Tuesday, April 7, 2009

University of Albany's Luke Schoen and Kamilah McShine Awarded America East Track and Field Weekly Laurels - UAlbany Sports 2009

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Cambridge, Mass. – UAlbany’s Luke Schoen and Kamilah McShine have been selected as the America East Conference male and female outdoor track and field performers of the week, as announced on Tuesday, April 7 by the league office. Both Great Danes met an NCAA East Regional Championship qualifying standard at the Duke Asics Invitational and Pepsi Florida Relays over the weekend.

Schoen, who earned male field athlete of the week honors for the second straight time, broke his own school record in the pole vault at the Duke Asics Invitational on Saturday. His winning height was 17-feet, 6.50-inches, breaking the previous mark of 17-5 that he recorded twice last year. In addition, the junior finished ahead of 10 student-athletes representing Atlantic Coast Conference schools.

McShine, who was named female track athlete of the week, qualified for championship meets in every event she competed in at the Pepsi Florida Relays. On Friday, the team captain met the NCAA East Regional Championship qualifying standard for the first time in her career in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. She finished eighth overall in 1:00.27, setting a new personal record by over four seconds to move from tenth to second on the program’s top-10 list. The 2009 America East Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Year also met the ECAC standard in the 100-meter high hurdles, clocking in a personal-best time of 13.96. Both marks are America East bests this spring. On Saturday, she led off the 4x100-meter relay which qualified for the ECAC Championship with a time of 47.46. The mark was just over a second shy of the program standard.

UAlbany track and field athletes have received at least one of the four awards announced by the conference every week they have competed dating back to the start of the indoor season. This spring, five Great Danes have combined to win six of the 12 honors handed out through the first three weeks of competition.

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