Courtesy: America East Communications

Albany Sweeps #AETF Outdoor Championship for 9th-Straight Year

Release: 05/07/2017

Durham, N.H. – For the ninth consecutive year, the Albany Great Danes were crowned champions at the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championship in both the men's and women's competition. The men's team won their 13th straight title while the women have won 12 of the last 13 championships.

UMBC and New Hampshire coaching staffs were awarded Coaching Staff of the Year on the men's and women's sides, respectively.

Recipients of the Coaches Award were Binghamton's Jon Alkins and Albany's Stephanie Osuji, both of whom won the 200-meter dash. Osuji also won the 100-meter dash while Alkins finished second in his respective race. Alkins was also named Most Outstanding Track Performer.

UMass Lowell senior Jaclyn Solimine was name Most Outstanding Track Performer after picking up a pair of gold medals, first in the 10,000-meter run on Saturday, then in the 5,000-meter run on Sunday.

Solimine's teammate and sophomore, Kerstin Darsney, was name Most Outstanding Field Performer. Darsney set a meet record in the women's high jump, clearing 5'10.75".

On the men's side, UMBC freshman Alexios Prodanas was named Most Oustanding Rookie after winning the hammer throw. Prodanas was also named Most Outstanding Field Performer along with Binghamton's Joe Miceli, who won the decathlon.

The Elite 17 recipients were Jesse Orach of Maine and Anna Kaplan of Vermont.

2017 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championship (Final Standings)

Men

  1. Albany, 166 points
  2. UMBC, 139
  3. New Hampshire, 116
  4. UMass Lowell, 108.5
  5. Binghamton, 99
  6. Stony Brook, 74
  7. Vermont, 71
  8. Maine, 70.5
  9. Hartford, 11

Women

  1. Albany, 198 points
  2. New Hampshire, 140
  3. Stony Brook, 129
  4. UMass Lowell, 125
  5. Binghamton, 90
  6. Vermont, 74
  7. UMBC, 57
  8. Maine, 39
  9. Hartford, 4

Day 2 Highlights

  • Courtney Warden of Stony Brook set a new record in the women's 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.52.
  • UMass Lowell sophomore Kerstin Darsney broke the championship record in the women's high jump, clearing 5'10.75”.
  • New Hampshire swept both 4x800-meter relays in record-breaking fashion. The women set a new mark, finishing the race in a time of 8:47.16, while the men completed the race with a first-place time of 7:32.22.
  • Albany became the first school to win three consecutive gold medals in the women's 4x100 team since the early 2000s.
  • On the men's side, UMBC became the first to do so since Albany won three straight from 2002-2004.
  • Grace MacLean defended her title in the heptathlon, notching 4,928 total points over the two days.
  • Binghamton's Joe Miceli completed the decathlon with a total of 6,760 points en route to a gold medal.

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