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BOSTON – After day one of the 2012 America East Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center, the Boston University women and Binghamton men lead the team standings. In addition, a total of 11 champions were crowned on day one.

For the second straight year, Binghamton finished the first day of competition with 57 points. Six-time defending champion Albany is close behind with 46.50. Host school Boston U. ranks third with 24.50 with New Hampshire nipping at its heels after collecting 24 points on day one. Maine (16 points), Stony Brook (9), UMBC (8), Hartford (6) and Vermont (4) round out the men’s standings.

The Boston U. women jumped out to an 11-point lead over New Hampshire, 58-47, as we head into day two. Albany, the two-time defending champion, will have to mount a comeback to capture the three-peat with its 30 points. Binghamton sits in fourth with 27 points while Vermont is a close fifth with 23 points. UMBC (22 points), Maine (13), Stony Brook (10) and Hartford (4) complete the women’s standings.

Maine’s Jesse Labreck captured the day’s first gold medal winning the women’s pentathlon with a total of 3959 points. That total represents a facility and America East Championship record, breaking the mark set last season by Boston U.’s Allison Barwise. Labreck won three out of the five events (long jump, 60 meter hurdles and 800 meter run).

Also impressive on the first day for the women was UMBC’s Mercedes Jackson. The freshman ran a 7.52 in the 60 meter dash preliminaries to set a new facility record. Jackson and Boston U. sprinter Shelby Walton went 1-2 in both the 60 meter and 200 meter dash prelims setting up exciting finals on Saturday.

Boston U. sophomore Rosa Moriello took gold in the 5,000 meter run, finishing the race in an ECAC-qualifying time of 16:28.81.

Stony Brook picked up its ten points on the day from its distance medley team which cruised to victory in 11:45.67, more than nine seconds faster than second-place Albany.

Also winning gold on day one were Albany’s Patricia McNish, who took the long jump crown with a leap of 5.95 meters, Binghamton’s Camille Ginyard, who cleared 3.75 meters in the pole vault, and UMBC’s Amanda Deller, who recorded a 16.83-meter toss in the weight throw. All three of those marks qualify for the ECAC Championship.

A pair of exciting finishes highlighted the men’s side on day one. No race featured more excitement than the men’s 5,000 meter run. Albany’s Alex Leuchanka trailed until the final two laps of the race before bolting by his competition to win by nearly five seconds in 14:24.30. Binghamton’s Adam Quinn finished second (14:29.09) and New Hampshire’s Daniel Decrescenzo finished third (14:31.27).

The men’s distance medley relay also came down to the final two laps. Stony Brook led the pack until the closing stages of the 1600, when Binghamton’s Erik van Ingen made the outside move to take control for the Bearcats, who won with a final time of 9:56.70.

Albany had a successful first day in the field events, taking two out of three championship finals. In the pole vault, Alfonso Scannapieco cleared 5.21 meters on his second attempt to take gold. Scannapieco also leads the men’s heptathlon after four events with 2810 points.

In the long jump, Kadeem Howell, the fourth-place finisher in 2011, won the event on the final leap of the night, recording a mark 7.30 meters.

Maine’s Wilson Adams took home gold in the weight throw with an IC4A-qualifying heave of18.44 meters.

The final day of the indoor track and field championship begins tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. with the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon. An awards ceremony with also take place at the end of the meet.

Men's Team Standings - 5 Events Scored

1) Binghamton 57
2) Albany 46.50
3) Boston University
4) New Hampshire
5) Maine
6) Stony Brook
7) UMBC
8) Hartford
9) Vermont

Women's Team Standings - 6 Events Scored

1) Boston University, 58
2) New Hampshire, 47
3) Albany, 30
4) Binghamton, 27
5) Vermont, 23
6) UMBC, 22
7) Maine, 13
8) Stony Brook, 10
9) Hartford, 4


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