Saturday, February 21, 2009

University of Albany Men Win Fourth Straight America East Indoor Track & Field Crown; Women Finish Second - UAlbany Sports

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Boston, Mass. – University at Albany’s Jean Juste won the 55-meter hurdles for the third year in a row, as his team captured its fourth consecutive America East Conference men’s indoor track & field championship on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center. The Great Danes were second for the third time in the last four years in the women’s championship.

Juste, a defensive back on the UAlbany football team, sprinted 7.47 seconds to win the 55-hurdles title. The Great Danes, who had seven individual champions and won two took relays, were first in the team standings by 73 points over second-place Binghamton. UAlbany scored 211 total points, breaking Northeastern’s previous standard of 202 set in 1991.

Nasim Siddeeq was first in the triple jump with an NCAA-provisional mark and an America East meet record leap of 51-feet, 4.25-inches. Siddeeq, who became sixth UAlbany athlete in as many years to win the event, was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet. Michael McCadney also went over 50 feet (50-10.75) to place second. Tyler Fogarty set a school record in winning the 1,000-meter run in 2:24.86, while John Moore was second.

Alie Beauvais reached the finish line first in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:03.40 and helped the victorious 4x400m relay establish a conference record. A transfer from Lincoln (Mo.) University, Beauvais teamed with Andrew Overbaugh, Joe Greene and Jeffery Barnes to run the relay in 3:11.77, breaking a mark that had stood since 2003. In addition, Greene was second at 400-meters with an NCAA-provisional and school record time of 47.15.

Aaron Lozier ran to victory in the 800-meter run and was clocked in 1:52.69. Lozier also competed on the 4x800m relay that placed second in a school-record time of 7:37.57 and was fourth in the mile run. Luke Schoen (pole vault), Wilfredo de Jesus Elias (weight throw) and the distance medley relay picked up wins on Friday’s opening day of competition.

In the women’s meet, Kamilah McShine was a winner in the 55-meter hurdles for the fourth consecutive year. McShine, who won the pentathlon on Friday, hit the tape in a meet-record 7.93 seconds. She was also a member of the winning 4x400m relay, along with Jenn Gurrant, Zuliana Fontanez and Fey Adaramola. The relay was timed in 3:48.48, just two-hundredths of a second off the existing meet record. McShine, who scored 22 points in the championship, was chosen the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet.

Adaramola set a school standard in winning the 200m dash in 24.30 seconds. The Central Florida transfer added a fourth-place finish in the 55-dash. The Great Danes, who had five individual winners, scored 141.50 and were 17 points behind champion Boston University.

Gurrant, who was third in the long jump competition the previous day, took the triple jump with a leap of 41-0.25. Ritshell Verdier won her second conference indoor shot put crown with a toss of 44-9.75. Melissa Lee was second at 500-meters in 1:15.05.

“The men take great pride in winning this championship,” said UAlbany coach Roberto Vives, a member of the America East Coaching Staff of the Year for the fourth time in his career. “We just keep getting better and better, and there were many outstanding performances. The women pushed Boston U. as far as they could. We are a young team.”


2009 America East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship


1. UAlbany 211, 2. Binghamton 138, 3. New Hampshire 133, 4. UMBC 123, 5. Boston U. 57, 6. Maine 42.50, 7. Vermont 38, 8. Stony Brook 34, 9. Hartford 3.5.


55 – Aaron Campbell (Vermont), 6.46, 200 – Cazal Arnett (Binghamton), 21.41, 400 – Cazal Arnett (Binghamton), 46.96, 500 – Alie Beauvais (UAlbany), 1:30.40, 800 – Aaron Lozier (UAlbany), 1:52.69, 1,000 – Tyler Fogarty (UAlbany), 2:24.86; Mile – David Proctor (Boston U.), 4:02.47, 3,000 – Riley Masters (Maine), 8:17.46, 5,000 – Chris Gaube (Binghamton), 14:45.27, 55-Hurdles – Jean Juste (UAlbany), 7.47, 4x400 Relay – UAlbany (Andrew Overbaugh), Alie Beauvais, Jeffery Barnes, Joe Greene), 3:11.77 (championship record), 4x800 Relay – Boston U. (Kenneth Haltom, Balint Horvath, Jeff Moreau, David Proctor), 7:34.90 (championship record), Distance Medley Relay – UAlbany (Aaron Lozier, Joe Greene, Tyler Fogarty, Ricardo Estremera), 9:42.99 (championship record), High Jump – Victor Gilreath (UMBC), 6-9, Pole Vault – Luke Schoen (UAlbany), 17-0.75, Long Jump – Spencer Shaw (New Hampshire), 24-0.25, Triple Jump – Nasim Siddeeq (UAlbany), 51-4.25 (championship record), Shot Put – Brice Paey (New Hampshire), 56-2.50 (championship record), Weight Throw – Wilfredo de Jesus Elias (UAlbany), 62-6, Heptathlon – Dominic Devaud (UMBC), 4,884 points.


1. Boston U. 158.5, 2. UAlbany 141.5, 3. New Hampshire 120, 4. Vermont 92, 5. Maine 73, 6. Binghamton 61, 7. UMBC 57, 8. Stony Brook 54, Hartford 21.


55 – Shelby Walton (Boston U.), 7.10, 200 – Fey Adaramola (UAlbany), 24.30, 400 – Vicki Tolton (Maine), 54.31 (championship record), 500 – Rebecca Marshburn (Boston U.), 1:15.62, 800 – Katie Weider (Boston U.), 2:12.16, 1,000 – Lucy Van Dalen (Stony Brook), 2:48.02 (championship record), Mile – Lucy Van Dalen (Stony Brook), 4:45.87, 3,000 – Andrea Walkonen (Boston U.), 9:25.69 (championship record), 5,000 – Andrea Walkonen (Boston U.), 16:04.49 (championship record), 55-Hurdles – Kamilah McShine (UAlbany), 7.93 (championship record), 4x400 Relay – UAlbany (Kamilah McShine, Zuliana Fontanez, Jennifer Gurrant, Fey Adaramola), 3:48.48, 4x800 Relay – Maine (Corey Conner, Stephanie Jette, Jennifer Lucy, Vanessa Letourneau), 9:18.99, Distance Medley Relay – New Hampshire (Kelly Maguire, Catherine Perella, Allison Letourneau, Sydney Fitzpatrick), 11:55.53, High Jump – Karly Neveu (Boston U.), 5-4.25, Pole Vault – Rita Ciambra (New Hampshire), 12-5.50 (championship record), Long Jump – Edwina Clarke (Boston U.), 18-11.75, Triple Jump – Jennifer Gurrant (UAlbany), 41-0.25, Shot Put – Ritshell Verdier (UAlbany), 44-9.75, Weight Throw – Ashlee Lathrop (New Hampshire), 57-3, Pentathlon – Kamilah McShine (UAlbany), 3,418 points.

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