In his recurring role as champion thrower, senior Tyler Yeastedt shattered facility records in the weight throw and the shot put at the Hutton Sports & Recreation Center where Utica College hosted their Pioneer Invitational on Saturday. In the new facility, marking 17.75 meters in the weight throw, he surpassed the former record by over a meter. Meanwhile in the shot put, he increased the record distance by 1.5 meters.
For pole vaulting, senior Nathan Ogilvie cleared the bar at a height of 4.35 meters, 30 centimeters above the three runner-ups, which included freshman Joseph Vetere. Conquering the women’s high jump against 18 others was freshman Jillian Salkind in 1.58 meters.
On the track, junior Maddie Dery abolished the facility record in the women’s mile by 2.4 seconds with her time of 5:09.2. Senior Alexa Sakorafos finished five seconds later in fourth place. The men’s mile was won by Peter DeWierdt of Hamilton College in 4:25.0, but junior Garrett Davis and freshman Sean O’Connor flew in afterward, separated by less than a second to place second and third respectively.
Junior Brian Crowley outran Henry Whipple from Hamilton to take first in the men’s 5000 m with a time of 15:40.1. Junior Nolan Feola proceeded to cross next in third and freshman Shreyas Sriram followed in fourth.
Behind 800 meter winner Michael Warchol of Mohawk Valley Community College was junior Travis Taylor with a time of 2:01.3. Freshman Frank Sinapi came in almost simultaneously, placing third in 2:01.5.
Senior Joey Correia sprinted to a second place finish in the 400 meter in 52.1. Freshman Jason Hall also crossed as a runner-up in the meet, coming in after Erik Gleba from Utica in the 500 meter.
The moment of truth for the indoor portion of track and field is closing in on the Engineers as they gear up for the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championship at Ithaca College this Friday and Saturday.