For Immediate Release: January 31, 2008
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton track & field competes at pair of meets

Penn State National Open

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--Binghamton set three school records at the Penn State National Indoor Track Open on Friday and Saturday.

The men's distance medley relay team of freshmen Michael Schieck and Jesse McCormick and sophomores Cazal Arnett and Erik van Ingen placed fourth and shattered the school record with a time of 9:53,13. The old mark of 10:11.47 was set last season.

Sophomore Erik van Ingen placed sixth overall in the 800 with a school-record time of 1:51.89. The old mark of 1:53.08 was set by Frank Savinon when he won the 2003 America East Indoor title.

Senior Joanel Lopez finished 11th in the shot put but he broke his own school record with a throw of 53-8 1/2. His previous best of 53-1 was set last week at the Great Dane Classic. Lopez has now broken the program record in the shot put three times this indoor season.


Distance Medley Relay, 4th, 9:53.13 SR, IC4A
(Schieck, Arnett, McCormick, van Ingen, )
Erik van Ingen, 6th, 800 (1:51.89), SR, IC4A
Chris Gaube, 9th, 5,000 (14:39.62) IC4A
Joanel Lopez, 11th, Shot Put (53-8 1/2) SR, IC4A


HAMILTON, N.Y.-- Binghamton was second in the women's meet (77 points) and tied for third with SUNY-Cortland in the men's competition (44 points) at the Colgate Class of 1932 Invitational. The host Raiders placed first in both the 15-team women's field (105 points) and 18-team men's field (77 points).

In the women's meet, freshman Kaitlin Sullivan was second in the 60 hurdles (9.30) and fellow freshman Samatha Howell was the runner-up in the 400 (60.21). A third freshman, Jessica Conter, was second in the 200 (20.66) and fourth in the 60 (8.07)

Freshman Nelson Hall was the top finisher in the men's meet, placing second in the high jump (6-4).


Nelson Hall, 2nd, High Jump (6-4)
Justin Hidalgo, 3rd, Weight Throw (51-7 1/4)
Chris Veney, 3rd, Triple Jump (44-3 3/4)
Jesse Fuca, 3rd, 60 Hurdles (8.40)
Geoff Campbell, 3rd, 60 (7.11)
Dan Walker, 4th, 60 (7.16)
Chris Veney, 5th, Long Jump (21-0 3/4)


Kaitlin Sullivan, 2nd, 60 Hurdles (9.30)
Samantha Howell, 2nd, 400 (60.21)
Jessica Conter, 2nd, 200 (20.66)
Ryann Cretney, 3rd, 1,000 (3:08.41)
Jasmine Hinson, 3rd, 60 (8.01)
Kiki Gifft, 3rd, Pole Vault (10-0)
Abigail Oakes, 4th, Weight Throw (45-3 1/2)
Sarah McKulski, 4th, 60 Hurdles (9.70)
Jessica Conter, 4th, 60 (8.07)
Hana Wright, 4th, 400 (60.75)

PLEASE NOTE: Next week is another two meets for the men's and women's teams. The Collegiate Invitational will be held Friday and Saturday at the New York City Armory. The Syracuse Invitational, meanwhile, will only be held on Saturday.
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