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Week 7 #AETF Awards Feature National Rankings

Release: 02/11/2014
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three of this week’s four Indoor Track and Field award winners currently rank in the top-30 nationally in their respective events. Here’s a look at this week’s award winners:


Women’s Indoor Track Performer of the Week
Olivia Burne, Sr., Stony Brook
Palmerston, New Zealand

  • Placed first among collegiate athletes and fourth overall with a 4:38.28 mile.
  • Ranks 11th nationally for her second-best personal time.
  • Qualified for the ECACs for the second time this season.
  • Time of 4:38.10 at Boston University’s Terrier Invite on Jan. 18th still ranks 8th nationally for the 2013-14 season.

Women’s Indoor Field Performer of the Week
Brittany St. Clair, Sr., Vermont
Whitehall, N.Y.

  • Matched her personal-best record in the high jump as she leapt to a fifth-place finish of 1.75 meters.
  • High jump mark ranks first among America East competitors.
  • Bounded 5.54 meters to tie for 11th in the long jump for a new personal record.
  • Long jump record ranks third among AE field athletes.

Men’s Indoor Track Performer of the Week
Robert Allen, Jr., UMass Lowell
Cranston, R.I.

  • Continued his assault on the UMass Lowell record book clocking in at 4:00.35 in the mile.
  • Surpassed own school record of 4:02.58, established just two weeks ago.
  • Placed 10th in a field of 307 competitors at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational.
  • Time is the 14th fastest nationally and sits atop of America East rankings.

Men’s Indoor Field Performer of the Week
Youssef Benzamia, Fr., Albany
Nice, France

  • Won the college section of the long jump in 24’5.75”.
  • Mark is knotted for second on Albany’s all-time indoor list with Fred Casimo (2010).
  • Currently ranks 28th nationally.
  • Leap beats all America East competitors by more than a foot.

Around the League – Women’s

  • Alicia Clark led the Vermont women on the track with a sixth-place finish to score in the championship section of the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:59.71 to rank 54th nationally.
  • Hartford’s Sam Crisafulli broke the three-minute mark in the 1,000 meters to finish 16th at the BU Valentine Invitational with a season-best 2:59.09.
  • Maggie Fuller of Hartford cleared a height of 1.55 meters in the high jump to set a new career-best record.
  • Emily Boardman set a new personal-best in the weight throw, recording a final toss of 51’1.75”, besting her previous mark of 48’8.25” at Holy Cross. She cracked the top-10 in the event (ninth), the only Maine entrant to do so.
  • Silvia Del Fava won the championship section of the 3,000-meter run in 9:33.50 to set a new indoor record for Albany.
  • Rochelle Reid leapt to an eighth-place finish for Albany in the high jump with a mark of 5’6.5”.
  • Sara Daly set season-best times in both the 800 and 1,000-meter runs, breaking the UMBC school record in the longer event, at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Her time of 2:14.63 in the 800 was the top-finish and currently ranks fourth among AE runners.
  • Elizabeth Monty sprinted to victory in the 500-meter to highlight another strong performance led by the UMass Lowell women’s track and field team, finishing at 1:13.56.
  • Candace Greene took third place in the shot put with a toss of 45’9.75” to finish second among collegiate competitors. Her hurl ranks seconds among AE throwers, just behind herself.

 

Around the League – Men’s

  • Three schools records fell as UMBC competed at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York. In the 1,000 meter run Jake Albino (2:25.48) and Sarah Daly (2:53.04) notched the top-spots in the Retriever record book.
  • Hassan Omar of UMBC broke the school record in the 5,000 event as he crossed the line at 14:32.71 to finish second overall and rank 66th nationally. He snapped one of the longest standing marks (1981).
  • Jess Garn won the men’s 1,000 at the Amory Collegiate Invitational as he clocked in a time of 2:21.99.
  • Maine hurler Justin Gagne was just short of coming in first in the shot put with a final distance 56’11.5”, which ranks 81st in the nation. His best throw of the year came  at UNH, in which he kicked of the season with a record breaking toss of 60’5” to rank 33rd nationally.
  • John DeLallo of Albany placed seventh in the championship section of the 1,000-meter sprint at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a season-best time of 2:25.82.
  • Jordan Crump-King of Hartford bounded to a mark of 14.3 meters to finish fifth in the triple jump, just 0.03 meters short of the school record.
  • Maine’s Jake Leithiser shattered his season top-time of 1:06.43 in the 500 meter, coming in at 1:02.95. His time, which was just .23 seconds off the school record, was good for a first-place showing in a field of 78 entrants.
  • Vermont's Colby Cunningham and Aaron Szotka had respectable showings at the Amory Invitational, as they each had top-10 finishes in their respective events. Cunningham was slated eighth in the long jump (7.10 meters) and Sztoka grabbed second in the 3,000 event (8:33.49).

 

2013-14 America East Indoor Track and Field Weekly Award Winners

Dec.    10 – Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Taelor Murphy, UMass Lowell

                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Candace Greene, UMass Lowell

                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: Kelton Cullenberg, Maine

                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Justin Gagne, Maine

          17 - Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Taelor Murphy, UMass Lowell

                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Kristie Mitcha, UMass Lowell

                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: John Prizzi, New Hampshire

                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Garrett King, UMass Lowell

Jan.    14 - Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Kathryn Fanning, Albany

                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Candace Greene, UMass Lowell

                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: Christopher Buchanan, Albany

                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Alexander Bowen, Jr., Albany

          21 – Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Silvia Del Fava, Albany

                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Caroline Bonsaint, New Hampshire

                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: James Reed, Maine

                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Nathaniel Meade, Maine

          28 – Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Olivia Burne, Stony Brook

                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Paige Vadnais, Albany

                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: Robert Allen, UMass Lowell

                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Martin Kallur, Vermont

Feb.    4  –  Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Mercedes Jackson, UMBC

                 Women’s Co-Field Performer of the Week: Candace Greene, UMass Lowell

                 Women’s Co-Field Performer of the Week: Robyn McFetters, Maine

                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: Andrew Smith, UMBC

                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Wilson Adams, Maine

Feb.    11 - Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Olivia Burne, Stony Brook

                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Brittany St. Clair

                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: Robert Allen, UMass Lowell

                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Youssef Benzamia, Albany

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