April 28, 2008


Red Dragon men repeat as champs

Steeple Chase

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Alanna Hollborn splashes into the water en route to winning the SUNYAC 3,000 meter steeplechase race.

With sprinter Amaan Siddeeq and middle distance runner Justin Wager each coming up with a pair of victories on Saturday, SUNY Cortland men were able to run away with the conference track and field team title.
The Red Dragons ended up with eight first place finishes over two days of competition on their SUNY Cortland Athletic Complex home track, piling up 214 team points in the process.
Brockport was a distant second in this SUNY Athletic Conference Championship field of eight schools with 148 points. Buffalo State was third with 126.5 points.
Cortland was the defending champion and has finished first in six of the past eight seasons, with 10 team titles to its credit overall.
Cortland women ended up third in the final team standings, Geneseo grabbing the SUNYAC Championship crown with 165 points. Brockport was second with 146 and Cortland third with 143, as the Red Dragons’ lone victory Saturday came from Alanna Hollborn in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Siddeeq was the fastest man at the meet — and has established himself as one of the top sprinters in the country — with record setting performances.
The senior from Goshen won the 100-meter dash in 10.37, lowering the previous school and conference mark of 10.39 seconds set by Stefan Mascoll in 1998. His 200-meter time of 21.04 bettered his own school record set earlier this spring at Bucknell.
Wager, a sophomore from Guilderland, was the winner in both the 800-meter run with a 1:54.55 time before capturing the 1,500-meter run in 3:56.50.
The other Cortland winners on Saturday included freshman Gino Bisceglia capturing the 400-meter hurdles in 54.48 and sophomore Kyle O’Brien taking first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:21.14.
Cortland started the day trailing Brockport by five points in the team standings following Friday’s opening session, when junior and Homer Central alum Josh Henry won the 10,000-meters and Jake Zanetti the pole vault for the Red Dragons.
Cortland dominated the sprints, with Siddeeq leading a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200-meters. Senior J.J. Riese ended up second and senior Matt Bieringer third in that race, with Riese also finishing fourth in the 100m finals.
Bieringer also ran second in the 400-meters in 48.91, freshman A.J. Allen was second behind classmate Bisceglia in the 400-meter hurdles in 56.19 and freshman Will Razzano was second in the triple jump at 45-0.25.
Cortland’s 4x100-meter relay of senior Kevin Ma, sophomore Darnell Owens, senior Stan Cadet and senior Ronny Rodriguez finished second in 42.89 seconds.
Junior Niko Viglione turned in a pair of top-four finishes with a third-place time of 1:55.95 in the 800 meters and a fourth-place time of 4:03.56 in the 1,500 meters. Sophomore Drew Hilker also placed in the top four twice with a third-place long jump (21-9.5) and a fourth-place high jump (6-2.75).
Sophomore Noah Rappahahn finished fourth in the javelin (152-8) and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.70), while sophomore Will Coston was fifth in the high jump (6-0.75) and sixth in the triple jump (43-10).
Junior Shamus Nally, freshman Reid McGrath and junior Steve McCaffrey finished fourth (31:15.60), sixth (16:09.57) and seventh (16:12.06), respectively, in the 5,000-meter race.
FOR CORTLAND WOMEN, Hollborn’s win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase was an NCAA provisional time of 11:10.83 seconds. She was also third in the 1,500m (4:46.03) and fifth in the 800m.
 The Red Dragons had trailed Brockport by a lone point following Friday’s events, when Sarah Kimball won the pole vault in a duel with teammate Keri Laviska. Both cleared a meet record 11-9, Kimball the winner based on fewer misses throughout the competition.
Sophomore Kristen Serikstad turned in runner-up performances in two events, clearing 5-5.25 in the high jump and 116-0 in the javelin. She  matched the winner’s height and tied the meet record in the high jump, but placed second due to more misses.
The Red Dragons also had junior Carly Kennedy record a third-place time of 15.72 seconds in the 100m hurdles and take seventh in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:08.08. Senior Christa McGough placed third in the triple jump (35- 11.25) and sixth in the long jump (16- 8.5), while junior Brittany Brunetto was third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:55.47).
The Red Dragons also finished third in two relays.
The 4x100-meter combination of Katie Taber, Mallory Baker, McGough and senior Ashley Wirges were clocked at 51.31. The runner-up 4x400m quartet of Baker, Kennedy, Kristie O’Reilly and Jessica Stanton ran a 4:04.81.
Sophomore Kate Ramsbotham posted fourth-place finishes in both the 800 meters (2:25.39) and the 1,500 meters (4:46.20), while sophomore Lauren Phillips was fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:06.70). Stanton finished fifth in the 400 meters (1:00.71) and eighth in the 800 meters (2:33.31).
Sophomore Valerie Reynolds placed fifth in the high jump (4-11.5), Baker was sixth in the 400 meters (1:00.79) and Wirges was seventh in the 200 meters (26.35).