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Opalka, Tavolaro compete for Sage

HOUGHTON — The Sage Colleges’ men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams opened action on Friday evening at the 2019 Empire 8 Track and Field Championships on Friday on the campus of Houghton College. The two-day event will wrap with the crowning of the league’s men’s and women’s team champions as well as individual champions in 18 events on Friday and another 28 events.

Sage’s teams are directed by rookie head coach David Taranto and assistant coach Spencer Patterson. New to the programs this spring, this pair has helped the Gator men’s and women’s team break school records in 11 different events, while some events have had their school marks broken multiple times already.

The trend continued for the Gator women on Friday as the Gators broke the school record in the 4 x 800 relay as they finished in sixth place in 10:55.41 behind the work of sophomore Sevi Travis (Shaker), rookie Kristin McAlonen (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), senior co-captain Sagan Leggett (Ichabod Crane), and senior co-captain Victoria Opalka (Broadalbin-Perth). The Gator foursome shattered the school record of 11:29.47 from the 2018 Empire 8 Championship.

Junior Joanna Tavolaro (Broadalbin-Perth) picked up eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.16 in the trials and qualified for today’s finals. She also was 16th in the long jump with her mark of 4.26 meters.

Action wraps today in the championships for the Gators, with hopes of possibly qualifying for the NCAA’s, a Sage first for the two programs.

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