SUNY DELHI WOMEN WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, MEN PLACE 2ND!
Picture: 2014 National Champions (l-r) Coach Josh Gregory, Brian McLeod (High Jump), Jack Flood (Decathlon), Zhane Ridley (Heptathlon), Megan Fazio (Pole Vault), Mickey Reynolds (High Jump), Coach Robb Munro
The SUNY Delhi Women's Track and Field Team won the 2014 Outdoor Track and Field National Championships! Led by All-American performances from Zhane Ridley (Lakeland/PanasHS) who won the Heptathlon and was 2nd in the high jump, Michaela Reynolds (Unatego HS) who won the high jump, Megan Fazio (Lindenhurst HS) who won the pole vault, and the 4x800 relay team of Paris Matteo (Valley Stream HS), Kelsey Esselman (Monroe-Woodbury HS), Jesse Jacob (Walton HS) and Jen Jelic (Oneonta HS) that placed second, the women won the title by the slimmest of margins, one half point! It was truly a team effort!
Not to be overshadowed by the women, the men's team placed second bringing home a national trophy. They were only 7 points out of first and with only four athletes on the roster that are not freshman, the team looks to be in great shape. The men recieved All-American performances from Jack Flood (Bayport-Blue Point HS) who won the Decathlon, Brian McLeod (Solvay HS) who won the high jump, TJ Cosgrove (Ellenville HS) who was 2nd in the Decathlon and Keimon Barrow (New Rochelle HS) who was 2nd in the high jump and Mitch Couch (Oneonta HS) who was second in the hammer throw.
The men and women combined to score more points than any other program in the nation, making SUNY Delhi the home of the top overall NJCAA Division III Track and Field Program in the nation!
The SUNY Delhi Track and Field Teams Sweep The Regional Championships
Competing on their home track, the Broncos swept the team titles in track and field. The men's team won in dominant fashion, outscoring the nearest team by 70 points, while the women won a very tight team battle by 11 points over Mohawk Valley that was not decided until the last event. The women's team was led by Zhane Ridley (Lakeland/Panas) who won four individual events (Heptathlon, 100 hurdles, 200 meters and long jump) while contributing to relay wins in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Jen Jelic (Oneonta) joined Ridley on both of those relay teams and won the 400 hurdles. She also contributed runner up finishes in the 100H, long jump and triple jump. Michaela Reynolds (Unatego) added great performances in the field events with a win in the high jump, a runner-up finish in the javelin and third place finishes in the long jump and triple jump.
For the men, individual titles were won by Romaine Angel (JFK Bronx) in the 400 meters, Tyler Angioli (Fonda-Fultonville) in the 800 meters, Brandon Capo-Roth (Pawling) in the 1,500 meters, Francisco Wilson-King (Saunders) in the 400 hurdles, Kenny Onyekwu (New Rochelle) in the triple jump, Mitch Couch (Oneonta) in the discus, Jack Flood (Bayport-Blue Point) in the decathlon and the 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay teams.
Next up for the team is the National Championships!
The SUNY Delhi Track and Field Teams Look Strong Heading Into Regionals and Nationals
The SUNY Delhi Track and Field team has had a great season so far, despite the very delayed arrival of spring. In the next two weeks the men's and women's teams will compete for regional and national titles. In the most recent rankings, the Broncos have six #1 ranked performances in the nation. For the women, Jennifer Jelic (Oneonta HS) is leading the nation in the 400 meter hurdles, Megan Fazio (Lindenhurts, HS) is leading in the pole vault and the women's 4x800 team has run the nations fastest time so far. For the men, Keimon Barrow (New Rochelle HS) leads the nation in the high jump and triple jump, Jack Flood (Bayport-Blue Point HS) leads the Decathlon and Mitch Couch (Oneonta HS) leads the Hammer Throw.
With improved depth and a more complete team than last year, both men and women are anxious to get into the championship meets!
New School Record For Antori Abraham
At the Cortland Classic meet Antori Abraham (New Rochelle HS) finally had weather conditions that allowed her to compete in the Hammer Throw and she took advantage of them. Abraham threw three straight personal bests in the first round of the competition, the third of which broke SUNY Delhi's school record! Also during the meet Zhane Ridley (Lakeland/Panas HS) won the Region III Women's Heptathlon Title and Jack Flood (Bayport-Blue Point HS) won the Region III Men's Decathlon Championship!
Weekes Wins National Title, Sets Meet Record; Connors and Brown Earn All-American
The SUNY Delhi Track and Field team had a great showing at the NJCAA Championships held at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. The top finish came from freshman Maddesen Weekes (Shenedehowa HS) who won the national championship in the pole vault, setting a new NJCAA Championship Meet Record and a new SUNY Delhi school record with a clearance of 3.21 meters. Two other athletes earned All-American for the Broncos. Freshman Kerry Connors (Washingtonville HS) placed second in the 800 meters and freshman Orion Brown (Kingston HS) placed second in the 400 meter hurdles. Other podium finishes came from Pete Schweitzer (Arlington HS) in the men's 1500 (3rd), Jacob Matthews in the High Jump (4th), Nicole Kenneally (Nanuet HS) and Connor O'Keefe (FDR HS) in the steeplechases (5th), Levi Anderson (Oneonta HS) in the steeplechase (7th), Belony Borange in the steeplechase, Joelsen Resimo (Binghamton HS) in the 1500 meters and Nicole Kenneally and Alex Florio in the 10,000 meters (8th).
In the relays, the men's 4x800 relay team of Joelsen Resimo, Pete Schweitzer, Kevin Williams (Riverhead HS) and Brendan Callaghan (Commack HS) which placed third. The men's 4x400 relay team of Joelsen Resimo, James Cowell (South Hampton HS), Pete Schweitzer and Kevin Williams ran a season best time in the semifinals posting a 3:22.85 and went on to finish 7th in the finals.