Updated: April 17, 2012 2:04 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four student-athletes from four different schools turned in conference-best efforts over the weekend to collect weekly track and field honors.
Binghamton’s Jesse Garn (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) picks up Track Performer of the Week and Albany’s Stephen Hassard (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) brings home Field Performer of the Week on the men’s side. For the women, New Hampshire’s Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia/Berkshire Prep) reels in Track Performer of the Week and Boston University’s Allison Barwise (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) rounds out the weekly recipients with the Field Performer of the Week award.
Garn won the 800 at the Bison Outdoor Classic in a school-record time of 1:49.17. That time represents the fastest 800 in the conference this season and eclipses the previous mark of 1:49.80 set last year by Erik van Ingen.
Competing against UConn in the third annual ‘Dog Fight,’ Hassard topped the field with an impressive 51.52-meter discus throw. Hassard now possesses the best throw in the conference during the outdoor season and qualifies for the IC4A Championships.
Letourneau ran to a first-place finish in a field of 24 in the 800 at the Wildcat Invitational. She crossed the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 2:10.68, marking the second-fastest time in school history. Letourneau’s time also ranks first by more than three seconds in the conference this season.
Barwise continued to dominate the high jump placing first at the Skyhawk Invitational, breaking her own facility record by clearing a height of 1.80 meters. The junior also finished first in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.94 seconds. Barwise’s mark in the high jump is the best leap in the conference this season.
The Albany men’s and women’s track and field teams split up this weekend with the men competing against UConn in the third annual ‘Dog Fight’ and the women heading to the UMass Invitational. The Great Dane women finished first at UMass with 148.07 team points and the men fell 105-92. For the women, Ashley Mahlmiester (Unadilla, N.Y./Sidney), Sherez Mohammed (Unadilla, N.Y./Sidney), Tynele Taylor-Chase (Whitby, Ontario/Notre Dame Catholic Secondary), Allison Rogers (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst Central) and the 4x400 relay team all won their respective events. Mahlmeister turned in the competition’s best long jump (5.66 meters) while Mohammed took the 400-meter dash (56.32), Taylor-Chase won the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.59) and Rogers captured the 200-meter dash (24.55). Rogers, Taylor-Chase and the 4x400 team all recorded ECAC-qualifying times in their events. In the field, Catherine Dixon posted a 46.72-meter discus toss to also qualify for the ECAC Championships. On the men’s side, the Danes won 10 of the 18 contested events. Of those 10 first-place finishes, six were IC4A-qualifying performances. Stephen Hassard and Alexander Bowen (Beacon, N.Y./Beacon High) both turned in IC4A-qualifying marks in the field. Hassard threw the discus 51.52 meters and Bowen cleared 2.09 meters in the high jump. Paul Lagno (Salt Point, N.Y./Millbrook) took first in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:48.40 and Chris Burke (Tully, N.Y./Tully/SUNY Delhi) finished ahead of the pack in the 5,000-meter run in 14:33.65. Jonathan Santana (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) bolted to victory in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 48.35 seconds. Both the Great Dane teams look forward to the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University starting on April 21.
Binghamton posted a combined total of 12 first-place finishes at the Bucknell Outdoor Challenge and the Army 5-Way Meet this past weekend. At Bucknell, freshman Jesse Garn (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) won the 800 in a school-record time of 1:49.17. Garn’s time eclipsed the mark of 1:49.80 set by Erik van Ingen last year. For the women, Alexis Murray (Bellerose, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) was second in both the triple jump and the javelin at the Army 5-Way Meet. Murray topped her own school record with a distance of 130.3’ in the javelin. Also setting a school record this week was Lindsay Raulli (North Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero North Syracuse) in the 3,000 steeplechase at Bucknell. Her time of 10:48.88 eclipsed the 2004 mark of 10:49.76. Binghamton will compete in two meets this coming weekend as some Bearcats head to the Larry Davis Invitational and others travel to Buffalo for the NY Upstate Challenge.
