Updated: May 03, 2011 4:05 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
— Four America East student-athletes closed out their regular seasons with season-best performances. On the men’s side, University at Albany senior Alie Beauvais (Hempstead, N.Y./Hempstead) earned Track Performer of the Week honors while University of New Hampshire senior Mike Simon (Durham, Conn./Durham) grabbed Field Performer of the Week accolades. For the women, Binghamton University sophomore Jessica Hennig (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) ran to Track Performer of the Week recognition and Albany junior Catie Coxon (Delanson, N.Y./Duanesburg) took the Field Performer of the Week nod.
Beauvais placed third in the Penn Relays’ 400-meter intermediate hurdles with an America East season-best time of 51.08 seconds, lowering his IC4A-qualifying standard. The senior also ran the 400-meter leg on the eighth-place distance medley relay. His split of 47.05 led the relay to their top mark of the spring, hitting the tape in 9:45.02. This is Beauvais’ second weekly honor this season.
Simon won the javelin event last week at the prestigious Penn Relays. Simon placed first in the 31-thrower field of the College Division of the javelin with a toss of 64.50 meters. Simon, who qualified for the IC4A Championships and NCAA Championships, earned his second performer of the week honor of the spring with his America East season-best throw at the Penn Relays.
Hennig broke her own school record in capturing the women’s 400 meters at the Cornell Big Red Invitational. Her first-place time of 55.43 eclipsed her 2010 mark of 56.09. Hennig’s time is the best in the conference in the 400 meters this season.
Coxon won both the discus and shot put at the Capital District Classic at Ned Harkness Track in Troy, N.Y., on April 30. The junior threw a season-best 156’ 9”, an ECAC-qualifying effort, to finish first in the discus. Her mark in the discus is tops in America East this spring. She won shot put with a toss of 40’ 0.75”.
University at Albany competed at the Penn Relays and at the Capital District Classic last week. At the Penn Relays, senior Alie Beauvais (Hempstead, N.Y./Hempstead) placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 51.08 seconds. Beauvais also sprinted 47.05 on his 400-meter leg as a member of the eighth-place distance medley relay. Senior Nasim Siddeeq (New Hampton, N.Y./Goshen Central) took third in the Eastern triple jump by leaping 50’ 1.75” on his third attempt. Albany’s 4x200-meter relay recorded a third-place showing in the IC4A race. The squad was clocked in 1:25.61, just off the school record (1:25.43) that was established in 2009. Sophomores Jake Rachiele (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) and Jonathan Santana (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) each ran sub-21-second splits on the third and fourth legs. Senior Wilfredo de Jesus Elias (Arroyo, Puerto Rico/Natividad Rodriguez Gonzalez) was sixth in the hammer throw (190’ 10”), his fifth top-six finish of the spring. Senior Fred Casimo (Cohoes, N.Y./Shaker) placed 11th in the Eastern long jump (22’ 10.50”). Sophomore Ethan Clary (Schylerville, N.Y./Schuylerville Central) improved his IC4A-qualifying time as he finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:05.45). Sophomore Royston Souvenir (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker Academy) ran 56.11 to claim first in the 400-hurdles at Capital District Classic. At the Penn Relays, senior Yushanni Durrant (Montego Bay, Jamaica/Mount Alvernia) led the Great Dane women as she tuned up for the America East meet by placing ninth in the long jump with a season-best 19’ 3.25” and eighth in the triple jump (39’ 6”). She was also a member of the fourth-place shuttle hurdles relay. Freshman Kathryn Fanning (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) led the 4x800-meter relay to an 18th-place finish with a time of 9:15.92, bettering the ECAC standard. Fanning ran the second leg in 2:13.90. The freshman also anchored the sprint medley relay to 15th place in 4:00.89, the squad’s best time of the year. Senior Jenn Pierson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) finished 14th in the 3,000-steeplechase and qualified for the ECAC Championship (10.47.61). Sophomore Alli Rogers (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst Central) ran the anchor leg on the 4x400-meter relay that qualified for ECACs in 3:50.36. Junior Catie Coxon (Delanson, N.Y./Duanesburg) won two events, discus and shot put, at the Capital District Classic, tossing a season-best 156’ 9” in the discus to improve her ECAC-qualifying distance. Senior Christen Griffin (Waldorf, Md./Maurice J. McDonough) was among five other individual winners, as she sprinted to victory in the 100-meter dash (12.74) at Ned Harkness Track.
