Albany Sweeps Outdoor Track & Field Championships Again
VESTAL, N.Y. – The Albany men and women earned a fifth consecutive sweep of the America East Outdoor Track & Field Championships Sunday afternoon at the East Gym Track Complex at Binghamton University. It was also the fifth consecutive championship for the Great Dane women, while the men stretch their record title streak to nine straight years.
For the Albany men, who scored 230.5 points, it was also their 10th championship in the last 11 years. After an impressive weekend UMBC took runner-up honors with 176 points and Maine came in third with 121 points. Rounding out the field was Binghamton (117) in fourth, New Hampshire (115) in fifth, Vermont (63.5) in sixth, Stony Brook (27) in seventh and Hartford (6) in eighth.
En route to an eighth outdoor title in the last nine years, the women from Albany scored an America East record 245 team points, shattering Vermont’s record of 226.5 from 2000. Binghamton was the runner-up with 136 points and Vermont rounded out the top three with 109.5 points. UMBC (108), New Hampshire (105.5), Maine (84), Stony Brook (36) and Hartford (34) followed in the standings.
The men’s team standings were close all day, as Albany and UMBC started the day tied for first place. In the first relay event, the 4x100, the Retrievers grabbed the early momentum with a thrilling victory. Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md.) propelled his squad to victory with an unbelievable anchor leg, besting Albany by just three thousandths of a second. Long went on to sweep the 100 and 200 meter dash events and compiled 23 points for the Retrievers to earn Most Outstanding Track Performer honors and the Coaches’ Award.
Albany then began to take some momentum back, as Taariq Jones (Kingston, N.Y.) claimed the 400 meter dash. Later in the day Jones would play a big role in an important 4x400 relay win. Alexander Bowen (Beacon, N.Y.) highlighted the field portion of the day with a record-breaking effort in the high jump. Bowen, who shattered the America East by clearing 7’3.25”, was also named the meet’s Most Outstanding Field Performer.
Another highlight for the UMBC men was freshman Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienberg, Germany). In his first Outdoor Championship meet, Rentzsch posted impressive victories in both the javelin throw and the decathlon and was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Rookie.
In the women’s competition, Albany had some excellent individual efforts on the track to establish a commanding lead early in the day. Allison Rogers (Amherst, N.Y.) won the 400 meter dash and Tynelle Taylor-Chase (Whitby, Ontario) swept the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. Patricia McNish (Great Neck, N.Y.) won the triple jump for the second straight season to go along with her long jump title from day one. Albany also posted a dominant showing in the relays, sweeping all three to earn 30 points as a team.
UMBC received a pair of outstanding efforts from Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md.) and Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md.). Jackson, who was the Most Outstanding Track Performer for the weekend, put on a show for the crowd at Binghamton, dominating the 100 and 200 meter dash events and breaking the conference record for both events in the process. Jackson’s time of 23.58 shattered the previous 200 meter record of 23.80 and her 11.68 showing in the 100 edged the old record by .01 seconds. Deller earned gold in both the shot put and the discus, winning the meet’s Most Outstanding Field Performer honors and the Coaches’ Award in the process.
The Most Outstanding Rookie for the women’s competition was Maine’s Jaclyn Masters (Auburn, Maine). The rookie claimed gold in the pole vault and was a part of the Black Bears’ 4x100 quartet that finished fourth.
UMBC earned Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year honors after the best finish ever in the America East Championship. It was also the best finish in the outdoor championship for Binghamton women, who took home Coaching Staff of the Year honors as a result.
For more information on the 2013 America East Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including final results and more, visit Championship Central on AmericaEast.com.