Sixth-Straight #AETF Championship Sweep for Albany
BURLINGTON, Vt. – The 2014 America East Outdoor Track & Field Championship concluded at the home of the Catamounts with the Great Danes sweeping the league meet for the sixth year in-a-row. The Albany men continued their dynasty run as they won their 10th-straight title with 208 points and the women earned their sixth-consecutive crown with 195.5 points.
On the men’s side, the UMBC Retrievers were the runners up for the second-straight year (165 pt.) and their coaches earned Coaching Staff of the Year for their outstanding direction. Maine (124) and Binghamton (108) took third and fourth once again, while Vermont grabbed fifth place with 87 points. The final four spots went to New Hampshire (79), UMass Lowell (55), Stony Brook (20) and Hartford (10).
Vermont had their best program finish since they took home the trophy in 2001, tallying 142.50 points to receive the runner-up trophy and their peers’ vote as the 2014 women’s Coaching Staff of the Year. Binghamton (131), UMBC (129) and New Hampshire (107) finished out the top-five. UMass Lowell and Stony Brook tied for sixth place with 46 points apiece, Maine netted 36 points for eighth and Hartford rounded out the field in ninth with 24 points.
- Vermont’s Brittney St. Clair opened up the second day of the America East outdoor events finishing out the women’s heptathlon with 5054 points for a first-place victory and was named women’s Most Outstanding Field Performer for her efforts. She also competed in the high jump and tied for second (1.70m).
- Kareem Morris collected a trio of top-three finishes over the course of the weekend to earn the Coaches Award recognition with 26.5 points. He had a victory in the long jump (7.16m), a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash (10.67) and was third in the 200-meter dash (21.38). He was also part of the winning 4x100 relay that ran 41.05, which just missed the meet mark of 41.00.
- Mercedes Jackson tallied 22.5 points off of a first-place win in the 100-meter dash, second in the 200 dash, ran a leg in the runner-up 4x100 relay (46.19) and started out on the blocks in the victorious 4x400 relay squad (3:48.20). Jackson was honored as the Most Outstanding Track Performer for her efforts as voted on by the coaches and also earned Coaches Award for collecting the most points of any women’s track or field performer over the course of the weekend.
- UMBC’s Dennison Long was once again voted as the men’s Track Performer of the meet as he took home gold medals in the 100 and 200-meter dashes to beat the previously standing 2012 (10.52) and 2011 (21.22) records, crossing the line in 10.37 in the 100 and 21.12 in the 200. He also played a part in the second-place 4x100 relay (41.62).
- Justin Gagne made Maine history as he was the first Black Bear to be named the men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer of the meet. He was victorious in the discus and shot put with a discus hurl of 171-04, more than more than 14 feet further than the next competitor, and a shot put toss of 55-04.75.
- Binghamton’s Keishorea Armstrong finished with the second-most points of any female competitor (14.5) as she grabbed bronze medals in the 100 (11.80) and 200-meter (24.33) sprints and was the anchor in the gold-medal 4x100 relay (46.17), earning her the coaches’ unanimous vote as the Most Outstanding Rookie on the women’s side.
- Albany’s Nathan Hiett was uncontested as the 2014 male Most Outstanding Rookie of the meet as he cleared the bar in the pole vault at a height of 5.10 meters (16-08.75) for first place.
- Trae Proctor shattered his record in the 110-meter hurdles for the second time this weekend, beating his previous preliminary record of 14.06 with a time of 14.01.
- Yolanda Ngarambe reset the women’s 800-meter record with a new standard of 2:07.02 (2:07.25, 2010).
- The 100-meter dash saw two sprinters best the 2013 record of 11.68 as Mercedes Jackson beat her own mark in 11.60 seconds with UMass Lowell’s Taelor Murphy finishing shortly behind in 11.65.
- The top-two finishers of the 100 dash switched places as in the 200-meter as River Hawk Murphy reset Jackson’s record from 2013 (23.58) as she raced to a 23.44 second finish with Jackson just behind her at 23.58.
- Kelton Cullenberg took home the gold for the Black Bears in the 5,000-meter run for the second straight year, topping a field of 36 runners in 14:29.35, while Albany’s Silvia Del Fava took first on the women’s side in 16:48.18.
- The Albany men finished 1-2-3 in the men’s 400 dash, with Taariq Jones, Jason Tomlinson and Jonathan Santana posting times of 48.16, 48.66 and 48.91, respectively, to help jump start the Great Danes high-scoring day.
- UMBC’s women’s team took the top-three spots in the 400 as Deborah Adelola (55.84), Marie Yuille (56.20) and Kirsten Jones (56.47) tallied 24 points for the Retrievers.
Most Outstanding Track Performer – Mercedes Jackson, UMBC
Most Outstanding Field Performer – Brittney St. Clair, UVM
Most Outstanding Rookie – Keishorea Armstrong, Binghamton
Coaches Award – Mercedes Jackson (22.5 pt.)
Coaching Staff of the Year – Vermont
Most Outstanding Track Performer– Dennison Long, UMBC
Most Outstanding Field Performer– Justin Gagne, Maine
Most Outstanding Rookie – Nathan Hiett, Albany
Coaches Award – Kareem Morris, Albany (26.5 pt.)
Coaching Staff of the Year - UMBC