Binghamton University competed at a pair of meets last week, starting out at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., before heading to Ithaca, N.Y., to compete in the Cornell Big Red Invitational. Junior Robb Quiller (West Point, N.Y./James I. O’Neil) won the men’s pole vault and sophomore Jeff Martinez (Binghamton, N.Y./Johnson City) broke his own school record in the men’s 10,000 meters, highlighting Binghamton’s performance at the three-day Penn Relays. Quiller, who has won the past two America East outdoor pole vault titles, cleared a winning height of 15’ 7”. Sophomore Adam Helman (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) was eighth (15’ 3”). Martinez placed fourth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 29:48. He is the first Binghamton runner ever to break 30 minutes in the event, having held the previous program record of 30:05.46 (set in 2010). The men’s 4x400 relay team of sophomore Casey Gilbert (Berlin, N.Y./Berlin Central) and seniors Christian Smith (Trumansburg, N.Y./C.O. Dickerson), Andy Haupt (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) and Cazal Arnett (Queens, N.Y./Christ the King), placed fourth with a time of 3:10.04. Arnett also joined junior Jesse McCormick (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) and fellow seniors Erik van Ingen (Marathon, N.Y./Marathon) and Casey Quaglia (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) to finish seventh in the distance medley relay (9:45.17), shattering the 2003 program record of 10:43.43. At the Big Red Invitational, Quiller again took first in the pole vault, clearing a height of 15’ 9”. For the Binghamton women, sophomore Jessica Hennig (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) broke her own school record in capturing first place in the 400-meter dash. Her first-place time of 55.43 eclipsed her 2010 mark of 56.09. Hennig has won the past two America East indoor titles in the 400 meters.
Boston University competed at both the Penn Relays and Stonehill College’s Skyhawk Invitational last week. At the Penn Relays, the men’s 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay squads placed third in the IC4A finals. In the 4x100-meter relay, junior Tewado Latty (Kingston, Jamaica/White Plains (N.Y.)), senior Joel Senick (Saskatoon, Sask./Holy Cross) and sophomores Duran Ward (Pittsburgh, Pa./Todd Beamer (Wash.)) and R.J. Page (Swedesboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional) teamed up for a third-place finish with a time of 41.32. Page, Latty, freshman Stephen Vitale (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and Senick later finished third in the 4x400 meters after crossing the finish line in 3:09.49. Senior Whitney Ford (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) highlighted the women’s contingent with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump Eastern final (12.31 meters). At the Skyhawk Invitational, senior Dan Withrow (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) set a meet record in the discus with a 48.36-meter throw and placed first in the shot put with a 16.38 meter mark. Junior Matt Paulson (Manchester, N.H./Manchester Central) and freshman Blake Edwards (Nashville, Tenn./Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet) also garnered wins for the Terriers. Paulson captured the 1,500-meter title with a time of 3:57.02, while Edwards won the long jump with a 7.14-meter leap. On the women’s side, senior Amanda Howard (San Antonio, Texas/William Howard Taft) won the 400-meter dash.
