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Boston U. junior Shelby Walton was part of three wins on her way to becoming the Track Performer of the Week.
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Four Student-Athletes Receive Weekly Honors

Release: 04/19/2011
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Four America East student-athletes from four different universities earned wins in their respective meets over the weekend to garner America East Performer of the Week accolades. On the men’s side, University of Maine sophomore James Reed (Garmisch, Germany/Munich Int’l School) took the Track Performer of the Week award while University of New Hampshire senior Mike Simon (Durham, Conn./Durham) earned the Field Performer of the Week honor. For the women, Boston University junior Shelby Walton (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) grabbed Track Performer of the Week recognition while Binghamton University sophomore Jenna Marrione (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) received the accolade of the Field Performer of the Week.

Reed took first in the 110 hurdles at the Wildcat Invitational II, hosted by New Hampshire. The sophomore posted a time of 14.67 in the hurdles, a time that ranks in the top-10 in Maine history and qualifies him for the IC4A meet. Reed also won the 200 meters with a time of 22.60.

Simon the reigning America East champion in the javelin, placed first out of 17 competitors in the event at the Wildcat Invitational II. The senior reached a mark of 64.19 meters, a distance that would have won the 2010 America East crown. The win was the second straight in the javelin for Simon after he won the event at the Wildcat Invitational on April 9.

Walton was part of three wins at the Brown Invitational in Providence, R.I. over the weekend. The junior secured first-place finishes in the 100-meter (12.18) and 200-meter (24.82) dashes. She was also a member of a relay win for the Terriers, as the 4x100-meter relay team collected a victory.

Marrione won the women’s pole vault at the Bucknell Outdoor Classic with a school-record height of 12’ 5.5”. That mark eclipsed the previous school-record mark of 12’ 2”, set by two-time NCAA Division II All-American Kate Mullins in 2001. Marrione’s mark is tops in America East this spring.

The University at Albany women competed at Army’s West Point Open, a non-scoring meet, on April 16. The Great Dane men were idle last week. Senior Tiffany Sprenkels (Squamish, British Columbia/Howe Sound) was one of eight individual winners for Albany with an ECAC-qualifying performance of 40’ 6.75” in the triple jump. Senior Yushanni Durrant (Montego Bay, Jamaica/Mount Alvernia) was a double-winner in the long jump and 100-meter dash. Durrant jumped 18’ 3.25” in the triple jump and sprinted 12.85 seconds in the 100 meters. Junior Catie Coxon (Delanson, N.Y./Duanesburg) posted her second-best effort of the season in winning the discus with a toss of 147’ 9”. Senior Christen Griffin (Waldorf, Md. /Maurice J. McDonough) had a first-place effort in the 100-meter hurdles while classmate Rebecca Kelly (Bayport, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) took the top spot in the 400-hurdles. Senior Tierra Chavis (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) also brought home a win in the 200-meter dash and junior Tenica Roberts (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) took first in the 400-meter dash. Senior Jenn Pierson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) was second in the 1,500 meters, junior Elia Francis (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Ursuline School) placed second in the 400 meters and freshman Ashley Grant (Highland Mills, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) was the runner-up in the high jump (5’ 5”).

Binghamton University competed at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic April 15-16. The Bearcat men and women combined for five individual winners and three school records. For the women, sophomore Jenna Marrione (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) captured the women’s pole vault with a school-record performance of 12’ 5.5”. That eclipsed the old mark of 12’ 2” set by former NCAA Division II All-American Kate Mullins back in 2001. In addition, Marrione’s height met the ECAC standard (12’ 1”). Other first-place efforts on the women’s side were turned in by Kelly Abbate (Northport, N.Y./Northport) in the 3,000 meters (10:46.21) and Ashley AuPont (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) in the high jump. On the men’s side, junior Robb Quiller (West Point, N.Y./James I. O’Neill) took top honors in the pole vault with an IC4A-qualifying height of 16’ 4.75”. Junior Nelson Hall (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale), meanwhile, finished in a six-way tie for first in the high jump (6’ 2.25”). Senior Adam Quinn (Clifton Park, N.Y./ Shenendehowa) broke his own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His third-place time of 9:08.50 surpassed his 2010 mark of 9:18.59. Also breaking his own school record was sophomore Jeff Martinez (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City), who was fourth in the 5,000 with a time of 14:22.69. He also established the old mark last year with a time of 14:26.58. Runner-up performances by Binghamton were turned in by Casey Gilbert (Berlin, N.Y./Berlin Central) in the men’s 400 hurdles (54.96) and Sara Wickes (Chester, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) in the women’s triple jump (35’ 8.75”). Up next for Binghamton is the Cornell Upstate Challenge on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

