Pioneer Men 3rd, Women 4th at Track Nationals

Alfred State had a strong showing at the 2012 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend. The men's team finished 3rd out of 20 teams that competed while the women were 4th out of 21 teams. Pioneer athletes won five events and earned All-American status in eight total events.

Shawn Charles (Rochester/Greece Olympia), David Miller (Elmira Southside), and Alex Hewlett (Wellsville) won individual titles. Charles won the 100 m dash in 10.79, Miller won the pole vault with a leap of 4.70 m, and Hewlett won the javelin with a toss of 51.46 m.

Charles and Hewlett combined with Rawle Crawford (Mt. Vernon) and Brian Tubbs (Waverly) in winning the 4x100 in 42.77 while the women's 4x400 team of Shea McKee (Canisteo Greenwood), Caitlyn Hotchkiss (Springville), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts), and Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) won easily in 4:04.39 to set a new school record.

Kayla Franchina (Cassadaga Valley) took home 2nd place in the heptathlon with 2,740 points while Travis Nagle (Randolph) was 2nd in the decathlon with 5,474 points. Jordan Friedman (West Nyack/Clarkstown South) established a new personal best with a 2nd place finish in the pole vault with a leap of 4.25 m.

Other point scoring performances included:

  • Dorsey 3rd in the 200 (25.55)
  • Nagle 3rd in the pole vault (4.25 m)
  • Jayvon Larkin (Rochester/Wilson) 3rd in the triple jump (14.10 m)
  • Murphy 4th in the 400 (59.92)
  • Women's 4x100 finished 4th (51.49)
  • Votava 4th in the 100 hurdles (16.87), 5th in the pole vault (2.50 m), and 7th in the discus (28.27 m)
  • Robert Howard (Syracuse/Nottingham) 4th in the shot put (13.54 m) and 5th in the discus (42.33 m)
  • Brian Edwards (Tri-Valley) 5th in the shot put (13.47 m), 6th in the discus (41.97 m), and 8th in the javelin (41.95 m)
  • Adam Kellogg (Wellsville) 5th in the hammer throw (42.74 m)
  • McKee 6th in the long jump (5.06 m) and T-7th in the high jump (1.50 m)
  • Meghann Miskell (Livonia) 6th in the pole vault (2.50 m)
  • Corrie Mulligan (Alfred Almond) 7th in the 400 hurdles (1:15.05)
  • Will Houlihan (Mohonasen) 7th in the hammer throw (42.17 m)
  • Men's 4x400 finished 8th (3:26.27)
  • Men's 4x800 finished 8th (8:26.29)

The Pioneer men scored 93 points in the competition and trailed only Harper College's 132 and SUNY Delhi's 127. The women scored 59.5 points and trailed only Mohawk Valley's 150, SUNY Delhi's 107, and Gloucester County's 87. Head coach Gary Moore was also named the women's coach of the year.