Friday, February 22, 2008

UAlbany Men First, Women Third After First Day of America East Indoor Track and Field Championships

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Boston, Mass. – UAlbany’s Kyle Nadler won the long jump to lead the Great Danes men’s team into first place with 54 points through five events of the America East indoor track and field Championships at the Boston U. Track and Tennis Center in Boston, Mass on Friday, Feb. 22. The UAlbany women are in third place through six completed events with 31.5 points. The Great Danes men’s team holds a two point lead over Binghamton, while New Hampshire is in third with 43 points. On the women’s side, New Hampshire leads the competition with 62 points and two-time defending champion Boston U. is in second place with 57.5 points.
Four Great Danes finished in the top-six of the long jump. Kyle Nadler won the event with a season-best leap of 23-feet, 6-inches. Junior Freddie Wills (22-7.75) placed third, Michael McCadney (22-7.25) finished fifth and Valete Graham (22-6.50) came in sixth. In the finals of the 5,000-meter run, junior Brian Yurkewecz finished fourth in 14:57.37. Freshman Michael Dempsey (15-9) and senior David Parker (15-3) finished second and third, respectively, in the pole vault to earn 14 points for the Great Danes. Freshman Wilfredo de Jesus Elias (58-4.75) placed second in the weight throw, while junior Will Anger finished fourth with a toss of 52-1.25.

UAlbany had five hurdlers advance to the field of nine finalists of the 55-meter hurdles. Junior Jean Juste turned in the top time in the preliminaries with a time of 7.50 seconds, while freshman Daniel Avery had the third-best time in 7.55 seconds. Junior Nick Assini (7.81), sophomore Garrett Askew (7.88) and junior Anthony Assent (7.90) also registered qualifying times. The Great Danes had a pair of sprinters qualify for the finals in the 55-meter dash. Senior Dieuseul Joseph finished first in his heat in 6.51 seconds and senior Raphael Jean-Baptiste placed second in his heat in 6.61 seconds. Junior Pat Weider (21.90), the defending champion, and sophomore Jeffery Barnes (21.93) each won their heats in a season-best time to qualify for the 200-meter finals. Junior Andrew Overbaugh ran the 400-meter dash in 49.69 seconds to qualify for the finals. In the heptathlon, senior David Parker leads the competition through four events with 2,895 points, while Wills (2,866) is second and freshman Kevin O’Riley (2,524) is fourth.

The women’s distance medley relay team of Kristine Mun, Laura Bolognino, Zuliana Fontanez and Laura Cummings placed fourth in 12:11.76. In the pole vault, sophomore Krystal Myers tied for fifth in clearing a season-best height of 10-feet, 4-inches. Junior Jenn Gurrant placed third in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 1-inch, while freshman Tiffany Sprenkels finished seventh with a jump of 17-feet, 6.75-inches. A trio of Great Danes scored in the weight throw. Freshman Kadine Johnson placed fourth with a toss of 50-feet, junior Ritshell Verdier (48-2) placed sixth and sophomore Sineaid Corley (48-0) came in seventh.

In the women’s 400-meter dash, junior Melissa Lee and freshmen Laura Bolognino and Corrine Porter-Stepney advanced to Saturday’s finals. In the 55-meter hurdles, Kamilah McShine, Christen Griffin and Valerie Maignan advanced to the finals. McShine, the winner in the event last year, registered the fastest time in the preliminary heats. Fontanez had the top time in the 500-meter dash (1:16.18) and freshman Octavia Clarkson (1:18.14) placed third in her heat to qualify for the finals.

Day two of the Championships begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon.


Men’s Team Results (through five events)

1. UAlbany 56, 2. Binghamton 54, 3. New Hampshire 43, 4. Stony Brook 18, 5. UMBC 8, 6. Vermont 6, T7. Hartford 4, T7. Boston U. 4, 9. Maine 2.

Individual Men’s Results:

5,000 Meter Run: 1. Jordan Horwitz (New Hampshire) 14:42.09, 2. Wesley Dinnan (New Hampshire) 14:46.24, 3. Chris Gaube (Binghamton) 14:47.70. Distance Medley Relay: 1. Stony Brook 10:00.54, 2. UMBC 10:05. 38, 3. Binghamton 10:12.06. Weight Throw: 1. Justin Halleck (Binghamton) 58-8.50, 2. Wilfredo de Jesus Elias (UAlbany) 58-4.75, 3. Justin Miller (Stony Brook) 52-7.25. Pole Vault: 1. Rory Quiller (Binghamton) 17-2.75, 2. Michael Dempsey (UAlbany) 15-9, 3. David Parker (UAlbany) 15-3. Long Jump: 1. Kyle Nadler (UAlbany) 23-6, 2. Kevin Ralston (Binghamton) 23-2.50, 3. Spencer Shaw (New Hampshire) 22-8.

Women’s Team Results (through six events)

1. New Hampshire 62, 2. Boston U. 57.5, 3. UAlbany 31.5, 4. Binghamton 29, 5. Stony Brook 24, 6. UMBC 22, 7. Vermont 4, T8. Maine 2, T8. Hartford 2.

Individual Women’s Results:

5,000 Meter Run: 1. Andrea Walkonen (Boston U.) 16:39.77, 2. Dana Hastie (Stony Brook) 16:43.23, 3. Alex Hyland (UMBC) 16:59.38. Pentathlon: 1. Amy Roccio (New Hampshire) 3293, 2. Marsha Fiesinger (Binghamton) 3195, 3. Megan LaBella (Boston U.) 3178. Distance Medley Relay: 1. Stony Brook 11:52.26, 2. Boston U. 11:54.59, 3. New Hampshire 11:56.57. Weight Throw: 1. Ashley Fauntleroy (UMBC) 55-2.25, 2. Ashlee Lathrop (New Hampshire) 52-1.25, 3. Toni Boyd (UMBC) 51-7. Pole Vault: 1. Rita Ciambra (New Hampshire) 11-9.75, 2. Carly Gross (Binghamton) 11-3.75, 3. Mimi Maritz (Boston U.) 11-3.75. Long Jump: 1.Whitney Ford (Boston U.) 19-7, 2. Alexis Beaudet (Boston U.) 18-4.25, 3. Jenn Gurrant (UAlbany) 18-1.

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