Binghamton University Men, Northeastern University Women Lead After Day 1 of America East Track and Field Championship
The Binghamton University men and Northeastern University women lead the 2004 America East Indoor Track and Field Championship after the first day of the two-day event held at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center on the Boston University campus.

The Binghamton men finished day one with 41 points followed by University of New Hampshire (34 points), Northeastern (30.5), University at Albany (26.50), University of Maine (20.50), Boston University (18), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) (12.5), and Stony Brook University (11).

The Northeastern women totaled 50 points. New Hampshire placed second (42) while Albany (40), Maine (25), Binghamton (21), Vermont (18), Boston University (18), Stony Brook (16) and UMBC (3) rounded out the field.

The Bearcat men performed solidly in the day’s field events. Binghamton dominated the weight throw as Andrew Cloud grabbed a first-place finish with a throw of 56’ 6.75”. Four other Bearcats chalked up points as Eric Opuana (54’ 8.75”), Gabe Fletcher (52’ 1.75”) and Paddy Hennessy (49’ 9.75”) combined with Cloud to score 20 points for the Bearcats. Rory Quiller also turned in a first-place finish in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 15’ 9”, while Rafiq Umar collected eight points with his second-place finish in the long jump (22’ 9.25”).

Other individual winners included Paul Roche of Albany, who grabbed 10 points for the Great Danes with his jump of 23’ 2.5” in the long jump, while Dan Coval of Boston University paced all runners in the men’s 5000-meter with a time of 14:37.53.

In the 200-meter preliminaries, Northeastern’s Idris Payne broke his own America East Championship record with a time of 21.61. Payne bested his old time of 21.76 set last year.

The Northeastern women collected three first-place finishes and set two America East Championship records during the day. Laura Chmielewski took first and set a new conference record in the pole vault with a jump of 12’ 3.5” and Ahndraea Allen set a new America East record in the 200-meter preliminaries, breaking her old record with a time of 24.28. In the long jump, Aquila Williams-Judge turned in the Huskies third first-place finish as she jumped 18’ 5.75”.

Lauren Knight grabbed 10 points for New Hampshire as she captured first in the women’s pentathlon with 3428 overall points. Knight threw for 42’ 5.5” in the shot put and recorded a jump of 16’ 3.25” in the long jump.

Other first-place finishers in today’s finals included Kristal Kostiew of Vermont and Megan Hepp of New Hampshire. Kostiew won the weight throw for the fourth consecutive year as she recorded a NCAA provisional qualifying throw of 61’ 7.75”. Hepp also grabbed 10 first-place points for her team as she won the 5000 with a time of 17:04.98.

The 2004 America East Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championship concludes Saturday, February 21 with Day 2 of the competition. Events will begin at 11:00 a.m.