Boston University captured seven events as both the men and women competed at the Brown Invitational on Saturday. The women’s team garnered six wins, including junior Shelby Walton’s (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) first-place finishes in the 100-meter (12.18) and 200-meter (24.82) dashes. Walton was also a member of a relay win for the Terriers, as the 4x100-meter relay team collected a victory. In field events, sophomore Allison Barwise (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) captured the high jump (1.75 meters), while senior Whitney Ford (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) won the long jump with a 5.89-meter leap. Sophomore Marita Stressenger (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) was the first collegian to cross the finish line in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:14.26). On the men’s side, sophomore R.J. Page (Swedesboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional) collected the lone Boston U. win as he captured the 200-meter dash (22.11). Boston U. garnered eight additional top-five finishes, highlighted by senior Dan Withrow’s (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) performance in the discus. Withrow earned the best mark for a collegian with a 49.43-meter throw and also placed third in the shot put (15.11 meters). Juniors Ceylon Mitchell (Anchorage, Alaska/East Anchorage) and Matt Pereira (Woburn, Mass./Woburn Memorial) and freshmen Brian Leonard (Philadelphia, Pa./Malvern Prep) and Stephen Vitale (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) teamed for a second-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay (42.70). In the same event, Boston U.’s “B” team finished fifth (43.83). Vitale also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles (55.67) while sophomore Robert Gibson (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) secured a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter run (8:24.18). In the pole vault, sophomore Adam Weaver (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) tied for second (4.15 meters), while freshman Rafael Ayala (Novato, Calif./Novato) placed fifth (3.85 meters). The Terriers will be at the Holy Cross Invitational in Worcester, Mass., April 23.

The University of Hartford men’s and women’s teams combined for five top finishes at the Solomon Invitational hosted by Northeastern University on Saturday. Three individuals won their respective events while a pair of relays scored first-place honors in the meet, which was unscored. After scoring fourth in the 200 when he finished in 22.96, sophomore Ackeme Brown (Englewood, N.J./Dwight Morrow) went on to win the long jump, clinching the top spot with a season-best distance of 6.45 meters. Senior Jonas Hampton (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) took home a top finish in the 5,000 meters when he outran the competition by more than 23 seconds to clock in at 15:02.44. The men’s 4x100-meter squad tore up the track and won the event in 43.51. For the Hartford women, junior Nicolle Adams (Schoharie, N.Y./Schoharie) delivered a pair of stellar performances on the track and in the field. She ranked fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.31) and went on to win the long jump title with a mark of 5.30 meters. The 4x400 team raced to a time of 4:08.67, good for first place. The Hawks return to action on Wednesday, April 20 with the Holy Cross Multi-Event Meet, a two-day event, before returning to Worcester, Mass. on Saturday, April 23 for the Holy Cross Invitational.

University of Maine competed at the Wildcat Invitational II, hosted by America East foe New Hampshire, on April 16. The men received a strong performance from sophomore James Reed (Garmisch, Germany/Munich Int’l School), who won the 110-meter hurdles with a top-10 school time and IC4A-qualifying mark of 14.67. Reed also won the 200 meters with a time of 22.60. In the field, the Black Bear men were led by junior thrower Justin Gagne (Biddeford, Maine/Biddeford). Gagne placed second in the shot put with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 15.91 meters. He also placed second in the discus with a throw of 41.61 meters. Both are top-10 performances in school history. On the women’s side, Maine was led once again by junior Jesse Labreck (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee). Labreck won the 100 meters with a top-10 school time of 12.24 while also taking the triple jump with another top-10 performance of 39’ 11.50”. She was also on the victorious 4X100 relay team. The Black Bears are back in action April 23, when some members of the team will compete at the Holy Cross Invitational while others head to the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational.

The UMBC track and field team split up this past weekend, with part of the team going to the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., while the other portion competed at the Bucknell Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pa. With weather severely affecting the action at Bucknell, the best times of the weekend came down south. Senior Keith Onto (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro/St. Francis (PA)) finished fourth in the decathlon at the Sea Ray Relays with 7,025 points, while fellow senior Dominic Devaud (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) placed seventh with 6,627 points. Sophomore Chowan Brightful (New Market, Md./Linganore) finished eighth in the heptathlon with 4,128 points. Junior Imani Colbert (Upper Marlboro, Md./C.H. Flowers) finished 11th in the women’s 100-meter hurdles in a UMBC season-best time of 14.37. Sophomore Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) and senior Keith Brown (Columbia, Md./McDonough) both ran season-best times in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.69 and 14.74, respectively. Freshman Kirsten Jones (Brentwood, Tenn./M.L.K. Magnet) just missed two school records, finishing the women’s 200-meter dash in 24.91 and the 400-meter dash in 56.16. The UMBC marks are 24.41 and 56.00, respectively. Sophomore Ashley Ajayi (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton) ran a UMBC season-best time in the women’s 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.21. Sophomore Amanda Deller (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) finished eighth in the women’s shot put with a season-best mark of 14.45m (47’5”). UMBC returns to the track April 23 with part of the team in Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton Invitational while the rest of the team competes at the Morgan State Legacy Meet in Baltimore, Md.

