Albany Sweeps Outdoor #AETF Titles Once Again
BURLINGTON, Vt. – For an unprecedented eighth-straight year, University at Albany is the America East Outdoor Track & Field champion for both men and women. The Great Dane men captured their 12th-consecutive crown when the women won their eighth in a row and 11th in the last 12 years.
The Albany men amassed 219 points and finished 74 points ahead of second-place UMBC. The margin of victory is its largest since 2009. The Retrievers finished second for the fourth straight year with 145 points, followed by Binghamton (133 points) in third to round out the top three.
The Great Dane women edged second-place New Hampshire by a narrow eight points, the closest finish since Albany edged out UNH by just six points in 2007. Albany earned 173 points, followed by the Wildcats’ 165 points. UMBC placed third for the second-straight year with 114 points to close out the top three teams.
2016 America East Outdoor Track & Field Championship
Final Men’s Team Standings
1. Albany, 219 points
2. UMBC, 145
3. Binghamton, 133
4. UMass Lowell, 104
5. New Hampshire, 86
6. Vermont, 74
7. Maine, 48
8. Stony Brook, 44
9. Hartford, 4
Final Women’s Team Standings
1. Albany, 173 points
2. New Hampshire, 165
3. UMBC, 114
4. Stony Brook, 111
5. Vermont, 85
6. Binghamton, 73
7. UMass Lowell, 66
8. Maine, 65
9. Hartford, 4
UMBC’s Hassan Omar earned Most Outstanding Track Performer for the second-straight year by winning both the 1,000- and 5,000-meter runs. The senior capped off an impressive season after he was the individual champion in cross country and also the Most Outstanding Track Performer at the indoor championship in February.
New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrier captured women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer honors after winning three gold medals. The two-time All-American won the 800 meters, 1,500 meters and ran on the 4x800 relay squad.
Binghamton’s Joe Miceli took home Outstanding Field Performer by winning the decathlon and pole vault competitions.
Ozioma Edokobi from UMBC won the shot put and earned two other top 10 finishes (hammer throw, 4th; discus, 9th) to earn women’s Outstanding Field Performer accolades.
UMass Lowell’s Kevin Saccone garnered Most Outstanding Men’s Rookie honors. He had top-three finishes in both the 400-meter and 110-meter hurdles, placing second and third, respectively. Saccone also placed fourth in the long jump.
Stony Brook’s McKyla Brooks was named the Most Outstanding Women’s Rookie after winning the long jump and also earning All-Conference honors in the 100-meter dash with a third-place finish. Brooks, also an All-Rookie selection in volleyball this this year, was a member of the 4x100 meter relay squad that placed second.
Albany’s Tariq Jones and Grace Claxton and New Hampshire’s Purrier earned the Coaches’ Awards for accumulating the most points in the meet. Jones won the 400-meter dash and placed second in the 200. He also ran on Albany’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that finished first and second, respectively. Purrier and Claxton shared the women’s Coaches’ Award. Like Purrier, Claxton won three events (100m, 200m, 4x100 relay).
The Great Danes’ coaching staff, led by Roberto Vives, earned men’s Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the second-straight year while New Hampshire’s women’s staff, led by Jim Boulanger, won Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the first time since 2002.
Jones and Purrier earned the conference’s respective men’s and women’s Elite 18 awards. The honor is bestowed upon the student-athlete with the highest GPA among top point-getters. Jones carries a 3.90 GPA in rhetoric and communication while Purrier has a 3.64 GPA in nutrition.
New Hampshire’s Laura Rose Donegan set the lone record of the meet, which took place amidst windy and rainy conditions in Burlington. She shattered the 3,000-meter steeplechase mark by 20 seconds on Saturday.