Brandmeyer Qualifies for DIII New Englands During Outdoor Track & Field’s Busy Day at UAlbany

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ALBANY, N.Y. – In its last regular season meet of the year, the Southern Vermont College outdoor track & field team continued moving in the right direction as the Mountaineers made numerous improvements to their marks from earlier in the season at the University at Albany's Saturday Spring Classic.

SVC chalked up two school records and nine other personal bests while senior Marc Brandmeyer (Bennington, Vt.) qualified for the Division III New England Championships in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Southern Vermont now has the week to prepare for the first-ever New England Collegiate Conference/Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships set to take place at Regis College on Sunday, April 29.

Mountaineer freshman Emily Ikonen (Hubbardston, Mass.) broke her own Southern Vermont record in the 200 meter dash by .95 seconds as she crossed the line with a time of 29.85 ticks.

SVC's men's 4x400 meter relay team topped its record mark set last year with a 3:41.09—coming through 1.2 seconds faster than the 2017 group did.  

Brandmeyer completed the steeplechase with a time of 9:59.34 as the Southern Vermont senior qualified for the regional meet for the third-straight year. That championship race is set for Saturday, May 4 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Women's Shot Put
Faith Sullivan: 22nd – 8.63m

Women's Discus
Faith Sullivan: 28th – 17.05m

Women's 200 Meter Dash
Emily Ikonen: 32nd – 29.85 (SR)

Women's 400 Meter Dash
Emily Ikonen: 22nd – 1:12.26
Lexia Gillette: 25th – 1:20.81 (PR*)

Women's 800 Meter Run
Lexia Gillette: 29th – 3:21.89

Men's 100 Meter Dash
Isaiah Backels: 21st – 11.70 (PR)
Dylan Knight: 29th – 11.95 (PR)

Men's 200 Meter Dash
Isaiah Backels: 20th – 23.93
Ray Awusi: 45th – 28.27 (PR)
Esteban De La Cruz: 46th – 29.03 (PR)
Carlos Rivera: 48th – 30.63 (PR*)
Matthew Hatch: 49th – 31.29

Men's 400 Meter Dash
Jesse Kelley: 21st – 1:01.01

Men's 800 Meter Run
Davanté Smith: 14th – 2:03.55 (PR)
C.G. Holden: 36th – 2:35.21

Men's 1500 Meter Run
Davanté Smith: 24th – 4:45.47 (PR)
C.G. Holden: 27th – 4:50.95 (PR)

Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase
Marc Brandmeyer: 4th – 9:59.34 (Q)

Men's 4x400 Meter Relay
I. Backels, D. Smith, D. Knight, M. Brandmeyer: 9th – 3:41.09 (SR)

PR = Personal Record, SR = SVC Record, PR* = First-time Participation for Individual, SR* = First-time Participation for SVC, Q = Qualifying Mark for DIII New England Championship