Sunday, May 2, 2010

University of Albany Men's Track & Field Wins Conference-Record Sixth Straight America East Outdoor Championship - UAlbany Sports

Durham, N.H. - University at Albany's John Moore won his second consecutive 800-meter run in leading his team to a conference-record sixth straight America East Conference Outdoor Track & Field championship on Sunday, May 2 at the University of New Hampshire's Reggie F. Atkins Track & Field Facility. The Great Danes scored 190 points and were 51 ahead of second-place Binghamton.

UAlbany also won its second consecutive America East women's outdoor championship with 197.50 points. The Great Danes were propelled to victory late in the competition when Catie Coxon finished first in the discus throw with a toss of 147-feet, 11-inches and four UAlbany triple jumpers accumulated 18 points by placing third through sixth in their event.

"Winning four championships (indoor and outdoor) in one year has been our goal from the very beginning," said UAlbany's Roberto Vives, who is in his 25th year as head coach. "For this to become a reality is absolutely unbelievable. It was a total team effort on both sides. We have a lot of young people, and they all stepped up. I am just so happy for this team. Our kids really stepped up to the challenge."

In the men's meet, Moore cruised to victory in the 800-meters with a time of 1:49.97 and also posted a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run (3:48.66). His teammate Tyler Fogarty was first at the 1,500 finish in 3:47.65. Valete Graham jump-started his team by winning his third consecutive America East long jump championship on Saturday with a mark of 24-feet, 7.75-inches. He is just the second athlete since Northeastern's Dave Klemic (1998-2000) to win the long jump three years in a row. Graham came back to take fifth in Sunday's triple jump (47-10).

"I only had about an hour after the 1,500 to get ready for the (800) heat," Moore explained about his 800-meter performance. "It is tough to double up like that because your legs are so tired, but I am a competitor. I was third behind Nick Santos and a runner from Boston U. (Jeff Moreau). I pushed, took the lead with 300 meters to go and never looked back."

UAlbany was victorious in two relay events on the final day. The 4x100 group of Jake Rachiele, Germain Smith, Earnest Waters and Tristan Akong edged out UMBC by three one-thousandths of a second. UAlbany was timed in 41.654 to UMBC's 41.657. The Great Danes also won the 4x800 relay in 7:35.89, with Paul Lagno running the anchor leg for Ryan Florkiewicz, Nick Santos and Sean Halpin. Freddie Wills was UAlbany's fourth individual winner. Wills cleared the high jump bar at 6-feet, 9.75-inches and has won four America East outdoor events during his career.

In the women's championship, Fey Adaramola sprinted 11.86 seconds in winning the 100-meter dash for the second straight year. The senior also anchored the 4x100-meter relay to victory in a school-record time of 46.27 seconds. Christen Griffin, Quante Harris, Alli Rogers and Adaramola became the first UAlbany 4x100 to win an America East crown and broke a five-year old school standard. Adaramola was also second in the 200-meter dash (24.19) and a member of the second-place 4x400-meter relay that eclipsed another UAlbany mark by hitting the tape in 3:45.52.

"I was nervous because there was a freshman from Maine (Cearha Miller) giving me some good competition," said Adaramola about how the 100-meter race unfolded. "I got in my blocks, focused and concentrated on running my race. My start could have been better, but my top end speed came through in the last 40 meters and that carried me to victory."

Kadine Johnson, who was second on the first day in the hammer throw, added another second-place showing in the shot put with a heave of 43-05.25. Jenn Pierson, who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday, was one of three individual champions. Rebecca Kelly (400m-hurdles) and Griffen (100m-hurdles) were also second in their respective events.

Paw Prints: UAlbany became the first program in America East Conference history to win both the men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field championships in the same academic year ... the Great Dane men have finished first seven times and second twice at the outdoor meet since joining the conference in 2002 ... the UAlbany women have won four of the last five conference outdoor championships ... Roberto Vives and assistants were named America East Conference Men's Coaching Staff of the Year.

America East Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Team - 1. Albany 190, 2. Binghamton 139, 3. New Hampshire 127, 4. UMBC 120.50, 5. Maine 92.50, 6. Boston U. 89, 7. Vermont 44, 8. Stony Brook 32, 9. Hartford 22.

