, Rhode Island College 1: Katie Finch tossed a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts to improve to 6-0 as the eighth-ranked Red Dragons triumphed. An RBI single by Jackie Begnoche sandwiched between a pair of run-scoring groundouts in the third accounted for the winners’ scoring. Cortland managed just three hits in the contest.
Cortland 10, Wisconsin Lutheran 0 (5 inn.): Sammi Dieffenbach went 3-for-3 with three RBIs for the Red Dragons (now 9-1, with nine wins after a season-opening loss), while Crystal Carlson was 2-for-3 with two runs and Emily Ringen tripled, drover in a run and scored twice.
Lauren Miller got the win in her first mound appearance of the season, allowing one hit with three strikeouts in going the distance.
Cortland visits Muhelnburg (Pa.) this Friday for a doubleheader.
Cortland 3, RIC 1
RIC 001 000 0 — 1 1 2
Cortland 003 000 x — 3 3 2
Cortland: Katie Finch (W, 6-0) and Sammi Dieffenbach, Katie Fusco (4). RIC: Amanda Berard (L) and Kayla Jandreau.

Cortland 10, Wisconsin Lutheran 0 (5 inn.)
Wis. Lutheran 000 00 — 0 1 4
Cortland 703 0x — 10 7 3
Wis. Lutheran: Laura Konop (L), Jenny Boelk (1) and Morgan Dittmar. Cortland: Lauren Miller (W, 1-0) and Sammi Dieffenbach, Rachel Barry (4).
3bh - Emily Ringen (C).