College Indoor Season Closes with Championships

  NCAA D1, Alberquerue, NM        NCAA D2, Winston-Salem, NC                NCAA D3. Lincoln, NB

18 college athletes make it the podium as First team All-Americans at National Championships. 
Stephen Mozia (Cornell D1) earned runner up honors with his 2nd place put of 20.06m, bettering his 17th place finish at the IAAF Indoor Championships a week earlier. 
Joe Postwaite (Lake Erie D2, Gates-Chili) also earned runner up honors with his 2nd place triple jump of 15.70m. Postwaite also finished 15th in high jump.
Montez Blair (Cornell D1) finished in 4th place of the high jump competition clearing 2.23m.
Brycen Spratling (Pittsburgh D1, Webster) anchored the Pittsburgh 4x400 relay to a 4th place finish splitting a 45.81 and edging out the team from Oregon at the line. Spratling earned his second All-American honors finishing 6th in the open 400m with a time of 46.08. In a strange turn of events, the 400m final went from being a 2 heat final to a 3 heat final. Spratling was given the first race without any of the other top seeds.
Melique Garcia (Cortland State D3) finished 4th in the 200m in a time of 21.73, Garcia also finished 9th in the 60m.
Cory Cox (Buffalo State D3) finished 4th in the long jump with a leap of 7.11m, Cox also finished 10th in the 200m.
Richard Pete (Buffalo State D3) finished 5th in triple jump making it 14.43m.
The 4x400m team from Buffalo State finished 5th in 3:50.48. Niasha Houpe, Jazlyn Porter, Sasa Vann, and Tara Murphy made up the team.
Taylor Hudson (Cortland State D3) finished 5th in the high jump clearing 1.69m. Hudson also finished 12th in the long jump.
Taylor Pierson (Nazareth D3, Southside HS, Elmira) finished 5th in long jump, jumping 5.55m.
Emilia Scheemaker (Ithaca D3) finished 5th in the triple jump making it 11.74m.
Za'Von Watkins (Penn State D1, Liverpool) finished 7th in the 800m running 1:50.25. Watkins also ran the 400m leg of the Penn State DMR which finished 11th.
Mike Morgan (University of Buffalo, Wayne) completed the Heptathlon earning 5766 points. Closing with a 2:45.06 1000m and some needed points. Morgan started the two day event in 4th place with a 60m time and PR of 7.00.
Bruno Hortelano-Roig (Cornell D1) finished the 200m in 8th place in 20.75

Complete results from Division 1 Championships-Men
Complete results from Division 1 Championships-Women
Complete results from Division 2 Championships

Complete results from Division 3 Championships
Preview and complete list of college athletes with ties to Central and Western NY

Four Niagara members compete at 2014 USA Indoor Championships

(Photo courtesy of Eric Boyce)

Four Niagara members travel to Alberquerque, New Mexico to take their chance at a National Championship

On the Women’s side, Jenn Suhr (adidas), Niagara’s most prominent member at the meet competed in the pole vault where she has won many National Championships and is the reigning World Record holder indoors. This year, Suhr just missed the mark at another National Championship but finished 2nd on misses at the 4.66m height over Kylie Hutson. The winner of the pole vault is a native of Western New York, Mary Saxer (NYAC), who won her first National Championship with a PR vault of 4.71m.

Also a native of Western New York, Miranda Melville (NYAC), finished 2nd in the 3000m Race Walk in 12:59.75.

On the Men’s side, Brycen Spratling (Pittsburgh), had the best finish placing 6th overall. Spratling won his heat on the first day in 46.72, and cruised to a 46.41 finish in the finals.

Nick Guarino (Syracuse Chargers), led virtually his entire heat of the 800m until Nick Symmonds unleashed his kick to take away the automatic Qualifier. Guarino finished in 1.48.99, just .55 away from earning a berth to the finals event. Josh Guarino (Syracuse Chargers) also competed in the 800m, not having as much success in a later heat, Guarino finished with a time of 1:57.59.

Tully’s own Lopez Lomong (Nike) competed in both the 1500m and 3000m. Lomong won the 1500m in 3:43.09 just edging Will Leer, and finished 4th in the 3000m in 7:56.65.

In addition, competing at the 2013 USATF Niagara Indoor Championships hosted by the Upstate Holiday Classic and friends of USATF Niagara, Men's pole vault winner Mark Hollis is the new National Champion clearing 5.55m. Michael Mannozzi finished 5th in the 3000m race walk in 13:00.66 and Katie Burnett finished 5th in the 3000m race walk in 14:38.42.

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Follow along on Twitter representing Team USA at the IAAF Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland #Sopot2014 will be Jenn Suhr @JennSuhr, Mary Saxer @SaxDefyGravity, Lopez Lomong @LopezLomong, @usatf and @usatfniagara for updates.

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