In its final tune-up before the America East Championship, University of Hartford scored three top finishes and set a pair of school records at the UMass Amherst Pre-Conference Meet. The men’s squad placed sixth out of six teams with 92 points while the women finished with 54 points for fifth out of five squads. For the men, junior Andrew Chalmers scored the Hawks’ lone individual title when he destroyed the competition in the 3,200-meter run, besting his closest competitor by more than 10 seconds (9:11.92). The Hawk men cleaned up in the relays with two gold medals. In the 4x100, the foursome combined for a time of 42.26, setting a new program mark in the process while the 4x400-meter team took top-billing when it finished in 3:19.26. Freshman Josh Ugwuneri led the way in the field when he took third in the javelin with a school-record-breaking hurl of 55.71 meters. On the women’s side, the 4x100-meter team fell short of conference-foe New Hampshire but took second place when it posted a time of 49.94. Nicolle Adams, a junior, put together an impressive day both on the track and in the field. After placing seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (15.94), Adams went on to hit a distance of 5.23 meters to take fourth in the long jump.
University of Maine competed at the Penn Relays in its final meet before the America East Championships. For the men, junior Trevor England (Auburn, Maine/Poland) took 10th in the Eastern division triple jump with a top-10 school mark of 46’ 7.25” at the Penn Relays. On the women’s side, senior Alli Krous (Yakima, Wash./Walla Walla CC) led the way for the Black Bears. Krous took second in the javelin in the college division at the Penn Relays with a mark of 146’ 10”. The mark is among the top-three in school history and is a season best for Kraus, who has already qualified for the ECAC Championships.
UMBC broke three school records at the Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field this weekend. The men’s shuttle-hurdles relay team of seniors Keith Brown (Columbia, Md./McDonough), Dominic Devaud (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and Keith Onto (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro/St. Francis (PA)) and sophomore Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) finished seventh in a school-record time of 59.24, shattering the previous record of 1:01.64 set in 1993. In the men’s distance-medley relay, the team of senior Michael Christmas (Invercargill, New Zealand/James Hargest College), junior Joshua Hewitson (New Market, Md./Linganore), freshman Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) and senior Chris Snyder (McConnellsburg, Pa./McConnellsburg) broke the UMBC mark in 10:02.99, almost three seconds faster than the previous record of 10:05.86, set two years ago. On the women’s side, the sprint-medley relay team of senior Britney Foreman (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), sophomore Ashley Ajayi (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton), freshman Deborah Adelola (Lanham, Md./Bladensburg) and senior Sara Parkinson (Chorley, England/Loughborough University) clocked in with a school-record time of 4:07.36.
University of New Hampshire sent a select few members to the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., and also took part in the UMass Pre-Conference Invitational on Saturday. The men’s team also competed at a quad meet at Holy Cross last Tuesday. At Holy Cross, the Wildcats placed second and captured four individual titles. The Wildcats were dominant in the 1,500 meters as they claimed the top six spots, led by graduate student Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska/Melvin Douglas), who won the race in a time of 3:54.30. Freshman Kevin Greene (Silver Spring, Md./Gonzaga) won the 800 meters in a time of 1:53.66. Junior Daniel DeCrescenzo (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) claimed first place in the 5,000 meters, clocking in at 15:24.55. Sophomore Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass./Saugus) was victorious in the high jump with a leap of 1.93 meters. At the Penn Relays, senior Mike Simon (Durham, Conn./Durham) led the Wildcats with a first-place finish in the College Division of the javelin with a throw of 64.50 meters. Graduate student Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) placed seventh in the championship hammer throw with a toss of 58.16 meters. The Wildcats rounded out the week with a fourth-place finish at UMass, headlined by five top-three finishes. For the Wildcat women, senior Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) finished fifth and set a school record in the triple jump Eastern Division with a mark of 12.23 meters. Senior Erica Jesseman (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) placed fourth in the 10,000-meter championship with a time of 35:11.19. The 4x800-meter relay team finished eighth in the College Division, crossing the finish line in a time of 8:58.98. At the UMass Pre-Conference Meet, the Wildcats placed third out of five teams and recorded four individual titles. Sophomore Allison Brehm (Pembroke, N.H./Pembroke) won the 100 meters in 12.52. Sophomore Rosemary Read (West Greenwich, R.I./Warwick) won the hammer throw with a toss of 50.34 meters. Graduate student Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) captured the 3000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:51.69. The quartet of junior Elizabeth Adejuyigbe (Penacook, N.H./Merrimack Valley), freshman Caroline Bonsaint (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet), sophomore Katherine Woods (Essex, Conn./Northwest) and Brehm teamed up to win the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 49.03.
