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Track & field competes at NY Upstate Indoor Challenge

Men finish fourth in team standards, women are fifth

January 24, 2014

Track & field competes at NY Upstate Indoor Challenge

Kathleen Klein

Contact: David O’Brian (

ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Chris Fernandez won the men’s 800 and fellow senior Ben Snodgrass won the 1000, highlighting Binghamton’s performance at the Cornell Upstate Indoor Track Challenge on Saturday. In the team standings, the Bearcat men were fourth out of nine competing teams while the women were fifth out of eight squads.  The host Big Red swept both team titles.

Fernandez clocked a first-place time of 1:54.11, which met the IC4A qualifying standard. Snodgrass, meanwhile, crossed the finish line in a time of 8:34.41.

Other top finishers on the men’s side included freshman Eric Holt, who was second in the 1,000 (2:30.16) and fellow freshman Peter Fagan, who was the runner up in the pole vault (16-0). Both of them also met the IC4A qualifying standards.

In the weight throw, senior Jacob Platel broke the school record, placing fourth with a distance of 59-1. The old mark of 58-8 ½ was set by Justin Halleck in 2008.

On the women’s side, junior Alexx Baum was third in the triple jump, with an ECAC-qualifying distance of 39-10. Sophomore Kenyon Merriwether was third in the weight throw (46-9).

Up next for Binghamton is a pair of meets this coming weekend. The Penn State National Open runs Friday and Saturday while the Cornell/Robert Kane Invitational takes place on Saturday.


Chris Fernandez, 800, 1st (1:54.11) IC4A
Ben Snodgrass, 1st, 3,000 (8:34.41)
Eric Holt, 2nd, 1000 (2:30.16) IC4A
Peter Fagan, 2nd, Pole Vault (16-0) FR, IC4A
Zach Keefer, 2nd, 500 (1:05.34) IC4A
Jon Alkins, 3rd, 60 (6.97) IC4A
Jacob Platel, 4th, Weight Throw (59-1) SR, IC4A
Temi Bajulaiye, 5th, 400 (50.70)
Joe Micili, 5th, Pole Vault (15-3)
Brandon Bordeau, 5th, Shot Put (50-9)
Jonah Spaeth, T6th, Pole Vault (13-9)
Pat Heikklia, 6th, Shot Put (49-8)


Alexx Baum, 3rd, Triple Jump (39-10) ECAC
Kenyon Merriwether, 3rd, Weight Throw (46-9)
Keishorea Armstrong, 4th, 60 (7.71)
Keishorea Armstrong, 4th, Triple Jump (39-7) FR,  ECAC
Tori Shaffer, 5th, High Jump (5-4)
Kierra Arthur, 5th, Triple Jump (38-8)
Erika Kisel, 6th, 400 (58.44)
Alexis Hatcher, 6th, 1000 (3:00.99)
Caitlin Jelinek, 6th, 3000 (10:22.98)
Sarah Osaheni, 6th, 60 Hurdles (9.06)
Jackie Cruden, 6th, High Jump (5-4)
Sarah Haley, 6th, Pole Vault (11-3)
Sara Wickes, 6th, Long Jump (17-3)

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