AMHERST, N.Y. (Apr. 21, 2018) - First-year field athletes Erin Leonard and Andrew Saulpaugh of the Queens College track and field teams completed their storybook seasons on Saturday (Apr. 21) by winning their respective hammer throw events at the East Coast Conference Championship outdoor meet at Williamsville South High School in Amherst.
The Knights finished in sixth place overall in both men's and women's meets with Saint Thomas Aquinas and Roberts Wesleyan claiming the conference crowns on a chilly Western New York Saturday.
Leonard's victory in the hammer throw was a close win, as the freshman posted a toss of 37.94 meters to beat Ashley Exner of Roberts Wesleyan (37.53m) by a slim margin. The freshman hurler collected ten points with the triumph and the Knights scored 13 total points in the event as Olivia Smithwick (36.54m) came in fifth place and scored two points while Renee Lustin finished in sixth and earned a point with a throw of 36.42m. Leonard earned twelve more points in total, scoring a runner-up finish in the discus throw (35.27 meters, eight points) and a fourth-place standing in the shot put (9.76m, four points). The Knights continued their success in the field events as Victoria Ramirez garnered a third-place finish in the javelin throw with a pitch of 30.97 meters for six points. Meanwhile, Diana Cruz leapt 5.11 meters to take third place and six points in the long jump while Terrilyn Britton finished in fifth and scored two points on an attempt of 4.94 meters. Angelinna Bradfield also earned four points in the pole vault with a fourth-place standing of 2.30 meters.
Britton had two of the best showings in the track events, finishing in second-place in both the 100m (12.47s) and 200m dash (25.96s) to score eight points in each event for the Knights. Cruz finished in tenth in the 200-meter run (27.06s) but she also earned a fourth-place finish and six points in the 400-meter run with a sub-sixty second time (59.88s). Nakeema Neunie did not score points in the 800m run but she did capture a top-ten finish, running to an eighth-place time of 2:31.67 and a ninth-place showing in the 1500 (5:19.96). Crystal Gia ran to a fifth-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase, earning two points in a time of 13:36.55 for an event that she had not run all season. The relays also earned points for the Knights with the 4x100 team of Cruz, Britton, Kerry Ghanie and Neunie scoring a point with a sixth-place time of 51.50 seconds; meanwhile, the 4x400-meter squad comprising of Britton, Cruz, Jia and Neunie finished in fifth place (4:19.73) for two points. Lastly, the Knights' 4x800-meter relay garnered a point as Simone Gmuca, Alyssa Meltzer, Angie Calle and Amira Dubissette ran a time of 13:01.77. Queens finished the meet with 71 points while Roberts Wesleyan won the meet with 194 total points.
Saulpaugh captured the men's hammer throw---the Knights' sixth consecutive win since 2013 in the hammer throw at outdoor championships---and ten points with a huge toss of 46.24 meters. The freshman was in first place by a wide margin, as LIU Post's Evangelos Fradalakis finished in a distant second with a throw of 40.49m. Josh Emrani claimed two points for a fifth-place finish with a throw of 30.30 meters. Saulpaugh was also third for the Knights in the men's discus throw, earning six points with a toss of 33.86m. The Knights' field events yielded only one more point as Keenan Gorski scored a point with a 1.63m high jump for sixth-place finish.
On the track, John Hines finished in ninth in the 200-meter dash (23.57s) and eighth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 52.79 seconds. Johnathan Dinh earned a point for a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 1:00.77, as well as leading the fifth-place 4x400 meter relay team with Hines, Dawsen Durant and Jacob Lascano to two points and a time of 3:47.22. The 4x800-meter relay squad of Clivensky Etienne, Paul Ogoo, Luis Campos Castro and Jose Osorio Fernandez also captured a point with a sixth-place time of 9:25.41.