Stony Brook University wrapped up competition at the Penn Relays on Saturday with a win and two school records. The women’s college 4x800-meter relay team, consisting of senior Lucy Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand/Wanganui Collegiate), junior Page Price (Tampa, Fla./Miami), junior Mary O’Connor (Waterford, Ireland/St. Angela’s Secondary School) and junior Kristal Conklin (Middletown, N.Y./Valley Central) won the event in a time of 8:51.33, also running an ECAC-qualifying time. Van Dalen, junior LaQuashia Hall (New York, N.Y./Norman Thomas), Price and sophomore Annie Keown (Auckland, New Zealand/Auckland University) set a new school record in the distance medley relay (11:31.92). The women’s sprint medley relay team, made up of junior Christina Johnson (Elmont, N.Y./Sewanhaka), freshman Katie Manzi (Swan Lake, N.Y./Sullivan West), Hall and Conklin, just missed a school record by 1.1 seconds, settling for 4:07.77. On the first day of the event, junior Hayley Green (Wellington, New Zealand/Victoria University) and senior Laura Huet (Carrickmines, Ireland/Loreto College Foxrock) represented Stony Brook. Green finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run, completing the race in 9:34.79. Her time was a season best by just under 10 seconds and qualified her for ECACs Huet took 18th in the 5,000 meters (17:12.27), an ECAC qualifying mark, competing in the Penn Relays for a second straight season. She ran a 16:54.18 last season. Junior Gerard Harley (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) highlighted the men’s performances, running a 14:36.34 in the men’s Olympic Development 5,000, narrowly missing out on an IC4A-qualifying time.
University of Vermont competed at the UMass Pre-Conference Invitational on Saturday in Amherst, Mass. The men finished fourth overall while the women finished second. Senior Raheen Bush (Fort Myers, Fla./Canterbury School) led the Catamount men in the running events. Bush placed first in the men’s 200 meters with a Vermont season-best time of 22.45. He also finished third as a member of Vermont’s 4x400-meter relay team. The Catamounts took two of the top three spots in the men’s 1,500 meters. Sophomore Ethan McBrien (Dublin, N.H./Contoocook Valley Regional) finished second in a time of 3:57.97, while junior Connor Jennings (Concord, N.H./Concord) finished in 3:58.16, good for third overall. Senior Sam Hoadley (East Granby, Conn./East Granby) set a school record in the javelin Saturday, winning the competition with a mark of 63.84 meters. Hoadley broke the previous record of 62.16 meters set by Casey Grant in 1992. His mark was second best in America East this season. Junior Mari Fourie (Waterloo, Ontario/Bluevale Collegiate Institute) paced the women in the running events as she won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.52. She also ran a 1:04.12 in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, good for second place. In the women’s javelin, freshman Nika Ouellette (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) won for the fifth time this season with a mark of 43.42 meters. Her nearest competition was sophomore teammate Elyse Ogletree (Wayland, Mass./Wayland), who finished second with a score of 39.46 meters. Sophomore Mary Krug (Essex, Vt./Essex) won the women’s pole vault for Vermont with a mark of 3.40 meters. It was her second-best result of the outdoor season. Vermont had three finishers in the top five of the women’s high jump. Freshman Brittany St. Clair (Whitehall, N.Y./Whitehall) came in first with a mark of 1.60 meters. Teammates Ase Lundin (Kullavik, Sweden/Universal School) and Valerie Moyer (Reston, Va./South Lakes) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the competition.
All nine America East universities will next compete at the 2011 America East Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The event will be hosted by UMBC in Baltimore Md., May 7-8. For more information on the track & field championships, visit Championship Central at AmericaEast.com.