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Maine's Jesse Labreck broke her own school record in the heptathlon.
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Three First-Time Winners Highlight Track & Field Weekly Awards

Release: 04/23/2013
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Four athletes from four different schools have claimed this week’s America East Outdoor Track & Field honors, the conference announced on Tuesday. Jesse Garn from Binghamton is the Male Track Performer of the Week while UMBC’s Vincent Rentzsch has been named the Male Field Performer of the Week. For the women, Albany’s Brittany Lane claimed Track Performer of the Week honors and Maine’s Jesse Labreck is the Field Performer of the Week. Garn, Rentzsch and Lane all won outdoor weekly honors for the first time in 2013.

Garn (Marcellus, N.Y.), who was an NCAA Regional Qualifier a year ago, had an excellent performance at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend. The sophomore cruised to a third place finish in a very strong 1,500 meter field with a time of 3:45.67. Garn’s time is the second best in the America East and is 27th in the NCAA Division I East Region.

Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) has been rewriting the UMBC record books during his freshman season and he added a new chapter this weekend. For the fourth time this spring, the first year broke the school record in the javelin throw. Rentzsch’s heave of 214’7” was good enough to claim gold at the Morgan State Legacy Meet. He now has the best throw in the conference by nearly 20 feet and is 25th in the NCAA Division I East Region.

Lane (Greenwich, N.Y.) had an impressive showing at one of the most prestigious meets in the nation. Competing in the Olympic Development Elite Division at the Mt. SAC Relays in California, Lane grabbed a victory in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:26.47. The junior beat the field by nearly two and a half minutes and qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round by posting the 20th best time in the NCAA Division I East Region.

Labreck (Oakland, Maine) shattered two of her own school records this weekend, winning gold in five events overall. On the first day of the Holy Cross Invitational, Labreck dominated the heptathlon, winning five events en route to scoring 5,345 points to break her own record from earlier this season. Included in her heptathlon victory was a leap of 5’9.25” to win the high jump and break another school record. On the second day of the meet, the senior went on to win four more times, including the 100 meter hurdles as well as a complete sweep of the jump events (long, high, triple). Labreck owns the 15th best heptathlon score in the country.

America East Men’s Outdoor Track & Field News and Notes

  • Albany’s Alfonso Scannapieco claimed the pole vault title at the Mt. SAC Relays.
  • The MIT Invitational was postponed, so Boston U. did not compete this weekend.
  • John Busque took fourth place in the 5,000 meters for Hartford at the Holy Cross Invitational.
  • Frank Del Duca won the 100 meter dash as Maine won the Holy Cross Invitational.
  • John Prizzi won the 3000 meter steeplechase as New Hampshire won the Wolfie Invitational.
  • Robert Taylor was a part of relay wins in the 4x100 and 4x400 for Stony Brook at the Wolfie Invitational.
  • Ben Greenwald broke the Vermont school record in the 400 meter dash at the Wolfie Invitational.

America East Women’s Outdoor Track & Field News and Notes

  • Binghamton’s Alexis Murray swept the long jump and triple jump events at the New York State Outdoor Track & Field Challenge.
  • The MIT Invitational was postponed, so Boston U. did not compete this weekend.
  • Priscilla Appiagyei of Hartford posted New England qualifying marks in both the 100 and 200 meter dash events at the Holy Cross Invitational.
  • UMBC’s Amanda Deller notched an ECAC qualifying shot put toss at the Morgan State Legacy Meet.
  • New Hampshire won the Wolfie Invitational, with Lauren Perrodin posting a victory in the 100 meter dash.
  • Alyson LaPorte set a Stony Brook javelin record with a throw of 39.86 meters at the Wolfie Invitational.
  • Yolanda Ngarambe of Vermont set the new America East standard in the 800 meters at the Beach Invitational.

America East Outdoor Track & Field Performers of the Week

March 26 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Ethan Clary (Albany); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Alfonso Scannapieco (Albany); Women's Track Performer of the Week: Kathryn Fanning (Albany); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Jesse Labreck (Maine)
April 2 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Rich Peters (Boston U.); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Reuben Horace (Boston U.); Women's Track Performer of the Week: Katie Matthews (Boston U.); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Nika Ouellette (Vermont)
April 9 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Tewado Latty (Boston U.); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Alexander Bowen (Albany); Women's Track Performer of the Week: Corey Conner (Maine); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Nika Ouellette (Vermont)
April 16 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Trae Proctor (UMBC); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Alexander Bowen (Albany); Women's Track Performer of the Week: Mercedes Jackson (UMBC); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Nika Ouellette (Vermont)
April 23 – Men's Track Performer of the Week: Jesse Garn (Binghamton); Men's Field Performer of the Week: Vincent Rentzsch (UMBC); Women's Track Performer of the Week: Brittany Lane (Albany); Women's Field Performer of the Week: Jesse Labreck (Maine)

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