The Boston University track and field teams made a quick trip to Easton, Mass. for the Skyhawk Invitational hosted by Stonehill College last weekend. Allison Barwise (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) posted a pair of wins on the day, taking top honors in the 100-meter hurdles (14.94) and the high jump (1.80 meters). The Terriers’ 4x400 relay team set a new facility record to claim first place, as well. The quartet finished in a time of 3:55.19 to set the new mark. Boston U. claimed the top three spots in the 200-meter dash as Gemma Acheampong (Waterbury, Conn./Wilby) won the race in 25.84 seconds. As a team, the Terrier women finished third overall. On the men’s side, the Terriers finished fifth as a team thanks to a strong day from senior Jeff Pelage (Pompano Beach, Fla./Pine Crest School). The former Terrier basketball player won the discus (46.45 meters) and placed second in the shot put (14.04 meters). Freshman Ben Ravetz (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) ran to a second-place showing in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:07.82) at Stonehill, as well. Several Terriers also went to the Patriot Open hosted by George Mason. Matt Paulsen (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) led the Terrier men by finishing third in the 5,000-meter run (14:22.85). Boston U. will compete at the Larry Ellis Invitational and the MIT Invitational this coming weekend.
The Hartford track and field teams traveled to Amherst, Mass. over the weekend for the UMass Invitational. On the women’s side, the Hawks finished eighth as a team and set a new school record in the 4x100 relay. The team of Kenterra Richardson (Temple Hills, Md./Forestville Military Academy), Tiffany Harrison (Bloomfield, Conn./Bloomfield), Merrica Modeste (Jamaica, N.Y./John Adams) and Priscilla Appiagyei (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor)crossed the finish line with a time of 48.58 to break the previous Hartford record by .02 seconds. The Hartford men finished 10th as a team but did break a handful of school records. Kevin Brandon (Lewisbury, Pa./Red Land) set the school mark in the 1,500-meter run, covering the distance in 4:00.36. The time snapped a record that had been in the books since 2005. Seniors Anderson Emerole (Jamaica, N.Y./Manhattan Center for Math and Sciences) and Andrew Chalmers (Ashland, N.H./Plymouth Regional) broke their own school records in the 200-meter dash and the 3,000 steeplechase, respectively. Both Emerole and Chalmers finished second in the events at UMass. In the field, Kyle Cholewa (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) posted a second-place finish in the discus. His toss of 43.85 meters was a personal best and a new Hartford record. The Hawks head to Holy Cross this weekend for the Holy Cross Heptathlon and the Holy Cross Invitational.
Maine sent its track and field teams to the UNH Wildcat Invitational last weekend. Jillian O’Brien (Buffalo, N.Y./West Seneca West) won a pair of events to lead the Black Bear women. O’Brien won the 100 (12.02) and the 200 (25.44) meter dashes. Lauren Roush (Hinsdale, Ill.) won the 400-meter dash in 59.38. Corey Conner (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex Regional) just missed breaking her own school record in the 1,500-meter run, winning in a time of 4:28.59, which qualifies her for the ECAC Championships. Maine’s 4x100 relay team also raced to victory at UNH, completing the race in 48.60. In the field, Katy Grime (Brownington, Vt./North Country Union) and Robyn McFetters (Barrington, R.I./Barrington High School) each won their events. Grime topped the field in the discus with her mark of 133’2” and McFetters posted the second-best hammer throw in school history of 172’4.” For the Black Bear men, Justin Gagne (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford) broke a pair of school records, including one that had stood for more than 50 years, to lead the way. Gagne placed second in the shot put (55’8.25”) and first in the discus (166’9”) to break both records. Frank Del Duca (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) qualified for the IC4A Championships, running a 10.83 in the 100-meter dash to take runner-up honors. Jake Leithiser (Old Town, Maine/Old Town) won the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.16 and David Currier (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) ran to victory in the 5,000 (14:53.48). Maine will next compete at Holy Cross and at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational this weekend.
For the second straight week, the UMBC track and field teams split up for competition with one group going to the Sea Ray Relays at the University of Tennessee and another group heading to the Bucknell Outdoor Challenge. At Bucknell, senior Keri Wilson (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) broke the UMBC school record in the 3,000 steeplechase. Wilson came into the day second on the school list but topped her personal best by more than five seconds, completing the race in 11:29.56. At Tennessee, freshman Paulette Fogle (Washington, D.C./Bishop McNamara) continued her strong outdoor season placing fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.50. For the men, Cameron McDearmon (Owings Mills, Md./Franklin) jumped to third in the record book with his 52.15-meter toss in the hammer throw. The Retrievers return to the track next week when they travel to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational.
