St. Lawrence Sweeps Duel in Newell

Courtesy: St. Lawrence Sports Information

January 31, 2009   

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The Duel in Newell turned into a draw.

St. Lawrence University’s men’s indoor track and field team took on Fredonia in a rare dual meet Saturday afternoon and the Saints swept the final two events on the track for the afternoon, the 4×200 and 4×400 relays, to forge a 76-76 tie with the Blue Devils.

With the 5-3-2-1 scoring system taking some of the Saint depth out of the picture in terms of a team victory, the Saints ended up coming from behind to take the tie. The team of Jay Thornill, Justin Spalik, Kevin Burrall and Jarell Roberts ran 1;32.39 in the 4×200 relay, winning by a comfortable eight seconds and the quartet of Chris Pugliano, Mike Fox, Terrance Fox and Mark Burnham ran 3:31.67 in the 4×400 to win by nearly 10 seconds and overcome a four-point deficit heading into the relays.

Eric Jones was a double winner for the Saints while rookies Spalik and Chris Pugliano turned in big performances in the meet.

Jones won the weight throw with a NCAA provisional distance of 17.54, surpassing the provisional standard by a full meter and also won the shot with a throw of 13.02 meters with teammate Jordan Lewis finishing second. Spalik tied with fellow freshman Kurt Veskosky in the high jump at 1.72 meters, but won the jump-off for first and added a second in the 55 hurdles and a fourth in the long jump in addition to his relay leg. Pugliano won the 400 in 52.36, leading a Saint sweep of the top three with Burrall second and Thornhill third in addition to running a strong leg on the 4×400 team.

Bradley Williams won the 200 for the Saints in 24.13 seconds for the other SLU event win.
Sean Scott was second and Roberts was third in the long jump while Stephen Moore added a third in the pole vault.

Seth Jackson was second and Brandon Kenny third in the mile, Burnham was second with Terrance Fox third and Mike Fox fourth in the 800, Jeremy Mwenda was third in the 3000 and Marcus Washington was fourth in the 55 meters for other Saint scoring finishes.

The Saints will run at the Armory Invitational in New York City in their next outing.