Vermont Women, Albany Men Lead after Day One #AETF #AEChamps
BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Vermont women and Albany men collected 69.20 and 63 points, respectively, to take the lead on day one of the 2014 America East Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
On the women’s side Albany and New Hampshire embark on day two tied for second (38), Binghamton is fourth (33.5) and Stony Brook is fifth (16). Rounding out the women are Maine and UMBC tied at sixth (14), Hartford eighth (8) and UMass Lowell in ninth (3). Following the Great Danes is UMBC with 50 points for second, New Hampshire with 41 for third, host Vermont tallied 37 and Maine put up 36 points for fifth. The final four spots saw Binghamton in sixth (25), UMass Lowell in seventh (16), Hartford in eighth (3) and Stony Brook grabbed the last spot (2).
The first day of competition saw records shattered and repeat competitors lengthen their streaks. Here’s a look at day one of the 2014 America East Outdoor Track & Field Championship:
- Vermont’s Nika Oullette made America East history by becoming the only woman to win the javelin four years in-a-row. Her toss of 46.55 meters (152-09) was good for 10 points and bested the field of competitors by over 3.5 meters.
- The outdoor championship saw three men’s records shattered in both track and field events day one.
- UMBC’s Trae Proctor opened the afternoon with a spectacular preliminary finish of 14.06 in the Men’s 100 Hurdles, a new mark that pushes aside his own championship record aside (14.33, 2013).
- Dennison Long of UMBC, the 2013 Most Outstanding Track Performer, currently leads sprinters in the 100-meter dash heading into day two with a wind-aided championship record of 10.37 seconds.
- Catamount Aaron Szotka ran the 10,000-meter for the first time in his career and didn’t disappoint as he broke the six-year standing record (2008, 30:41.69) with a time of 30:36.34.
- Following Szotka, UMBC’s Hassan Omar finished second for an ECAC IC4A qualifying time of 30:57.10 and New Hampshire’s Samuel Gagnon second at 31.12.24 for an NEICAAA qualifying mark.
- John Prizzi was a repeat victory in the 3000 meter Steeplechase at 9:06.44, besting last years’ time by more than five seconds (9:12.24), while Catamount Kirsten Weberg won on the women’s side for the second time in three years (10:43.26).
- In the women’s 10k, Nikki Braceras lead the way (34:53.83) with Hartford’s Megan Barry (35:23.11) and Catamount Alicia Clark (35:56.09) finished second and third, respectively.
- The hammer throw featured wins from New Hampshire on the women’s side and Maine on the men’s side, as Wildcat Rosemary Read tallied a throw of 52.16 meters (171-01) and Black Bear Wilson Adam’s best throw of the day came at the 58.46 meter mark (191-09).
- The pole vault saw victors in Albany’s Nathan Hiett and Binghamton’s Christy DiMichele as they cleared the bar at 5.10 (16-08.75) and 3.70m (12-01.5), respectively.
- UMass Lowell collected a top-finish with Davin O’Neill as he tossed the javelin 63.93 meters (209-09), with Maine’s Alexander Parenteau (58.86m) and Vermont’s Isaac Delabruere (57.14m) grabbing second and third.
- Vermont grabbed another top-finish as Cassie Marion leapt to a 5.49 meter (18-00.25) finish, while Kareem Morris took home another win for the Great Danes landing at 7.16 meters (23-06.00.)
The America East 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships continue into Sunday, with the first event kicking off at 9:00 a.m. The events will continue to be streamed LIVE for free on AmericaEast.TV and covered via social media on twitter (@AmericaEast, #AETF, #AEChamps).
For complete results, the day two schedule and more, visit Championship Central on AmericaEast.com.