2014 Indoor #AETF Preview
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 2014 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships kick off this weekend at The Armory in New York City. The field proves to be a wide-range of dedicated student-athletes who have broken both school and track records this year. In addition, this year’s field includes numerous track and field competitors who have posted performances that rank in the top-100 of the nation.
- A regionally-ranked women’s team that stands at 11th and men’s team that has climbed to 8th in the standings, have finished with standout results from numerous performers of the week on both sides of the track.
- Runner Silvia Del Fava holds the top-finishes in the league in the 3000-meter (9:33.50) and 5000-meter (16:39.70), which are nationally ranked at 91st and 65th, respectively.
- Kathryn Fanning, the first female performer of the week for Albany, currently sits in the top-12 in three separate events (1000m, 800m, mile).
- Alexander Bowen leapt to an eighth-ranked national high jump of 7’2.5”, while Youssef Benzamia bounded to a 37th-ranked distance of 24’5.75 in the long jump.
- Last year, Albany swept both genders with over 200 points apiece. The women racked up 233.50 while the men tallied 231.5.
- The women placed third in the league indoor meet last year with 124.50 points, while men’s team was the runner up at the AE grabbing 131 points.
- Currently, in the women’s pole vault, the team owns the top-three slots in Sarah Haley, Christy DiMichele and Camille Ginyard, a solid source of their ranking of 15th among Northeast teams.
- Jesse Garn, who won the 1,500 at the America East Outdoor Meet last year, is the top-seed for the Bearcats in the 1,000. He returns to the New York City Armory one week after competing in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games for a time that ranks him second by less than a second in the AE and 40th in the nation.
- Chris Fernandez and sophomore Adam McIe are the team’s top entrees in the 800 while freshman Eric Holt is slated to run in the mile.
- Megan Barry finished in the top-10 behind numerous seniors two events last year, including the 3,000 (9th, 10:08.15) and the 5,000 (8th, 17:36.94).
- Barry has performed at a high level this year as she broke a previous school standard in the 5,000, smashing the 2009 record by more than 30 seconds, clocking in at 17:04.73, a time that sits third in the conference.
- In the same meet in which Barry set a new record, Andrew Dwyer also bested a program record by just .50 seconds with a mark of 2:31.20 in the 1,000. His time ranks in the top-20 among league leaders.
- John Busque is also a leader for the Hawks as his 5,000-meter performance at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup (14:55.19) is slotted for sixth in the league.
- The men’s side is led by a trio of nationally ranked field athletes and a track competitor, all who fall under the 75th mark.
- Justin Gagne tossed a shot 60’5” to sit 38th in the nation and bests all AE hurlers by over seven feet.
- Nationally ranked James Reed (60-hurdles), Nathaniel Meade (triple jump) and Wilson Adams (weight throw) should all prove to finish in the uppermost portion of events, along with Kelton Cullenberg who has the top-time in the 5000-meter by more than five seconds.
- The men currently sit at 13 in the most recent Northeast poll.
- Robyn McFetters and Emily Boardmen take the top-two spots in the weight throw league rankings, with tosses of 52’8” and 51’1.75”, respectively.
- Women’s program is ranked 14th in the Mid-Atlantic Region, men’s is 13th.
- Mercedes Jackson ranks at the top of the league in the 60-meter and 200-meter sprints with top-100 nationally-slotted times of 2.41 (32nd) and 24.17 (81st), respectively.
- Jackson has three league awards under her belt in the two-years of championship meets she has participated in, including Top Rookie (2012), Most Outstanding Track Performer (2013) and Coaches’ Award (2013).
- Andrew Smith clocked in at 1:49.15 for a conference-best time in the 800-meter, a mark that is ranked 24th nationally.
- Senior Dennison Long was recognized as the Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Men’s team in 2013.
- Will be competing in their first Division I conference championship, though will not be eligible for NCAAs.
- Candace Greene’s top-toss bests all-America east throwers by over five feet (47’7”) in the shot put, which she threw at the 2013 Dartmouth Relays.
- Robert Allen looks to get his mile time below the four minute mark. He clocked in at 4:00.35 at the Boston U. David Hemery Valentine race for his best race of the season, a time that ranks in the top-25 nationally.
- Taelor Murphy and Elisabeth Monty own first and second, respectively, in the 400-meter, with marks of 55.34 and 55.41. Monty also tops AE sprinters in the 500-meter by two seconds (1:12.85).
- The men’s distance medley squad’s best time was 9:58.17, nearly a minute faster than all other league relay teams, a nationally ranked-time within the top-100.
- Rookie Elinor Purrier owns the 46th fastest mile time in the country, a 4:48.45 standard that she set during Northeastern's Joe Donahue Boston Collegiate Games, good for second in the conference. Purrier has also recorded a mark that sit her at first in the AE in the 1000-meter (2:48.06).
- John Prizzi, who finished first in the 2013 AE Cross Country Championship, looks to repeat in the 3000-meter as he won last year’s indoor meet with a pace of 8:23.74, good enough to meet the IC4A/ECAC standard. Prizzi’s personal standard (8:14.15) is currently the fastest time in the conference and is nearly 10 seconds better than his winning-finish last year.
- Olivia Burne is tiered in the top-20 among national runners as she raced to a mile time of 4:38.10, a time that bests last year’s winning pace of 4:46.64 and is just two seconds off the America East standard.
- Last year, a Stony Brook quartet that Burne was part of a second-place medley team. A 4x800 relay squad currently tallied a mark of 9:25.64, just behind Albany.
- Daniel Denis barely sits in second in America East rankings with a 3000-meter time of 8:14.25, .08 milliseconds behind UNH’s Prizzi.
- A team that looks to continue breaking school records is battling back for a chance at the AE title.
- Brittany St. Clair is tabbed as leading the women in the field events as she leads the league in the high jump (5’8.75), which was good enough to earn her Performer of the Week honors this year and sits her 56th nationally. St. Clair also sits at third in the long jump, just inches away from besting AE competitors.
- Martin Kallur, also a 2013-14 Indoor Performer of the Week, has made a mark in some field events. The hurdle ran to a 8.09 time in the 60-hurdles to rank second in the league and bounded over a 15’11” bar for a fourth place slot.
Log on to AmericaEast.com to view the Indoor Track & Field Championship Central page for schedules, past results and more. You can also follow along with the championship via the conference twitter account (@AmericaEast). Join in the conversation at the America East Track & Field Championships by using #AEChamps on Twitter and Instagram. Fans are also encouraged to take photos and use #AESelfie to have their photo show up on our photo album on AmericaEast.com and Facebook, as well as be retweeted on Twitter.