Albany Seeks Sweep of Outdoor Championships
VESTAL, N.Y. – Aiming to continue its recent dominance of America East Track & Field, the Albany Great Danes head to the 2013 Outdoor Championships looking strong once again. As the conference descends upon Binghamton University to crown this year’s champions, the rest of the field is ready and the weekend should be filled with entertaining competition in all events.
The Albany men will turn to a very strong group of field performers to clinch another championship. Leading this group is the Most Outstanding Field Performer of the 2013 Indoor Championships, Alexander Bowen. The sophomore dominated the high jump competition and broke the America East record in the process. Alfonso Scannapieco is one of the top pole vaulters in the conference and should be a major factor in that event. Others to watch for Albany are Kadeem Howell (jumps) and middle distance runner John DeLallo.
Binghamton will look to make the most of its home field advantage after a strong outdoor regular season. Distance runners Chris Fernandez, Jesse Garn and Vasili Papstrat should be a big part of the Bearcats’ efforts this weekend, as the trio has been strong all year. Sophomore Cal Michaels should also be a top contender in the steeplechase.
Hartford continues to build and will look to senior Erik Quitzau to lead the way at Binghamton. He should be a factor in the 110 meter hurdles. The Hawks also have some strong runners in John Busque and Andrew Dwyer.
Maine’s James Reed will be one of the top hurdlers in the field and he enters his final America East championship. In the 100 meters, Frank Del Duca should be near the top of a strong field. The senior finished fifth at last year’s championship. The Black Bears will also be strong in the throws, with senior Justin Gagne and junior Wilson Adams leading the way.
Senior Dennison Long is one of the top sprinters in the conference and should help UMBC pick up points in both the 100 and 200 meter dash events. Fellow senior Trae Proctor is also a favorite to take the 110 meter hurdles crown after missing the outdoor season a year ago. Newcomer Vincent Rentzch will be competing in the long jump, javelin throw and the decathlon this weekend and could find his way onto the podium.
New Hampshire is led by a strong group of runners, including Kevin Greene, who was the indoor champion in the mile run. The junior also had a third place finish in the outdoor 800 meters a year ago. Cory Sinotte should be a factor in the 10,000 meters and sophomore D’Mahl McFadden will be a top contender in the 110 meter hurdles.
Sophomore Terry Martin was one of Stony Brook’s top finishers a year ago, as he was one of two underclassmen to finish in the top three of the 110 meter hurdles. Junior Nicholas Lemon is strong in the 10,000 meters as well.
Vermont is looking to make mark in the championship after a strong regular season. Mitchell Switzer is the school-record holder in the 400-meter hurdles and will be a top contender at this year’s championship. Ethan McBrien is another school-record holder, his coming in the 1,500 meter, and could help the Catamounts earn points this weekend.
The Albany women are in position to win another championship and junior Kathryn Fanning will be a big part of that effort. After a strong showing in the 1,500 meters in last year’s outdoor championship, Fanning is ready to make her way onto the podium. Senior Patricia McNish should continue to be a force in the long and triple jump events as well. Brittany Lane recently broke the Great Danes school record in the 5,000 meter s and comes in seeded second in that event.
Binghamton will be lead in their charge this weekend by Jessica Hennig. The senior is strong in the 400 meter dash and comes in seeded second in the field. The tandem of Christy DeMichele and Camille Ginyard should have a big impact on the pole vault competition, while freshman Kierra Arthur comes in looking strong in the 100 meter hurdles.
Hartford’s Priscilla Appiagyei will be a factor in the 400 meter dash, as she looks to bring veteran leadership over the weekend. She will be joined by Tiffany Harrison in the 400, as the sophomore looks poised to make a run at the podium.
Corey Conner posted a dominating win in the 5,000 meters at this year’s indoor championship and comes in as the favorite in the outdoor competition. The senior is the school-record holder in the event and could put on a show for fans this weekend. Another Black Bear senior, Jesse Labreck, has smashed the school-record in the heptathlon twice this season and is a must-watch competitor over the next two days. Sophomore Robyn McFetters will also be a big factor in the throws and was this week’s Field Performer of the Week.
After both won two events at the America East indoor championship, Mercedes Jackson and Amanda Deller look strong again as the outdoor championships get started. Jackson is one of the top sprinters in the East Region and should be a favorite in the 100 and 200 meter dash events. Meanwhile, Deller is a force in the throwing events and should earn valuable points for the Retrievers.
New Hampshire is led by a strong group of distance runners, which includes Elise Beattie and Keely Maguire. Beattie is seeded third in the 5,000 meter run while Maguire occupies the same spot in the 1,500 meters. Junior Michelle Gearin could pick up points for the Wildcats in the javelin throw as well.
Olivia Burne and Annie Keown both had strong seasons for Stony Brook and look to continue that success in the America East Championships. Burne’s signature event is the 1,500 meters, where she is seeded third currently. For Keown, the goal is to post a repeat win in the 10,000 meters. The junior is in position to do so but will have to against a strong field.
Vermont is led by one of the best javelin throwers in the nation, Nika Ouellete. The junior has the best throw in the conference this season by a comfortable amount and is the favorite at Binghamton this weekend. Senior Julie McGilpin and junior Yolanda Ngarambe should also have success this weekend, as McGilpin looks to medal in the 1,500 while Ngarambe comes in as one of the favorites in the 800 meters.
For more information on the 2013 America East Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including live results and heat sheets, visit Championship Central.