New Hampshire hosted the non-scoring Wildcat Invitational on Saturday. Senior Brice Paey won the shot put for the second straight week with an IC4A-qualifying toss of 58’10.74” to lead the Wildcat men. Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md.) captured the 1,500-meter run crown for the second time in as many weeks, finishing with a time of 3:57.07. In the high jump, Jason Guarente (Saugus, Mass.) cleared a height of 6’4” to take the top spot. Also in the field, Jesse Swink (Groton, Conn.) won the javelin for the third consecutive week with a toss of 192’10.” On the women’s side, Laura Stern (Shirley, Mass./Lunenberg) remained unbeaten in the javelin this season as she won the event for the fourth straight week with an ECAC-Qualifying toss of 136’8”. Allison Letourneau captured the 800, crossing the finish line in 2:10.68. UNH swept the women’s 3,000 steeplechase as Meagan Boucher (Manchester, N.H.) set the pace with a time of 11:14.85. The Wildcats also swept the top three spots in the high jump, led by freshman Jessica Salley (Andover, Mass.), who cleared a height of 5’7.75” to qualify for the ECAC Championships. Abigail Huntress (Saco, Maine) and Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H.) also posted wins in their respective events for the second straight week. Next up for the Wildcats are meets at the Holy Cross Heptathlon in Worcester, Mass. and the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton this weekend.
Stony Brook’s track and field teams competed in the Metropolitan Championships while a select group ran at the Bucknell Invitational. For the Stony Brook women, senior Patricia Barry (Tipperary, Ireland/University of Limerick) took third in the 5,000-meter run at Bucknell in an ECAC-qualifying time of 17:00.48. Senior Carolina Cortes (Woodmere, N.Y./Valley Stream South) finished seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:47.75, which also meets the ECAC-qualifying standard. Meanwhile at the Metropolitan Championships, junior Annie Keown (Aukland, New Zealand/Aukland University) won the 1,500-meter run in a season-best time of 4:39.90. Sophomore Erin Eaton (Omaha, Neb./Westside) finished right behind Keown, also running a season-best time of 4:41.04. The Seawolf men’s team was paced by freshman Terry Martin (Bloomingburg, N.Y./Pine Bush) who broke his second school record of the outdoor season shattering the long jump mark with his leap of 6.95 meters. Martin also finished third in the 110-meter hurdles and eighth in the 200-meter dash (22.14). Sophomore Eric Speakman (Napier, New Zealand/Taradale) was fifth in the 800-meter run and was a member of the 4x800 relay team that finished third. Carlos Roa (Jamaica, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) had a career performance at Bucknell, running the 10,000 in an IC4A-Qualifying 30:48.29 in his first attempt at the distance. Stony Brook will split up again this weekend as some competitors head to the Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif. and the rest head to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational.
Vermont’s track and field teams competed in a tri-meet against Middlebury and Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. over the weekend. The Catamount women placed second while the men finished third. UVM received a strong performance out of sophomore Tess Cioffredi (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon), who captured the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 1:03.29. Kirsten Weberg (East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora) also turned in a strong performance on the track winning the 5,000 in a time of 17:35.33. In the field for the UVM women, Brittany St. Clair (Whitehall, N.Y./Whitehall) won the high jump by clearing a height of 1.73 meters. Nika Ouellette (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) won the javelin competition in convincing fashion yet again with a throw of 44.90 meters, more than six meters better than the second-place finisher. For the Catamount men, Mitchell Switzer (Phoenix, N.Y./John C. Birdlebough) won the 400-meter hurdles by running a personal-best time of 53.95 seconds. Connor Jennings (Concord, N.H./Concord) took the 3,000-meter run title in 9:39.77, while Matt Feeley (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou) ran a 16.13 in the 100-meter hurdles to win the event. In the field, Sam Hoadley (East Granby, Conn./East Granby) finished second overall in the javelin with a throw of 60.89 meters. It was a season-best effort by more than four meters for the senior. Classmate Peter Foley (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) won the shot put with a heave of 13.88 meters and freshman Mickey Krug (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) won the long jump (6.67 meters). It’s a busy week ahead for UVM as it will dedicate its brand new outdoor track and field facility and host its first outdoor home meet since 1997 on Tuesday against Middlebury. This weekend, the Catamounts will take part in meets all over the country. Vermont will send competitors to the Mt. San Antonio College Relays, Middlebury and the Beach Invitational.