Lalone One Of Six Cortland T-F All-Americans
Six SUNY Cortland athletes - five men and one woman - have been named Division III All-Americans for the 2020 indoor track and field season by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Cortland's men's honorees are graduate student Brent DiVittorio (Brewster) in the 60-meter hurdles, senior Micah Assibey-Bonsu (Central Islip) in the triple jump, senior Zach Kashmer (Chili/Churchville-Chili) in the heptathlon, junior Rich Samuels (Wallkill) in the 800 meters and senior Peyton Lalone (Ogdensburg/Ogdensburg Free Academy) in the 200-meter dash. Sophomore Taylor Hunter (Buffalo/Tapestry Charter) was honored on the women's side in the 200-meter dash.
Normal policies dictate that All-America honors are awarded to student-athletes who score any portion of a team point (top-eight in the final of an individual event or as a member of a top-eight placing relay event) at the NCAA Championships. Due to the cancellation of the national championship meet in Winston-Salem, N.C., in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USTFCCCA decided to recognize all national qualifiers who were initially accepted into their events on the Sunday prior to the championship – 20 in each individual event and 12 teams in each relay.
DiVittorio ranked fifth nationally in Division III in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.06 seconds. He's an All-American for the second time – he finished seventh in the heptathlon in 2017.
Assibey-Bonsu ranked eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 14.69 meters (48' 2.5"). He was the national runner-up in the event at the 2019 NCAA indoor championships as well as an All-American outdoors with a sixth-place effort last spring.
Kashmer was entering nationals ranked eighth in the heptathlon with a score of 4,968 points. He was a national competitor in 2019 in both the heptathlon indoors and the decathlon outdoors. He finished 16th at each of those meets.
Samuels was scheduled to make his first NCAA appearance. He was seeded 18th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.67.
Lalone was a repeat qualifier for the 200-meter dash indoors. He finished 19th nationally in 2019 after being hampered with an injury. He was seeded 19th entering the 2020 championships with a time of 22.17 seconds.
Hunter was scheduled to make her first indoor NCAA appearance. She was seeded 19th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.54 seconds. In 2019, Hunter was part of Cortland's 4x100-meter relay team that earned outdoor All-America honors with an eighth-place finish.