Courtesy: America East Communications

SBU, UVM, UMBC Earn Week 3 Outdoor #AETF Awards

Release: 04/08/2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Week three America East Outdoor Track & Field Awards were split among three institutions. UMBC took home both recognitions on the men’s side, while Stony Brook and Vermont earn their first outdoor honors of the season. Here’s a look at week three awards:

Women’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Week
Olivia Burne, Sr., Stony Brook
Palmerston North, New Zealand/Palmerston North High School

  • Won the 1500-meters in 4:22.98 to beat second-place Shannon Morton of Virginia Tech by nearly two seconds.
  • Time qualified for the ECACs.
  • Currently ranks 30th in the country and 15th in the east.

Women’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Week
Nika Ouellette, Sr., Vermont
East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora

  • Collected her best javelin mark with a 43.86 meter throw.
  • Mark was good enough for first.
  • Bested second place by more than three meters.
  • Throw ranks 80th in the nation and 30th in the east.

Men’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Week
Trae Proctor, Sr., UMBC
Brandywine, Md., Thomas Stone

  • Shattered his own school record in the 100-meter hurdles.
  • Clocked in at 14.05 for a conference-best time.
  • Finished 19th in a field of 50.
  • Mark ranks 31st in the country and 15th in the east.

Men’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Week
Vincent Rentzsch, So., UMBC
Oranienburg, Germany/Elite Sportschule Potsdam

  • Recorded a weekend-best toss of 63.38 meters in the javelin throw.
  • Placed sixth out of more than 20 athletes in the javelin.
  • His season best heave (66.09m) tops conference competitors.
  • Most recent toss ranks 61st among all NCAA Division I javelin throws and 40th in the east.
  • Recognition is his second of the season.

Around the League – Women’s

  • Megan Barry set the school record in the 5000-meter run with a time of 17:06.01, good enough to be ranked 91st in the east.
  • The Hawks’ Sprint Medley Relay team of Kafesha Thomas, Merrica Modeste, Tiffany Harrison and Sam Crisafulli finished eighth at the Colonial relays with a time of 4:13.38. The 4x1500-meter relay team of Barry, Jennifer Flores, Sara Buckley and Mikela Freeman set a school record with a time of 19:37.67.
  • Vermont’s Kristen Weberg sits at 68th nationally with a 3000-meter steeplechase victory time of 10:42.92.
  • Michelle Anthony of Albany placed first in the 100-meter hurdles (14.37), second in the 400-meter hurdles and was part of the winning 4x100-meter relay squad (47.18). Teammate Samantha Kosa hurled a new school shot put mark of 14.20 meters (46’7.25”).
  • Vermont finished with 177.5 points at AIC and won seven individual events on the women's side. Brittany St. Clair won the high jump (1.63m), Charlotte Mintzer's distance of 45.47 meters was the top-mark in the hammer, Sydney Kurtic posted a throw of 39.74 meters to win the discus. In a photo finish, Sydney Durand took the 800-meter by 0.13 seconds (2:17.50), while Nikki Braceras (17:14.95) and Alicia Clark (17:38.32) swept the top-two spots in the 5000-meter.
  • UMBC’s Cody Mezebish posted a career-best time of 4:34.55 in the 1500-meter run to rank sixth in the conference.
  • UMBC had a pair of season-best performances in Mercedes Jackson (100m-11.71) and Paulette Fogle (400m hurdles-1:01.59). Sarah Daly recorded a career-best 4:35.65 in the 1,500-meter run.
  • Ashten Hackett was responsible for 20 of Maine’s team points as she collected a second place finish in the 200-meter dash (26.82) and a third place finish 100-meter hurdles (14.67). She was also part of the 4x100-meter relay that crossed the line at third (50.05). Teammate Jaclyn Masters was also part of that relay squad. Masters tallied 21 points with a victory in the pole vault (3.42m) and grabbed third place in the 200-meter (26.97).
  • Seawolf Christina Melian qualified for the ECACs with a sixth-place finish of 16:34.35 in the 5000-meter run.
  • Rosemary Read won the hammer throw for UNH with a 52.35 measurement, while Lauren Perrodin notched three victories, including the 100-meter (12.19), 200-meter (26.10) and was part of the winning 4x100-meter relay quartet (48.15).
  • UNH’s women's track & field team scored 259.50 points and placed first in its home opener. Molly Clark grabbed eighth in the 100-meter (13.14). Elyse Beattie placed second (4:47.35), Brittany Hunt followed in third place (4:50.57), Meagan Boucher earned fourth (4:51.40) and Amber Short took seventh (5:10.16) in the 1500. Stephanie Walsh won the discus (131’5.0”), while Abby Huntress (38’3.5”) and Abigail Kaplan (35’4.0”) closed out the meet for the Wildcats by placing in the shot put.

