Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kareem Morris Helps Lead University of Albany Men to Sixth Straight America East Indoor Track & Field Championship - UAlbany Sports 2011

Boston, Mass. - University at Albany's Kareem Morris led a group of four individuals who won conference titles on the second day of competition at the America East Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 19. The Great Danes captured their sixth consecutive indoor championship with 184 points. Binghamton (157) and Boston University (141) were second and third, respectively, in the standings.

Morris, a freshman, became the first UAlbany athlete to win the 200-meter dash in four years by sprinting a career-best 21.74 seconds and placed fourth in the 60-dash. Morris, who bettered his IC4A standard with the performance, was also second in the long jump on the first day with a leap of 22-feet, 11.75-inches. He received the Coaches Award for scoring the most points at the meet.

"We stepped it up and came together," said UAlbany coach Roberto Vives, who expected a close battle with Binghamton and Boston U. "Kareem Morris is an outstanding individual and certainly was a surprise winner in the 200. I am thankful that the student-athletes have bought into our championship philosophy over the year. It's been passed along and there is an expectation to win."

Peter Rowell ran 1:03.40, his top time of the season, to win the 500-meter dash after the junior finished seventh in this event at the conference meet one year ago. Rowell also anchored the third-place 4x400-meter relay to a season-best 3:14.80, earning a place among the IC4A qualifiers. Nick Santos was first in the 800-meter run as he hit the tape in 1:50.96, the fifth-fastest time in program history. Tristan Akong claimed the 60-meter dash crown with a time of 6.88 seconds. UAlbany had six individual champions overall, as Wilfredo de Jesus Elias (weight throw) and Fred Casimo (long jump) recorded victories on Friday.

In addition, Paul Lagno broke his own school record in the 3,000-meters. His time of 8:18.00 was good enough for fourth place. Greg Kiley, who ran the lead-off leg on the winning distance medley relay the previous day, took second in the 1,000-meters. He ran 2:25.83 to qualify for the IC4A meet.

Paw Prints: UAlbany has won eight of the last nine America East Conference indoor championships, including six in a row ... Wilfredo de Jesus Elias, a senior from Arroyo, Puerto Rico, was named the meet's top field performer after winning his third consecutive weight throw competition ... Kareem Morris scored 23 points in three events to win the Coaches Award ... Jordan Pollock placed third in the triple jump and Chris Burke was fourth in the mile run.

America East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships

MEN - 1. UAlbany 184, 2. Binghamton 157, 3. Boston U. 141, 4. UMBC 107, 5. New Hampshire 84, 6. Maine 62, 7. Vermont 24, 8. Hartford 16, 9. Stony Brook 5.


Mile Run - 1. Rich Peters (Boston U.), 4:00.98 (conference record); 2. Casey Quaglia (Binghamton), 4:06.43; 3. Tyler Dinnen (New Hampshire), 4:07.16.
60-Meter Hurdles - 1. Trae Proctor (UMBC), 8.19; 2. James Reed (Maine), 8.20; 3. Keith Brown (UMBC), 8.26.
400-Meter Dash - 1. Tewado Latty (Boston U.), 47.28; 2. Joel Senick (Boston U.), 47.41; 3. Cazal Arnett (Binghamton), 47.68.
500-Meter Dash - 1. Peter Rowell (UAlbany), 1:03.40; 2. Joshua Hewitson (UMBC), 1:03.75; 3. Ebube Abara (UAlbany), 1:04.75.
60-Meter Dash - 1. Tristan Akong (UAlbany), 6.88; 2. R.J. Page (Boston U.), 6.92; 3. Jake Rachiele (UAlbany), 6.98.
800-Meter Run - 1. Nick Santos (UAlbany), 1:50.96; 2. Jeff Moreau (Boston U.), 1:52.71; 3. Michael Christmas (UMBC), 1:52.92.
1,000-Meter Run - 1. Erik van Ingen (Binghamton), 2:24.34; 2. Greg Kiley (UAlbany), 2:25.83; 3. Sean Halpin (UAlbany), 2:26.25.
200-Meter Dash - 1. Kareem Morris (UAlbany), 21.74; 2. Joel Senick (Boston U.), 21.75; 3. Andy Haupt (Binghamton), 21.76.
3,000-Meter Run - 1. Riley Masters (Maine), 8:11.90; 2. Jeff Martinez (Binghamton), 8:16.26; 3. Eric Ashe (Boston U.), 8:17.61.
4x800-Meter Relay - 1. Boston U., 7:33.60 (conference record); 2. New Hampshire, 7:37.09; 3. UMBC, 7:42.09.
4x400-Meter Relay - 1. Binghamton, 3:11.58; 2. Boston U., 3:12.94; 3. UAlbany (Alex Petit-Frere, Jonathan Santana, Ebube Abara, Peter Rowell), 3:14.80.
Shot Put - 1. Daniel Withrow (Boston U.), 52-10.00; 2. Cameron Lyle (New Hampshire), 50-03.25; 3. Cameron McDeamon (UMBC), 49-01.75.
High Jump - 1. Matthew Guartente (New Hampshire), 6-08.25; 2. Jeffrey Ramos (Maine), 6-08.25; 3. Momodou Drammeh (UMBC), 6-08.25.
Heptathlon - 1. Keith Onto (UMBC), 5,096 points; 2. Beau Cameron (Vermont), 4,916; 3. Richard Haigh (Boston U.), 4,816.
Triple Jump - 1. Trevor England (Maine), 48-07.25; 2. Aboshioma Obemeata (UMBC), 46-06.25; 3. Jordan Pollock (UAlbany), 46-02.50.

Final America East Conference Track & Field Results -

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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