Track & Field places 8th and 11th at nationals
(Herkimer's Sam Morrett finished the 3,000-meter Steeplechase in third place at Hamilton College Friday).
UTICA, NY – After an impressive showing at their 2015 regional meet, the Herkimer Generals Track & Field team kept up that momentum at nationals, seeing the men finish 8th overall, the women finish 11th, Anthony Ciaccia (Selkirk, NY) finish ninth in the decathlon and Lindsey Therrien (Johnstown, NY) finish sixth in the heptathlon.
Helping the men to eighth place was solid performances from Sam Morrett (Cohoes, NY), Chris Simmons (Utica, NY) and Jack Minasi (Newport, NY). Morrett captured third place in the 3000-meter steeplechase and seventh in the 10000-meter run, posting a 10:07.20 and 36:23.18. Simmons finished eighth in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the triple jump, running a 13.96 in the 100 and leaping 13.68 meter in the triple. Minasi finished second in both the long jump and high jump, giving the sophomore the only All-American mention for the Generals over the three-day meet, making it to the second team. Minasi tallied 6.87 meters in the long jump and 1.98 meters in the high jump.
As for the women, their top finishes came in the 3000-meter steeplechase, 10000-meter run and high jump. Victoria Campanian (Glenfield, NY) placed third in the 3000 (11:45.00), Shiena Kimura (Tokyo, Japan) placed sixth in the 10000-meter run and Therrien finished ninth in the high jump (1.39m).
In the decathlon, Ciacci amassed 3830 points. Helping the sophomore to those totals was a fifth place finish in the pole vault (2.73m) and two sixth place finishes in the long jump (5.69m) and shot put (8.49m).
In the heptathlon, Therrien finished with 2492 points. Her best finishes came in the high jump, shot put and javelin throw. 1.36 meters and 7.70 meters gave her second in the high jump and shot put, while 19.95 meters gave her fourth place in the javelin.
Men 8th Overall (44 Points)
3000-meter Steeplechase (3rd 10:07.20, 10th 11:24.80) Morrett, Clayton
10000-meter Run (7th 36:23.81, 9th 36:59.92) Morrett, Clayton
5000-meter Run (12th 17:12.58) Clayton
100-meter Dash (8th 13.96) Simmons
Triple Jump (4th 13.68m, 6th 13.35m) Simmons, Minasi
Long Jump (2nd 6.87m, 4th 6.73m, 15th 5.71m) Minasi, D. Williams, Simmons
Discus Throw (8th 37.28m) Whitted
High Jump (2nd 1.98m, 12th 1.78m) Minasi, D. Williams
Javelin Throw (15th 32.10m) Dones
Shot Put (10th 12.41m) Dones
Decathlon 9th Overall (3830 Points)
100-meter Dash (8th 12.52)
Long Jump (6th 5.69m)
Shot Put (6th 8.49m)
High Jump (7th 1.60m)
400-meter Dash (8th 59.07)
110-meter Hurdles (9th 22.25)
Discus Throw (8th 20.74m)
Pole Vault (5th 2.73m)
Javelin Throw (9th 25.99m)
1500-meter Run (7th 5:22.30)
Women 11th Overall (18 Points)
4x800-meter Relay (10th 11:47.41) Shimoda, Kimura, Yamamoto, Campanian
3000-meter Steeplechase (3rd 11:45.00) Campanian
10000-meter Run (6th 49:14.98) Kimura
5000-meter Run (3rd 19:06.79; 12th 21:19.94) Campanian, Shimoda
Javelin Throw (10th 25.28m) Grogan
High Jump (9th 1.39m) Therrien
Heptathlon 6th Overall (2492 Points)
100-meter Hurdles (6th 18.90)
High Jump (3rd 1.36m)
Shot Put (3rd 7.70m)
200-meter Dash (7th 32.04)
Long Jump (6th 4.17m)
Javelin Throw (4th 19.95m)
800-meter Run (10th 3:12.46)