Albany Sweeps Indoor Track & Field Championships
BOSTON -- It was a record-breaking sweep for Albany, as the men won an eighth straight title and the women notched a third in four years. Both the men and women shattered the previous marks for highest team score in an America East Championship. The men, who now own the record for most indoor championships with 10, notched a total of 231.5. That number broke the previous high of 211, which Albany set back in 2009. The women's mark of 206.83, set in 2008 by Boston University, was also bested as Albany racked up 233.5 points.
Binghamton (134.5) earned runner-up honors in the men's championship. The Bearcats were followed closely by UMBC (130) in third-place and Maine (126) in fourth. New Hampshire had 74.5 points to finish in fifth. Vermont (43.5), Stony Brook (33) and Hartford (6) rounded out the field.
A strong day in the sprints helped UMBC capture women's runner-up honors with 131 points and Binghamton was close behind with 124.5 points. Vermont earned a fourth-place finish with 91 points while New Hampshire took fifth with 76.5 points. Maine (64.5), Stony Brook (44) and Hartford (15) occupied the last three spots.
The coaching staff for the Albany men was honored with its eighth straight Coaching Staff of the Year honors, while UMBC was lauded as the women's Coaching Staff of the Year.
Jonathan Santana (Rochester, N.Y.) earned 20.5 points, the most of any male competitor, for the winning squad thanks to a runner-up finish in the 200 meter dash and wins in the 4x400 relay and the 400 meter dash. Sophomore Alexander Bowen (Beacon, N.Y.) also took home hardware as the Most Outstanding Field Athlete. Bowen generated some excitement early in the day as he took first place in the men's high jump with a leap of 7'3.25", shattering the previous America East record in the event and becoming the first to clear seven feet at the conference championship.
Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md.) was voted the Most Oustanding Track Performer after he swept the 60 and 200 meter dash events. The senior notched ECAC/IC4A qualifying times in both events, as he won the 60 in 6.90 seconds and the 200 in 21.67 seconds. Binghamton's Temi Bajulaiye (New Rochelle, N.Y.) earned Most Outstanding Male Rookie honors after he posted a time of 1:05.66 to win the 500 meter dash.
UMBC had several impressive individual performances on the women's side, netting the Retrievers the Most Outstanding Performer awards for both track and field. Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md.) made headlines in day one as she broke the America East mark with a 7.36 in the 60 meter dash qualifying heats. Day two saw Jackson cruise to wins in the 60 and 200 meter dash events en route to being named the Most Outstanding Track Performer. Teammate Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md.) swept the throwing events to earn Most Outstanding Field Performer. The senior's throws of 47'03" in the shot put and 54'1.25" in the weight throw were both ECAC/IC4A qualifying marks.
After earning a tie for first-place in the pole vault, Christy DiMichele (Vestal, N.Y.) was named the Most Outstanding Female Rookie. DiMichele cleared 11'9.75" in the finals, which tied her with teammate Camille Ginyard (Vestal, N.Y.).
Albany's Alfonso Scannapieco earned his second win of the championship by defending his title in the men's heptathlon with an ECAC/IC4A qualifying score of 5,124. Other men's field highlights included Justin Gagne (Biddeford, Maine) with a big win in the shot put and Shioma Obeameata (New Rochelle, N.Y.) winning the triple jump by more than a foot and a half.
Other highlights for the women included Maine's Corey Conner (West Townsend, Mass.) earning a second convincing victory, this one coming in the 3000 meter run with a time of 9:26.30. Albany's Kathyrn Fanning (Manlius, N.Y.) won two events on day two, the first of which was the mile run. The junior won that race with a time of 4:46.64 and then went on to best the 1000 meter dash field with a time of 2:50.36. Teammate Patricia McNish (Great Neck, N.Y.) defending her title in the long jump, leaping 19'9" to win the event by more than a foot.
The Vermont women claimed the 4x800 relay for the second year in a row. 800 meter champion Yolanda Ngarambe (Marsta, Sweden) ran the second leg for the winning quartet.
Men's Final Standings
- Albany, 231.50
- Binghamton, 134.50
- UMBC, 130
- Maine, 126
- New Hampshire, 74.50
- Vermont, 43.50
- Stony Brook, 33
- Hartford, 6
Women's Final Standings
- Albany, 233.50
- UMBC, 131
- Binghamton, 124.50
- Vermont, 91
- New Hampshire, 76.50
- Maine, 64.50
- Stony Brook, 44
- Hartford, 15