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Merchant's Hurls NCAA Best In Javelin For SLU

WOMEN’S RECAP

Kathleen Merchant shattered her own school record in the javelin, posting the best mark in the nation among NCAA Division III athletes, to lead the St. Lawrence University women's track and field team to a win at the three-team Ice Broken Open on Saturday afternoon at Merrick-Pinkard Track Complex. Merchant broke the record by 2.44 meters on her first attempt of the day, launching the javelin 45.95 meters. She improved her mark by 29 more centimeters on her next attempt, posting a 46.24-meter performance. The mark is more than two-and-a-half meters better than the next-best performance by an NCAA Division III athlete this year. Merchant added wins in the hammer throw (38.30 meters) and the shot put (12.39 meters) to help the Saints score 118 points. Plattsburgh State was second with 107 points, while SUNY Potsdam was third with six points. Isabel Caprood also won multiple events for the Saints, posting a personal-best time of 13.52 to win the 100-meter dash and also winning the 100 hurdles. Haylei Coolican (3,000 steeplechase) and Catherine Kluchinski (5,000) also had wins with personal-best performances, and Alexa Smith added a win in the 400. Merchant and her sister Kimberly Merchant, who finished second in the javelin and the shot put and fourth in the weight throw, were not able to compete in the discus as they were being inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. Head Coach Kate Howard "Today's meet was another great opportunity to compete on our home turf. Last week was a true rust buster, and now we're able to focus on competing and going after our best performances in every event. We're proud of the progress we're making across the event groups. Kath had a remarkable performance in the javelin — not only did she break her own school record but this puts her in terrific standing nationally." St. Lawrence Event Winners Kathleen Merchant - Javelin (46.24 meters); Hammer throw (38.30 meters); Shot put (12.39 meters) Isabel Caprood - 100 hurdles (16.69); 100 (13.52) Haylei Coolican - 3,000 steeplechase (12:01.10) Catherine Kluchinski - 5,000 (18:22.70) Alexa Smith - 400 (1:04.90) MEN’S RECAP

Michael Skutt won the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs to lead the St. Lawrence University men's track and field team to a win in the three-team Ice Broken Open at Merrick-Pinkard Track & Field Complex on Saturday afternoon. Skutt won the 1,500 by a second and a half, taking the lead with just over a lap to go and finishing with a 62.11-second final lap to cross the finish line in 4:17.80. He similarly pulled ahead late in the 5,000, running the last 1,600 meters in 4:47.92 to finish in 15:38.71. The Saints won 13 of 17 events contested to score 157 points. Plattsburgh State was second with 69 points, and SUNY Potsdam was third with 33. Sergey Avery (pole vault), Michael Corbitt (long jump) and Ryan Steele (triple jump) all won individual events and were part of the winning 4x100 relay for the Saints. Head Coach John Newman '94 "I was really proud of our team effort today. Our focus has really been on competing as opposed to chasing qualifying marks. The guys have been doing a great job rising to that challenge the last two weeks. It's been too long without head-to-head competition and we want that to be our focus. We were able to pick up quite a few points in nearly every event from almost everyone that competed today. Collin Hutton and Michael Skutt had breakout performances that certainly captured our attention. Quite a few guys also had their collegiate firsts and found themselves on top of the podium today. Matt Abell in steeple, Jackson Hamilton in the 800 and Michael Corbitt in the long jump come to mind as filling that category. A lot of guys deserve shout outs today but I would be remiss if I didn't mention Richard O'Keefe's big PR and well-run race in the 5,000 (16:12.15). He's made some of the biggest improvements this year of all the guys in our program. It was beautiful day to celebrate a home meet at the Merrick-Pinkard Track & Field Complex on Founders Day." St. Lawrence Event Winners Michael Skutt - 1,500 (4:17.80); 5,000 (15:38.71) Sergey Avery - Pole vault (3.05 meters); 4x100 Michael Corbitt - Long jump (5.40 meters); 4x100 Ryan Steele - Triple jump (11.82 meters); 4x100 Matt Abell - 3,000 steeplechase (10:07.44) Tito Bowens - Shot put (12.05 meters) Noah Garfield - 110 hurdles (16.24) Jackson Hamilton - 800 (2:00.32) Collin Hutton - Discus (36.12 meters) Connor Lambert - 400 (52.78) Maxwell Mapstone - High jump (1.67 meters) Elias Stowell, 4x100

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