Wednesday, April 23, 2008

University of Albany Track's Schoen and Gerasimova Honored by America East Conference

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Cambridge, Mass. – University at Albany’s Luke Schoen and Arina Gerasimova have been named America East Conference men’s and women’s outdoor field performers of the week, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.

Schoen, a sophomore from Bohemia, N.Y., has been chosen as the men’s field performer of the week. Schoen won the pole vault with an IC4A-qualifying and season-best height of 16-feet, 4.75-inches to lead the Great Danes to a first-place finish at the 13-team New York Relays on Sunday, April 20 at Icahn Stadium in New York City. The height also marked the fourth-best leap in the program’s history.

Gerasimova, a senior from Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine, has been selected as the women’s field performer of the week. Gerasimova won the triple jump with a school-record setting and ECAC and NCAA East Regional-qualifying leap of 41-feet, 10.75-inches to lead UAlbany to a first-place finish at the 11-team New York Relays. The leap surpassed the previous school standard of 41-feet, 2.25-inches set by Sarah Charles at the 2007 UAlbany Classic. Gerasimova also finished second in the long jump with a distance of 17-feet, 6-inches en route to being named the meet’s most outstanding female performer.

The Great Danes are in competition at a pair of meets this weekend, at the 114th Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. on April 24-26 and the Union Invitational in Schenectady, N.Y. on April 26.

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