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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Crockett, Fahy three-peat as shot put champions

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 3/1/23

Shot putters Sarah Crockett (Rome/RFA) of SUNY Brockport and Jane Fahy (Oriskany) of Utica University proved unbeatable – again – during their respective conference championships.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Crockett, Fahy three-peat as shot put champions


Shot putters Sarah Crockett (Rome/RFA) of SUNY Brockport and Jane Fahy (Oriskany) of Utica University proved unbeatable – again – during their respective conference championships this past weekend.

At Brockport, Crockett captured a third consecutive shot put title with a toss of 43 feet, 9 ¼ inches and the junior also repeated in the women’s weight throw with a winning heave of 56-4 ½ as the host Golden Eagles placed second in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women’s Track & Field Championships.

In Rochester, Fahy also won a third straight shot put title with a school-record toss of 43 feet, 5 ¼ inches while helping the Pioneers finish fourth in the Empire 8 Conference Women’s Track & Field Championships at Nazareth College.

Utica sprinter Mackenzie Mix (Camden), meanwhile, repeated as E8 champion in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 25.69 seconds and was the runner-up at 400 meters (58.02). Teammate Gabrielle DeSanctis (New Hartford) placed second in the weight throw (47-4 ½).

Alfred University’s Bianca Durso (Utica/New Hartford) scored 2,749 points in the women’s pentathlon, breaking a program record that had stood since 1999. She placed fourth overall and was the top high jumper, clearing 5-0 ½ and tying for second in that event.

Utica men placed second as a team in the Empire 8 Conference Championships. Sprinter Andrew Hadasz (Whitesboro) won the 200-meter dash in 22.60 seconds and joined Dion Putaski (Vernon/VVS) and Ethan Kain (New Hartford) on a 4x400 relay that finished second in 3:27.17.

Utica shot putters Billie Mays III (Rome/RFA) and Justin Swavely (Rome/RFA) placed second and fifth, respectively, and Swavely was third in the weight throw. In the men’s heptathlon, Utica’s Andrew Wieder (Clinton) placed second with 4,268 points, the second-best effort in program history.

At the Liberty League Men’s Track & Field Championships, St. Lawrence University’s Erik Geier (Hamilton) repeated as the 60-meter hurdles champ and his winning time of 8.24 seconds broke a school record that had stood for over a decade. Ithaca College’s Nate Oczkowski (New Hartford) was third in the event in 8.56 seconds.

Bard, Lopata in ECAC women’s hockey semifinals

Two defenders on nationally-ranked, Division I women’s ice hockey teams – Colgate University senior captain Sydney Bard (New Hartford) and Quinnipiac University sophomore Mia Lopata (Clinton) – will meet for the third time this season in an ECAC single-elimination semifinal Friday night in New Haven, Connecticut.

Colgate (30-5-2) survived and advanced with its best-of-3 quarterfinal series win over Princeton. In the opener, Bard assisted on the power-play goal with 16.5 seconds left in the second period that gave Colgate a 2-1 lead, but Princeton rallied for a 3-2 win. The next day, Bard assisted on the game-winner with 4:50 left to play and Colgate forced a third game with a 4-3 victory.

Colgate then came from behind again last Sunday and advanced with a 2-1 win. Bard has played in all 37 games and has three goals, 28 assists and a plus-minus of plus-25. She also has blocked 25 shots.

Lopata has played in 35 games for Quinnipiac (29-8) and has two assists and is a plus-6. The Bobcats won the two regular-season meetings, beating Colgate 3-0 and 2-1.

In NCAA Division III men’s ice hockey, junior forward Gino DeBlasiis (Rome/RFA) played in 22 games for SUNY Canton (12-13) and finished the season with five goals and one assist, and freshman defenseman Andrew Manley (Whitesboro) played in 18 games for SUNY Morrisville (8-17) and finished the season with one goal, two assists and 10 blocked shots.

Deveans women’s lacrosse Player of the Week

Medaille University’s Katelynn Deveans (Clinton) was named the Empire 8 Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week on Monday after the sophomore midfielder scored six goals in the Mavericks’ season-opening 21-11 victory over Thiel College. Deveans also had four ground balls and eight draw controls.

RPI freshman Ilana McCarthy (New Hartford) scored a goal in her collegiate debut while helping the Engineers open their women’s lacrosse season with a 20-7 victory over Oneonta.

SUNY Plattsburgh freshman defender Lillian Gilory (Rome/RFA) caused four turnovers in her collegiate debut as the Cardinals opened their season with a 14-11 win over Sage.

In men’s lacrosse, Kollin Matthews (Marcy/Whitesboro) had four assists and Sage College opened the season with a 23-3 victory over Wells College.


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