BOSTON – On an unusually warm Friday in February, America East track and field teams met at Boston University for the 2017 America East Indoor Track and Field Championship.
After competing in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Albany’s Grace Claxton broke an America East meet record in her first event. With a time of 53.73, Claxton topped her own record time in the women’s 400-meter dash, which she set in 2015.
2017 America East Indoor Track & Field Championship Team Standings (Through Day 1)
1. Albany 45 points
2. Binghamton 44.50
3. Vermont 36
4. New Hampshire 27.50
5. Maine 26
6. UMass Lowell 20
7. Stony Brook 19
8. Hartford 7
9. UMBC 6
1. Albany 52 points
2. Binghamton 38
3. UMass Lowell 29
4. New Hampshire 17
5. UMBC 14
6. Vermont 13
7. Hartford 12
8. Stony Brook 11
9. Maine 9
Day 1 Highlights
Binghamton senior Sarah Haley went back-and-forth with Vermont senior Grace Weisbecker in an exciting finish to the women’s pole vault and eventually came out with a gold medal height of 3.80 meters.
In the men’s weight throw, Albany senior Jonathan Eustache took the gold with a distance of 19.19 meters.
Freshman Terrel Davis became the first ever Hartford student-athlete to win gold in the men’s long jump with a jump of 7.11 meters.
UMass Lowell sophomore Vladimir Popusoi won the men’s pole vault in exciting fashion, clearing 5.05 meters.
Albany took the top two spots on the podium in a fast finish to the men’s 5000-meter, with junior Ryan Udvadia claiming gold in a time of 14:32.61.
In the women’s 5000-meter, UMass Lowell senior Jaclyn Solimine won a gold medal with a time of 16:50.02.
Albany’s Chinwe Igwe was the gold medal winner in the women’s weight throw, breaking her own meet record, which she set last year. Her distance of 20.03 meters was nearly three meters farther than the second-place finisher.
In the women’s pentathlon, Maine senior Grace MacLean took home the gold with 3760 points. New Hampshire junior Emma Checovich won silver with 3475 points and Albany senior Mary Adeyeye won bronze with 3457.
It was a pair of firsts for the UMass Lowell River Hawks to round out Day 1. Both the men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams won their first ever gold in the event.
The Championship resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. on AmericaEast.TV.