Sunday, May 17, 2009

Jenn Gurrant's Triple Jump Win Helps University of Albany to Best-Ever Finish At ECAC Track Meet - UAlbany Sports 2009

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Princeton, N.J. – University at Albany’s Jenn Gurrant won the triple jump and Kamilah McShine posted a pair of second-place performances in leading the women’s track & field team at the ECAC championship on Sunday, May 17 at Princeton University’s Weaver Stadium. The Great Danes placed fifth among 58 scoring teams with 39 points to register the program’s best-ever finish.

Gurrant, who also won the triple jump at the ECAC indoor meet, became the school's first ECAC outdoor champion in an individual event by leaping 41-feet, 9.25-inches on her last attempt. The mark was almost a foot better than the second-place finisher.

“It was cold and windy, but I knew I could do it,” Gurrant explained. “I felt no pressure (on my last attempt) and just wanted to end on a good note. It’s crazy (to finish fifth as a team). I have never looked at ECACs as a team competition, but that’s because we have never been up there. This is surprising and the team is happy.”

UAlbany had never placed in the top 20 at the ECAC women’s championship, but McShine helped her team break through with a pair of second-place showings. McShine shattered the program standard in the 400-hurdles, her first year running the event, with a time of 59.13 seconds. The previous record of 59.57 was set by Xiomara Davila Diaz in 1997. McShine also finished second in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in a personal-best time of 13.67.

Fey Adaramola posted a pair of top-four finishes in the sprinting events. She was second in the 100-meter dash with a mark of 12.00 seconds, and followed that up with a fourth-place performance in the 200m-dash by crossing the line in 24.06.

“This is a meet where quality counts, and we really have some quality student-athletes on our women’s team,” said UAlbany coach Roberto Vives, whose squad will compete at the NCAA East Regional in two weeks. “Seeing Jenn (Gurrant) win the triple jump both indoors and outdoors was huge, and Kamilah (McShine) is just a big-time athlete. It was really emotional to see her run a personal best in the 100 hurdles and break the school record in the 400 hurdles. I am glad that Fey (Adaramola) is going to be coming back. Next year, she could be the top sprinter.”


Women’s Final Team Standings


1) University of Connecticut 88
2) University of Virginia 58
3) West Virginia University 47.25
4) Duke University 41.25
5) University at Albany 39
6) Seton Hall University 36
7) University of Maryland CP 34
8) Villanova University 30
8) College of William & Mary 30
10) University of Pittsburgh 28
10) Cornell University 28
12) University of Rhode Islan 27
13) Harvard University 24
14) Syracuse University 21
15) Princeton University 20
16) Brown University 19
17) George Mason University 18
18) Georgetown University 17
18) Dartmouth College 17
18) Rutgers University 17
21) Liberty University 16
22) Boston College 15
23) Morgan State University 13
24) Yale University 12
24) University of New Hampshir 12

Women’s Results

100-Meter Dash: 2. Fey Adaramola 12.00. 200-Meter Dash: 4. Fey Adaramola 24.06. 100-Meter High Hurdles: 2. Kamilah McShine 13.67 (NCAA Regional). 400-Meter Intermediate Hurdles: 2. Kamilah McShine 59.13 (NCAA Regional, School Record). Triple Jump: 1. Jenn Gurrant 41-9.25 (NCAA Regional), 19. Sandy Antenor 38-3.50. Javelin Throw: 26. Ashley Lewis 115-9. Shot Put: 18. Ritshell Verdier 41-0.50.

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