Individual - 100-dash - 1. Jhamel Fluellen (Maine), 10.95; 110-hurdles - 1. Camal Pugh (UMBC), 14.70; 200 - 1. Cazal Arnett (Binghamton), 21.41; 400 - 1. Cazal Arnett (Binghamton), 46.62; 400-hurdles - 1. Casey Gilbert (Binghamton), 52.80; 800 - 1. John Moore (Albany), 1:49.97; 1,500 - 1. Tyler Fogarty (Albany), 3:47.65; 3,000-steeplechase - 1. Doug Maisey (Vermont), 9:00.78; 5,000 - 1. Robert Gibson (Boston U.), 14:48.55; 10,000 - 1. Jeff Martinez (Binghamton), 31:04.19; High Jump - 1. Freddie Wills (Albany), 6-9.75; Long Jump - 1. Valete Graham (Albany), 24-7.75; Triple Jump - 1. Victor Gilreath (Maine), 50-08.25 (conference record); Discus - 1. Daniel Withrow (Boston U.), 166-10; Hammer Throw - 1. Paul DeTurk (New Hampshire), 203-04; Javelin - 1. Michael Simon (New Hampshire), 199-04; Pole Vault - 1. Robb Quiller (Binghamton), 16-02.75; Shot Put - 1. Brice Paey (New Hampshire), 59-04.75; 4x100 Relay - 1. Albany (Jake Rachele, Germain Smith, Earnest Waters, Tristan Akong), 41.66; 4x400 Relay - 1. Binghamton (Casey Gilbert, Christian Smith, Zach Keefer, Cazal Arnett), 3:10.72 (conference record); 4x800 Relay - 1. Albany (Ryan Florkiewicz, Nick Santos, Sean Halpin, Paul Lagno), 7:35.89; Decathlon - 1. Keith Onto (UMBC), 7,239 points.

Team - 1. Albany 197.50, 2. Maine 172, 3. New Hampshire 133, 4. Boston U. 101.50, 5. UMBC 68, 6. Vermont 59, 7. Binghamton 55, 8. Stony Brook 49, 9. Hartford 19.

Individual - 100-dash - 1. Fey Adaramola (Albany), 11.86; 100-hurdles - 1. Jesse Labreck (Maine), 13.78 (conference record); 200 - 1. Cearha Miller (Maine), 24.14; 400 - 1. Vicki Tolton (Maine), 53.49; 400-hurdles - 1. Vicki Tolton (Maine), 59.55; 800 - 1. Lucy Van Dalen (Stony Brook), 2:07.25 (conference record); 1,500 - Lucy Van Dalen (Stony Brook), 4:26.90; 3,000-steeplechase - 1. Jenn Pierson (Albany), 10:40.46; 5,000 - 1. Andrea Walkonen (Boston U.), 16:40.24; 10,000 - 1. Holly Van Dalen (Stony Brook), 35:21.68; High Jump - 1. Jesse Labreck (Maine), 5-09.25; Long Jump - 1. Jesse Labreck (Maine), 19-6; Triple Jump - 1. Jesse Labreck (Maine), 41-00.25; Discus - 1. Catie Coxon (Albany), 147-11; Hammer Throw - 1. Ashlee Lathrop (New Hampshire), 179-04; Javelin - 1. Jessica Bond (Maine), 140-01; Pole Vault - 1. Rita Ciambra (New Hampshire), 13-1-.75 (conference record); Shot Put - 1. Amanda Deller (UMBC), 47-01.75; 4x100 Relay - 1. Albany (Alli Rogers, Christien Griffin, Quante Harris, Fey Adaramola), 46.27; 4x400 Relay - 1. Maine (Allyson Howatt, Jess Labreck, Vicki Tolton, Cearha Miller), 3:41.22 (conference record); 4x800 Relay - 1. Maine (Whitney Chamberlain, Vanessa Letourneau, Jordan Daniel, Corey Conner), 9:01.51; Heptathlon - 1. Allison Barwise (Boston U.), 5,104 points.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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