Courtesy: America East Communications

More Records Fall as Albany Wins Men's and Women's #AETF Indoor Championship

Release: 02/25/2017

BOSTON – For the fifth straight year, the University at Albany swept the men’s and women’s America East Indoor Track and Field Championship. Albany has now won 12 straight titles on men’s side and 14 of the last 15 indoor championships. It is the fifth straight championship for the women, who have now won seven of the last eight.

New Hampshire's Elinor Purrier won the women's Most Outstanding Track Performer after winning gold in the 800-meter run. She broke a meet record that stood since 1991.

Stony Brook's Kaylyn Gordon was awarded women's Most Outstanding Field Performer and Coaches Award. She won a gold medal in both the long jump and triple jump.

Tori Johnson was named Most Outstanding Rookie on the women's side. The UMBC freshman won a silver medal in the 500-meter dash and was part of the Retriever's gold medal realy team in the 4x400.

After breaking two meet records, Binghamton senior Jon Alkins took home both the Most Outstanding Track Performer Award and Coaches Award. Atkins set records in the 60-meter prelims and 200-meter finals, both of which events resulted in gold medals.

Stefan Buechele won the men's Most Outstanding Field Performer. The Albany senior won the heptathalon with 5133 total points.

The men's Most Outstanding Rookie was awarded to Hartford freshman Terrel Davis. Davis became the first Hartford student-athlete to win the long jump.

The Elite 17 Awards went to Jesse Orach of Maine and Anna Kaplan of Vermont.


2017 America East Indoor Track & Field Championship
Team Standings (Final Standings through two days)


1.     Albany 212 points

2.     Stony Brook 114.50

3.     New Hampshire 100.50

4.     Binghamton 85.50

5.     UMass Lowell 81.50

6.     Vermont 75

7.     UMBC 58

8.     Maine 42

9.     Hartford 8


1.     Albany 205 points

2.     UMass Lowell 129.50

3.     Binghamton 123

4.     UMBC 103

5.     New Hampshire 70

6.     Vermont 47

7.     Stony Brook 46

8.     Maine 41

9.     Hartford 14.50


Day 2 Highlights

  • Grace Claxton broke her record again in the 400-meter dash, this time taking gold with a time of 53.05.
  • In the women’s 800-meter run, New Hampshire junior Elinor Purrier set a new meet record, finishing in 2:04.02.
  • After setting a new record in the 60-meter prelims, Binghamton’s Jon Alkins took home gold with a time of 6.85 in the finals.
  • The senior later won gold in the 200-meter dash, setting a meet record in that event with a final time of 21.17.
  • In the men’s 500-meter dash, Albany sophomore Matthew LeLiever’s time of 1:02.06 was good enough for a gold medal and a trip to the record books.
  • Albany senior Stefan Buechele took gold in the men’s heptathlon with a grand total of 5133 points. He won the pole vault by clearing 4.90 meters.
  • Anika Hibbard won gold in the women’s high jump, clearing 1.75 meters.
  • Stony Brook junior Kaylyn Gordon’s jump of 12.26 meters resulted in a gold medal in the women’s triple jump.
  • Albany’s Devon Willis won the gold medal in the men’s triple jump with a distance of 15.49 meters.
  • Tara Belinksy took gold in the women’s shot put. The Albany junior threw 13.89 meters.
  • The day was capped off by a record in the women’s 4x800 relay with Stony Brook taking gold. The group of Holly Manning, Tiana Guevara, Annika Sisson, and Melissa Riback finished in a time of 8:57.93 for a new meet record.