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Alexander Bowen cleared seven feet in the high jump for the second time this season.
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Four Notch Their First Weekly Indoor Track and Field Honors of 2012-13 Season

Release: 01/22/2013
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four indoor track and field athletes have been named America East Performers of the Week for the first time this season, as the 2013 portion of the schedule is now in full swing. On the men’s side, Andrew Smith of UMBC is the Track Performer of the Week while Albany’s Alexander Bowen takes home Field Performer of the Week honors. Boston U. swept the women’s awards this week, as Katie Matthews and Allison Barwise have earned Track Performer of the Week and Field Performer of the Week honors, respectively.

Smith (Chadds Ford , Pa.) qualified for the IC4A meet at season’s end with his win in the 800 meter dash. The junior crossed the finish line in 1:54.66 at the Terrapin Invitational. Smith’s time in this event ranks as the best time in the America East so far this season and ranks in the top 50 in the NCAA.

For the second week in a row, Bowen (Beacon, N.Y.) cleared seven feet in the high jump for the Great Danes. The sophomore won the high jump at the Great Dane Classic with a leap of 7’0.5”. Bowen is the only athlete in Albany history to clear seven feet and has now done it two weeks in a row. He currently owns the top jump in the conference this season and the 14th best in the NCAA.

Matthews (Rocky Hill, Conn.) set the pace for the rest of the country in the 3,000 meter run over the weekend. At the Boston U. Multi-Team Meet, Matthews ran the race in 9:14.71 to finish 52 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. The graduate student helped the Terrier women finish first out of four teams.

A two-time pentathlon champion at the America East Indoor Championship, Barwise (Orange, Conn.) won in her season debut over the weekend. The senior scored 3835 points and finished 288 points ahead of the second-place finisher. As a part of her pentathlon win, Barwise took first in the 60 meter hurdles and the high jump. Barwise’s score ranks as the fourth-best in the country.

America East Men’s Indoor Track and Field News and Notes
  • Ben Snodgrass and Josh Miller of Binghamton both qualified for the IC4A championship at the Upstate Indoor Challenge at Cornell.
  • Zachary Ray won the 60 meter hurdles and the long jump for Boston U. at the BU Multi-Team Meet.
  • The Hartford men were ninth at the URI Sorlien Memorial Invitational.
  • James Reed broke the Maine record in the 60 meter hurdles (8.10) at the Bates Invitational.
  • Against Holy Cross, Max Hoddwells won the triple jump and the 55 meter hurdles for New Hampshire.
  • Stony Brook sophomore Lamar Hayes won the long jump at the NYU Team Challenge.
  • Vermont freshman Colby Cunningham won the long jump versus Middlebury.

America East Women’s Indoor Track and Field News and Notes
  • Albany junior Kathryn Fanning broke a program record in the 1,000 meter run (2:46.70) at the UAlbany Great Danes Classic.
  • At the Upstate Indoor Challenge at Cornell, Binghamton’s Alexis Murray swept the long jump and triple jump events.
  • Sam Crisafulli set a Hartford women’s record in the 1000 meter run (3:03.56) at the URI Sorlien Memorial Invitational.
  • Corey Conner of Maine posted an ECAC-qualifying victory in the mile and won the 1,000 meter run at the Bates Invitational.
  • Mercedes Jackson (UMBC) won the 60 meter dash for the third time this season at the Terrapin Invitational.
  • New Hampshire senior Rosemary Read had an ECAC-qualifying toss as she won the weight throw.
  • Christina Melian qualified for the ECAC championship with her victory in the mile run as Stony Brook competed in the NYU Team Challenge.
  • Julie McGilpin posted the second-best time 1,000 meter time in the conference as Vermont took on Middlebury.

2012-13 Indoor Track & Field Performers of the Week
Dec. 4 – Men’s Track Performer of the Week: James Anderson (New Hampshire); Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Colby Cunningham (Vermont); Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Mercedes Jackson (UMBC); Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Brittany St. Clair (Vermont)
Dec. 11 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Jake Leithiser (Maine); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Justin Gagne (Maine); Women's Track Performer of the Week: Tiffany Harrison (Hartford); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Rosemary Read (New Hampshire)
Jan. 8 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Trae Proctor (UMBC); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Shioma Obemeata (UMBC); Women's Track Performer of the Week: Mercedes Jackson (UMBC); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Amanda Deller (UMBC)
Jan. 15 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Trae Proctor (UMBC); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Shioma Obemeata (UMBC); Women's Track Performer of the Week: D'Nique Phillip (UMBC); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Alexis Murray (Binghamton)
Jan. 22 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Andrew Smith (UMBC); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Alexander Bowen (Albany); Women's Track Performer of the Week: Katie Matthews (Boston U.); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Allison Barwise (Boston U.)
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