Around the League – Men’s

  • George Jumpp recorded a first-place and personal-best mark of 55.77 meters in the hammer throw in New Hampshire’s home meet. Teammate Seth Sheridan placed in three events, including the 200-meter (2nd-22.89), 100-meter (4th-11.21) and was part of the 4x400-meter relay (3rd-3:29.57).
  • The UNH men tallied 172 points to place second. Christopher Poggi (1:54.09) and Drew Piazza (1:54.34) swept the top-two spots in the 800-meter race. Jacob Kittredge and Nathan Kittredge also placed in the event, with Jacob earning sixth (1:57.88) and Nathan taking eighth (1:59.21). Seth Sheridan (11.21) took fourth, Dylan Pelletier (11.34) earned fifth, Christopher DeCarlo (11.38) snagged sixth and Nicholas Sullivan (11.49) finished seventh in the 100-meter dash. Joseph Lemay finished fourth in the 400-meter dash (51.91), while Ross Hardy took sixth (52.09), Daniel Deschenes claimed seventh (53.08) and Cedric Masengere earned eighth (55.32). Renaud and Lynch followed in fourth and fifth place with hammer throws of 155’1.0” and 147’05”, respectively.
  • Jordan Crump-King finished second in the university division of the triple jump with a 13.80 meter mark at the Colonial Relays. Teammates Rashawn Providence and Robert Pepper finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the triple jump.
  • Binghamton sophomore Joe Miceli was victorious in the pole vault at the Princeton Invitational with a winning height of 4.90 meters (16’0.75”) to rank 99th nationally.
  • Romario Bailey of Vermont marked his outdoor track debut with a 100-meter dash time of 10.99 seconds for first place. Teammate Aaron Tenney leapt 1.93 meters to register second place in the high jump.
  • The Catamount men won four individuals events at AIC and won the meet by 37 points over UMass Amherst. Ryan Gerrity ran the fastest time in the 200-meter (22.34). Oliver Scofield took the 5000-meter (15:13.53) and Dan Moroney top the runners in the 10000-meter (30:53.08).
  • Maine’s Daniel Rourky collected 27 points off three first-place finishes in the 100-meter (10.95), 200-meter (22.16) and was a part of the 4x400-meter relay squad (3:22.50).
  • Nathaniel Meade dominated in his jumping events taking first in both the long (6.43m) and triple jump (14.43m) events against UNH.
  • Larry Ramirez of Albany won the 400-meter hurdles in 55.18 at the Dogfight. He also ran a leg of 49.6 in the victorious 4x400-meter relay team that clocked in at 3:20.98.
  • Youssef Benzamia won the long jump in 6.83 meters (22’5.0”). He also placed fifth in the triple jump (13.62m) and placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (56.05).
  • UMBC senior Dennison Long recorded a career-best time of 10.36 in the 100-meter dash, while Hassam Omar cut his personal-best in the 10000-meter to 30:29.58 finishing third, while Redatu Semeon leads the league in the 3000-meter steeplechase (9:22.27).
  • Chris Hand placed sixth for the Seawolves in the javelin throw with a 50.77 meter mark. He also finished sixth in the hammer throw on a 48.70 meter heave.


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

March 25 – Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Tynelle Taylor-Chase, Sr., Albany
                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Alisha Beeman, Jr., UMBC
                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: Dennison Long, Sr., UMBC

                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Vincent Rentzsch, So., UMBC
April 1 -      Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Kathryn Fanning, Sr., Albany
                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Paige Vadnais, So., Albany
                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: Robert Harris III, Fr., Albany
                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Matthew Catera, Sr., Albany
April 8 -      Women’s Track Performer of the Week: Olivia Burne, Sr., Stony Brook
                 Women’s Field Performer of the Week: Nika Ouellette, Sr., Vermont
                 Men’s Track Performer of the Week: Trae Proctor, Sr., UMBC
                 Men’s Field Performer of the Week: Vincent Rentzsch, So., UMBC