VESTAL, N.Y. – Several impressive field performances highlighted the competition today, as the 2013 America East Outdoor Track & Field Championships got underway at Binghamton University. Most of the track action on day one was in preliminaries, as the fields for tomorrows finals began to take shape. Albany and UMBC are tied with 51 points apiece in the men’s standings while Binghamton (47) and New Hampshire (45) are close behind. In the women’s standings, Binghamton currently holds a 13 point lead over Albany, 60-53. New Hampshire (48.5) and Vermont (47.5) are in third and fourth place.
In one of the day’s first events, Nika Ouellette (Brookline, Mass.) of Vermont posted her third consecutive victory in the javelin throw. The junior’s three-peat is just third in America East history, joining fellow Catamounts Kristal Kostiew (2001-03) and Danielle Lewis (1996-98). Though her winning throw of 143’4” is a bit short of her previous two championship performances, Ouellette still edged the rest of the field by just over seven feet.
Other repeat winners on the day include Maine sophomore Robyn McFetters and Albany senior Patricia McNish. McFetters (Barrington, R.I.) posted a very impressive win in the day’s first event, taking the hammer throw with a toss of 183’9”. Not only did that throw best the field by nearly 25 feet, it was also the second best throw in America East Championship history. McNish (Great Neck, N.Y.) becomes the third repeat champion since 2008, leaping 19’2” to win gold.
UMBC freshman Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienberg, Germany) posted a dominant win in the men’s javelin throw with a heave of 193’11”. His distance was nearly 30 feet further than the rest of the field. Fellow freshman Jaclyn Masters (Auburn, Maine) of Maine earned the full 10 points in the women’s pole vault by clearing 12’2.5”. Two more freshman earned victories on the day, both coming in distance events. Binghamton’s Jacqueline Huben (Williamsville, N.Y.) paced the field in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase while Hassan Omar (Frederick, Md.) used a blistering final 200 meters to earn a narrow victory in the men’s 10,000 meters.
In men’s qualifying action, Albany and UMBC earned the top spot in three events each. For the women, Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md.) and Tynelle Taylor-Chase (Whitby, Ontario) both won two preliminary heats a piece and are in position for an excellent final day.
For complete results, the day two schedule and more, visit Championship Central on AmericaEast.com.