Lalone Repeats NCAA Championship Qualifying
Six members of the SUNY Cortland indoor track and field program - five men and one woman - have qualified for the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. Cortland's qualifiers on the men's side are senior Peyton Lalone (Ogdensburg/Ogdensburg Free Academy in the 200-meter dash, 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, and junior Rich Samuels (Wallkill) in the 800 meters. The Red Dragons' women's qualifier is sophomore Taylor Hunter (Buffalo/Tapestry Charter) in the 200-meter dash. Lalone is a repeat qualifier for the 200-meter dash indoors. He finished 19th nationally in 2019 after being hampered with an injury. He's seeded 19th entering this meet with a time of 22.17 seconds.
DiVittorio's three previous NCAA indoor championship appearances have been in the heptathlon (2016-18); this is his first time qualifying in an individual event. He was an All-American in the heptathlon in 2017 with a seventh-place national showing. DiVittorio enters nationals this season with the fifth-best qualifying time in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.06 seconds. Assibey-Bonsu was the national runner-up in the triple jump at last year's indoor nationals and was also an All-American in the event outdoors last spring with a sixth-place effort. He currently ranks eighth nationally with a distance of 14.69 meters (48' 2.5"). Kashmer competed nationally last year in both the heptathlon indoors and the decathlon outdoors. He finished 16th at each meet. This year he enters nationals with the eighth-best score of 4,968 points. Samuels is making his first NCAA appearance. He's seeded 18th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.67. Hunter is making her first indoor NCAA appearance. She was part of Cortland's 4x100-meter relay team last spring that earned outdoor All-America honors with an eighth place finish. She is currently seeded 19th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.54 seconds. The field in each individual event consists of the top 20 declared performers in the country. For relays, the top 12 qualify. The schedule for Cortland's events is as follows: Friday, March 13: 11 a.m. - Men's Heptathlon Day 1 (60-meter dash, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump) 2:40 p.m. - Men's 60-meter Hurdles (Prelims) 4:35 p.m. - Men's 800 meters (Prelims) 5:05 p.m. - Men's 200-meter dash (Prelims) 5:20 p.m. - Women's 200-meter dash (Prelims) Saturday, March 14: 11 a.m. - Men's Heptathlon Day 2 (60-meter hurdles, Pole Vault, 1,000 meters) 2 p.m. - Men's Triple Jump (Finals) 2:50 p.m. - Men's 60-meter Hurdles (Finals) 3:50 p.m. - Men's 800 meters (Finals) 4:10 p.m. - Men's 200-meter dash (Finals) 4:20 p.m. - Women's 200-meter dash (Finals)