Friday, April 3, 2009

Three University of Albany Great Danes Eclipse NCAA Regional Standard in Intermediate Hurdles at Florida Relays - UAlbany Sports

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Gainesville, Fla. – Alie Beauvais, Joe Greene and Kamilah McShine all qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championship in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles to lead the UAlbany men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams at the Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday, April 3. The men’s 4x200-meter relay team broke the school record by over one second, while the women’s squad ran the program’s second-fastest time in the same event.

McShine became the first member of the women’s team to qualify for the regional championship in any track or field event with an eighth-place mark of 1:00.27 in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. She set a personal record by over four seconds, and was just 0.7 seconds shy of the school record set by Xiomara Davila Diaz in 1997. The senior co-captain who was named the America East Conference Field Athlete of the Year this past winter indoors also met the ECAC standard in the 100-meter high hurdles, clocking in a personal-best time of 13.96 seconds.

Greene met the regional qualifying mark in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles for the second time this spring in as many chances, while Beauvais eclipsed the standard for the first time of his career. Greene, an All-American in the event, placed third in 50.25, while Beauvais was eighth in 52.14. Four of the top six finishers in one of the most competitive races of the day represented Southeastern Conference schools.

Greene and Beauvais later teamed up with Jeffery Barnes (Albany) and Mike McCadney on the 4x200-meter relay which set a new school record for finishing ninth in 1:25.43, beating last year’s mark of 1:26.47 recorded at the Penn Relays. The women’s 4x200-meter relay squad consisting of Christen Griffin, Nyree Richardson, Tierra Chavis and Fey Adaramola crossed the tape in 1:40.79, which barely fell short of the school standard of 1:40.67 that was also set at the 2008 Penn Relays. In addition, Adaramola’s split time of 23.6 on the anchor leg was the fastest ever recorded by a Great Dane in the event.

UAlbany had four other men meet an IC4A standard at the non-scoring meet. In the long jump, Felipe Reyes (Christian Brothers Academy), the school’s record holder in the event, placed second with a mark of 23-feet, 9-inches. Valete Graham was fourth for leaping 23-4.50. Tyler Fogarty (Shenendehowa) placed fifth in the 800-meter run, crossing the tape in 1:51.09, while Jean Juste finished the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.46.

Select members of the UAlbany men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will finish competing at the Pepsi Florida Relays on Saturday, April 4 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

PAW PRINTS: A total of five Great Danes have qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championship after today’s events at the Florida Relays ... Alie Beauvais, Joe Greene and Kamilah McShine have eclipsed the standard in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, while Ricardo Estremera and Luke Schoen have met qualifying marks in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and pole vault, respectively ... The 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship will be he hosted by North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. from May 29-30.

UAlbany Men’s Results

110-Meter High Hurdles: 26. Jean Juste 14.46 (IC4A). 400-Meter Intermediate Hurdles: 3. Joe Greene 50.25 (NCAA Regional), 8. Alie Beauvais 52.14 (NCAA Regional), 31. Peter Rowell 55.08. 800-Meter Run: 5. Tyler Fogarty 1:51.09 (IC4A), 15. Joe Belokopitsky 1:53.02, 19. Nick Santos 1:53.44. 1,500-Meter Run: 22. Aaron Lozier 4:02.04, 28. Paul Lagno 4:06.64. Long Jump: 2. Felipe Reyes 23-9 (IC4A), 4. Valete Graham 23-4.50 (IC4A). 4x200-meter relay: 9. Alie Beauvais, Jeffery Barnes, Mike McCadney and Joe Greene 1:25.43 (School Record); 16. Jean Juste, Lynval Clarke, Garrett Askew and Mohamed Kanu 1:30.75.

UAlbany Women’s Results

100-Meter High Hurdles: 17. Kamilah McShine 13.96 (ECAC). 400-Meter Intermediate Hurdles: 8. Kamilah McShine 1:00.27 (NCAA Regional). 800-Meter Run: 36. Melissa Lee 2:18.00. 4x200-meter relay: 21. Christen Griffin, Nyree Richardson, Tierra Chavis and Fey Adaramola 1:40.79.

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