Boston, Mass. - University at Albany's Fey Adaramola was named the track performer of the meet in leading her team to its first-ever America East Conference indoor track and field championship on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center.
UAlbany claimed the America East indoor women's championship in a competition that came down to the triple jump, the last event of the day. After Boston University tighten the team scoring with victories in the 4x400- and 4x-800-meter relays, the Great Danes picked up 13 points in the triple jump, paced by Sandy Antenor's third-place finish. UAlbany captured first with 168.5 points. The Terriers, who had won four indoor championships in a row, were second with 162.
Alie Beauvais set a meet and school record in winning the 500-meter dash and was a member of the winning distance medley relay as the Great Danes won their fifth consecutive America East men's indoor track and field championship. UAlbany eclipsed the conference record for consecutive men's indoor titles, breaking a mark that was first set by Northeastern, from 1989-92.
"We have a great coaching staff and a great group of young people," explained Roberto Vives, who teams became the first since Northeastern in 2005 to win the men's and women's championships in the same year. "They bought into the vision since September. They trained hard and continued to believe they could do it. We knew that it was going to be tough. It was going to come down to the wire (the women's championship), but our kids rose to the occasion."
The Great Danes were propelled to the women's team title by senior Fey Adaramola, a double-winner in the 55- and 200-meter dashes. Adaramola broke her own school record in winning the 200m championship for the second straight year by sprinting 24.18 seconds. She also hit the tape in 7.10 seconds to win the 55-dash.
"I was so nervous, but I looked at my teammates and saw that they looked extremely hungry (for this championship)," said Adaramola, whose anchored a 4x400 relay that was edged out at the finish line for first place. "When I saw everyone hungry, it made me hungry to perform at my best. My teammates also gave me energy. Everybody's support from the stands and all of our cheers created energy that was empowering."
Laura Cummings was a key figure in the Great Danes' team total by accounting for 16 points in three individual competitions. The senior middle-distance runner recorded third-place showings in the 1,000m (2:57.03) and 5,000m (17:00.92). She also took fifth in the mile run with a time of 4:58.62. Celine Cauderlier was the third women's champion as won Friday's pole vault (11-6.50).
In the men's meet, UAlbany had seven individual champions and one relay winner in accumulating 205 points. Binghamton was second in the team standings with 138. Beauvais' time of 102.32 broke a conference meet standard that had stood since for 19 years. The senior also shattered Howard Sellers' school record that was established in 1993.
John Moore was victorious in the 1,000-meter run after helping the distance medley to a first-place finish on the first day. Moore, who is the school record holder in the 1,000, posted a winning time of 2:26.42. In addition, Moore was third in the 800-meteres (4:06.56). Nasim Siddeeq took home his second consecutive triple jump crown. Siddeeq, who also placed second in the long jump, went 50-feet, 2-inches on his second attempt in the competition.
"I believed this team could do amazing things," stated Beauvais, who also competed on the second-place 4x400-meter relay. "We could win fifteen in a row and I still wouldn't be shocked because this is such a great team and a great program. There is a great team atmosphere and team vibe with this group."
Freddie Wills was first in the high jump, as he cleared the bar a 6-feet, 6-inches. Other winners were Luke Schoen (pole vault), Valete Graham (long jump) and Wilfredo de Jesus Elias (weight throw).
Paw Prints: UAlbany head coach Roberto Vives and his group of assistants were chosen as both the America East Conference men's and women's coaching staffs of the year.
America East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships
Team - 1. Albany 205, 2. Binghamton 138, 3. UMBC 97, 4. New Hampshire 89, 5. Boston U. 88, 6. Maine 84, 7. Stony Brook 35, 8. Vermont 29, 9. Hartford 13.
Individual - 55-dash - 1. Landis Williams (Maine), 6.46; 55-hurdles - 1. Camal Pugh (UMBC), 7.59; 200 - Cazal Arnett (Binghamton), 21.54; 400 - 1. Cazal Arnett (Binghamton), 47.39; 500 - 1. Alie Beauvais (Albany), 1:02.32 (meet & school record); 800 - 1. Jeff Moreau (Boston U.), 1:51.88; 1,000 - 1. John Moore (Albany), 2:26.42; Mile - 1. Erik van Ingen (Binghamton), 4:04.92; 3,000 - 1. Riley Masters (Maine), 8:14.66; 5,000 - 1. Tim Hodge (Stony Brook), 14:29.16; High Jump - 1. Freddie Wills (Albany), 6-06.00; Long Jump - 1. Valete Graham (Albany), 23-06.00; Triple Jump - 1. Nasim Siddeeq (Albany), 50-02.00; Pole Vault - 1. Luke Schoen (Albany), 16-08.75; Shot Put - 1. Brice Paey (New Hampshire), 58-00.50 (meet record); Weight Throw - 1. Wilfredo de Jesus Elias (Albany), 62-04.50; Heptathlon - 1. Dominic Devaud (UMBC), 5,216 points; Distance Medley Relay - 1. Albany (Tyler Fogarty, Alie Beauvais, John Moore, Paul Lagno), 9:54.94; 4x400 Relay - 1. Binghamton (Christian Smith, Andy Haupt, Zach Keefer, Cazal Arnett), 3:12.16; 4x800 Relay - 1. Boston U. (Kenneth Haltom, Craig McPherson, Jeff Moreau, Balint Horvath), 7:38.68.
Team - 1. Albany 168.50, 2. Boston U. 162, 3. New Hampshire 107.50, 4. Maine 106, 5. UMBC 67, 6. Vermont 60, 7. Binghamton 53, 8. Stony Brook 34, 9. Hartford 21.
Individual - 55-dash - 1. Fey Adaramola (Albany), 7.10; 55-hurdles - 1. Nikko Brady (Boston U.), 8.04; 200 - Fey Adaramola (Albany), 24.18 (school record); 400 - 1. Jessica Hennig (Binghamton), 55.77; 500 - 1. Caitlin Wright (Binghamton), 1:13.62; 800 - 1. Allison Letourneau (New Hampshire), 2:11.87; 1,000 - 1. Sarah Mosser (Boston U.), 2:52.47; Mile - 1. Corey Conner (Maine), 4:49.67; 3,000 - 1. Holly Van Dalen (Stony Brook), 9:32.62; 5,000 - 1. Sara Parkinson (UMBC), 16:47.69; High Jump - 1. - Jesse Labreck (Maine), 5-08.00; Long Jump - 1. Nikko Brady (Boston U.), 19-00.00; Triple Jump - 1. Whitney Ford (Boston U.), 40-03.25; Pole Vault - 1. Celine Cauderlier (Albany), 11-6.50; Shot Put - 1. Amanda Deller (UMBC), 45-01.50; Weight Throw - 1. Ashlee Lathrop (New Hampshire), 58-08.00; Pentathlon - 1. Allsson Barwise (Boston U.), 3,571 points; Distance Medley Relay - 1. Stony Brook (Lisa Voltaire, Justine Noel, Mary Connor, Holy Van Dalen), 11:43.01, 4x400 Relay - 1. Boston U. (Laura Martin, Nikko Brady, Catherine Milledge, Jackie Dim), 3:48.98; 4x800 Relay - 1. Boston U. (Kathleen Davies, Madeline Steiner, Mariko Takahaski, Sarah Mosser), 9:10.92.
Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information