University of New Hampshire hosted the Wildcat Invitational II on Saturday, April 16, in a non-scoring meet against Maine, Colby-Sawyer, Bowdoin and New England College. Individually on the men’s side, the Wildcats took home seven first-place finishes. Freshman Kevin Greene (Md./Gonzaga) won the 800 meters in a time of 1:56.74. Graduate student Tyler Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska/Melvin Douglas) won the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:58.19. Senior Alexander MacLeod (East Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) won the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 55.25. Sophomore Matthew Guarente (Saugus, Mass./Saugus) won the high jump with a leap of 1.98 meters. Junior Max Hoddwells (Wayne, Maine/Maranacook) won the long jump with a leap of 6.26 meters. In the throwing events, graduate student Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) won the hammer throw with a toss of 59.03 meters while senior Mike Simon (Durham, Conn./Durham) captured first place in the javelin with a throw of 64.19 meters. For the women, the Wildcats claimed nine first-place finishes. Senior Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) won the 200 meters in a time of 26.60. Sophomore Darcy James (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) finished first in the 800 meters in a time of 2:19.01. Junior Keely Maguire (Georgetown, Mass./Triton) won the 3,000m in a time of 10:05.38 while classmate Jennifer Racine (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill) placed first in the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 11:23.39. Junior Jacky Mendes (Dayton, Maine/Thornton) won the high jump with a leap of 1.52 meters. Graduate student Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) captured first place in the pole vault with a mark of 3.72 meters. Senior Camille Quarles (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) won the long jump with a mark of 5.62 meters. Senior Stephanie Walsh (Penacook, N.H./Merrimack Valley) won the discus with a throw of 36.15 meters and sophomore Rosemary Read (West Greenwhich, R.I./Warwick) took the top spot in the hammer throw with a toss of 49.44 meters. The Wildcats are back in action April 20-21 for the Holy Cross Heptathlon before heading to the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. April 22-23.

Stony Brook University competed at the Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Invite, hosted by University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., April 16. The Seawolves were led by Lucy Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand/Wanganui Collegiate), who won the 1,500 meters with a time 4:17.12. Freshman Olivia Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand/Palmerston North) took third in the event, posting a time of 4:29.69. For the men, junior Gerard Harley (Setauket, N.Y./) finished second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:36.12. The Seawolves will return for the Penn Relays, April 28-30.

University of Vermont competed Sunday afternoon at Dartmouth College in a tri-meet with Middlebury College. The men’s team finished 2nd overall with 46 points.  They were led in the field events by Dan Ciabattoni (Reading, Pa./Holy Name) who finished first overall in the long jump with a score of 6.67 meters. Ciabattoni also finished second in the high jump with a score of 1.85 meters. Senior Dan Cheney (Milton, Vt./Milton) finished first overall in the triple jump. His mark of 12.64 meters beat the closest competitor by almost a half-meter. Raheen Bush (Fort Myers, Fla./Canterbury School) led the men in the track events, finishing second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.32. He also finished third for the Catamounts in the 200 meters, finishing in 22.56. The Vermont women’s track and field team competed in four separate events last weekend. Kirsten Weberg (East Aurora, N.Y./East Aurora Senior) led the Catamounts at the Mt. SAC Relays, finishing 17th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a school-record time of 10:43.13. Morgan Powers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Indian Hill) also put in a strong performance, finishing 5th overall in the 10,000-meter Olympic Development race. She finished in 34:43.23, the second-fastest time in Vermont history. It was the second-fastest time in America East this season. At the Dartmouth Invitational on Sunday, the Catamounts finished second overall with 49 points. Nika Ouellette (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) continued her freshman campaign finishing first in the javelin with a mark of 43.26 meters. Mari Fourie (Waterloo, Ontario/Bluevale Collegiate Institute) won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.73. She also finished second overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.34. The Catamounts compete at Princeton on April 22-23 and at in-state rival Middlebury April 23.

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