UTICA, NY -- The Finger Lakes Track and Field teams competed at the NJCAA Division 3 Outdoor Track and Field National Championships this past weekend hosted by Mohawk Valley Community College. The Lakers had an impressive performance, which included setting multiple school records.
Leading the way for Finger Lakes was Sean Pebbles. Pebbles broke his own school record in the Javelin. His mark of 53.40 meters earned him national runner-up and All-American status. Also breaking a school record was Jade Harris. She finished third in the shot put with a throw of 11.17 meters. Rebecca Manwaring also finished third in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 12:24.30. Andre Farrell earned the title of fastest man in Finger Lakes history. He set the school record in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.07 seconds. Farrell finished ninth in the race.
Many other Lakers set season best performances and earned Top 10 finishes nationally. Manwaring finished fourth in the 10,000 meter run. Michaela Olafson was fifth in the high jump. Charles Collins and Tony Soto finished seventh in the 10,000 meter run and javelin, respectively. Jade Harris finished eighth in the discus. Rounding out the Top 10 finishes was Cassidie Smith in the javelin and Rebecca Manwaring in the 5,000 meter run. Jessica Rennie also set personal bests in the 100 and 400 meter hurdle events.
Overall, both Laker teams finished 13th in the NJCAA. This concluded a very suceesful season in Lakers Track and Field. This season saw many personal bests for the team members and many school records getting broken. With numerous freshmen on the roster, the future is looking bright for Finger Lakes Track and Field.