Sunday, May 17, 2009

Joe Greene's 400-Hurdles Win Leads University of Albany to 133rd IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championship - UAlbany Sports 2009

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Princeton, N.J. – University at Albany’s Joe Greene won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles for the third time in four years in leading the men’s track & field team to its first-ever IC4A outdoor championship on Sunday, May 17 at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium. The Great Danes placed first among 52 scoring teams with 68 points to become the first school to sweep the IC4A indoor and outdoor team titles in the same year since Rutgers University in 2005.

Greene broke his own school record in the 400-meter hurdles by navigating the track in 49.72 seconds, while teammate Alie Beauvais was second in 49.99. Greene also anchored the 4x400-meter relay to a second-place finish.

“The wind hit us on the second curve,” Greene said. “Alie (Beauvais) and I were tied on the stagger and I caught him at the end of the last turn. I just wanted to maintain my form over the last two hurdles. It is a good feeling to go out on top as a senior, winning both the (IC4A) indoor and outdoor titles. I just want to finish it off with a trip to nationals.”

The Great Danes, who had never finished higher than fourth in this meet, beat out Liberty, the two-time defending IC4A champion. With two relays left, UAlbany was in fourth and trailing first-place Liberty by six points. The Great Danes’ 4x800-meter relay team consisting of Nick Santos, John Moore, Tyler Fogarty and Joe Belokopitsky clinched the title by posting a school-record time of 7:24.97 in hitting the tape first. Andrew Overbaugh, Jeffery Barnes, Beauvais and Greene closed out the competition with a second-place performance of 3:09.65 in the 4x400 relay.

Triple jumper Mike McCadney also helped the men win its first IC4A outdoor crown. McCadney broke his own school standard with a mark of 51-feet, 3-inches in finishing second. Jean Juste, a defensive back on the school’s football team, was third in the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.18 seconds, while Moore ended up sixth in the 1,500-meter run (3:52.88).

“Winning (America East) Conference championships has become routine, so I made winning the IC4As our next goal and the kids bought into it,” said UAlbany coach Roberto Vives, whose squad will compete at the NCAA East Regional in two weeks. “Six years ago we were good and won the conference championship, but the guys would shut down after that. Now, they know that there’s more that they can do. For us to do this and the way we did it by coming from behind was unbelievable. They want to be in the top five at the regional.”


Men’s Final Team Standings

1) University at Albany 68
2) Liberty University 56
3) Rutgers University 55
4) Manhattan College 51
5) Cornell University 36
6) Georgetown University 35
7) Hampton University 31
8) Syracuse University 30
8) College of William & Mary 30
10) Duke University 27
11) North Carolina - Wilmingto 26
11) Long Island University 26
13) University of Connecticut 24
14) Seton Hall University 22
15) Delaware State University 20
16) University of Virginia 19
17) Monmouth University 17
17) Princeton University 17
19) Brown University 16
19) Morgan State University 16
21) Lehigh University 14
21) Iona College 14
23) Harvard University 12
23) Coppin State University 12
23) Northeastern University 12
23) Dartmouth College 12

110-Meter High Hurdles: 3. Jean Juste 14.18 (NCAA Regional). 400-Meter Intermediate Hurdles: 1. Joe Greene 49.72 (NCAA Regional, School Record), 2. Alie Beauvais 49.99 (NCAA Regional). 1,500-Meter Run: 6. John Moore 3:52.28. Triple Jump: 2. Mike McCadney 51-3 (NCAA Regional, School Record), 10. Valete Graham 48-3.50, 12. Nasim Siddeeq 47-11. 4x100-Meter Relay: 4. Jean Juste, Joe Greene, Alie Beauvais, Jeffery Barnes 41.12. 4x400-Meter Relay: 2. Andrew Overbaugh, Jeffery Barnes, Alie Beauvais, Joe Greene. 4x800-Meter Relay: 1. Nick Santos, John Moore, Tyler Fogarty, Joe Belokopitsky 7:24.97 (School Record).

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