Indoor Track Second At Upstate Challenge


Athletes of the Meet: Grace Claxton, Matthew LeLiever, Mary Adeyeye, and Jonathan Eustache

Ithaca, N.Y.—In the second meet of the season, the University at Albany track and field program traveled to Cornell University over the weekend for the Upstate Challenge. Ten schools attended including Binghamton, Buffalo, Canisius, Colgate, Cornell, Cortland, Ithaca College, Siena, Syracuse, and Williams.

The men placed second overall, scoring 161.5 points. The women scored 158.5 to take second place as well. Host Cornell took both titles with the men scoring 170 points, and the women 218.5. Binghamton was third for the men with 116.5 points, and Buffalo for the women with a score of 105.5.

The coaching staff named men and women’s performers of the week for the team. Grace Claxton was named women’s track athlete for her first place performance in the 500-meters and 4x400 relay. Matthew LeLiever won the men’s track performer for his first place finish in the 500-meters and 4x400 relay. Mary Adeyeye earned the women’s field performer for her personal best in the pentathlon. Jonathan Eustache won the men’s field performer, with his first place finish in the weight throw.

Events began on Friday, with the women’s pentathlon and men’s heptathlon. Mary Adeyeye set a personal best in the pentathlon, scoring 3,434 points for second place and hit the ECAC standard. Adeyeye placed second in the 60 hurdles in 9.13, sixth in the long jump in 16' 5.25", seventh for high jump in 4’11.75”, first in shot put in 40' 7.75", and fourth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:32.82.

Paige Vadnais was third overall in the pentathlon, scoring 3,427 points. She won the 60 hurdles in 9.00, placed third for long jump in 17' 3.25", fourth in high jump in 5’4.5”, seventh in shot put in 27’10”, and third in the 800-meter in 2:31.61. Also competing in the pentathlon was Letti Hibbard in sixth place scoring 3,048 points, followed by Anika Hibbard in seventh with 2,840 points.

On the men’s side, Junior Stefan Buechele won the heptathlon, scoring 4,553 points. He was second in the 60-meters running a 7.38, second for the long jump in 19’9”, fourth in the shot put throwing a mark of 27' 5.5", third for high jump in 5' 7.25", second in the 60 hurdles running a 9.26, first in the pole vault in 15’1”, and first in the 1,000-meters with a time of 2:47.71.

Najee Taylor was third with 3,946 points, winning three out of the seven events. He was third in the 60-meters running a 7.57, first in the long jump in 19' 9.5", first in the shot put throwing 34' 4", first in the high jump with a mark of 6’0”, fourth in the 60 hurdles running a 9.90, fourth in pole vault in 8' 6.25", and third in the 1,000-meters with a time of 2:59.06. Freshman Jake Coveney scored 3,667 for fourth place overall in his first collegiate meet.

On the track, Robert Harris III, won the men’s 60-meters overall, running a time of 6.96. Jaymen Teemer followed in second place, also running a 6.96. Osiris Nicholson ran a 7.02 for fifth place. Taahira Butterfield was sixth in the women’s 60-meters running a time of 7.75, followed by Stephanie Osuji running a 7.78 for seventh place.

In the women’s 60 hurdles, Niamani Morrison earned second overall, finishing in 8.72, and hitting the ECAC standard. Chibugo Ike was fourth in 8.83, also qualifying for ECAC.

Taariq Jones placed first overall in the men’s 200-meters, running a time of 22.00, and satisfying the IC4A mark. Robert Harris III ran a 22.39 for third place and a qualifying mark as well. Freshman Myles Banfield won the 400-meters, running a 49.37 to hit the IC4A standard.

In the women’s 200-meters, Dayleen Santana Rodriguez took third overall, running a 25.46, followed by Taahira Butterfield in 26.06 for fourth place. Chibugo Ike ran a 26.23 to finish seventh. Akua Williams was third in the women’s 400-meters, running a time of 58.76.

The Great Danes swept the top three places in the women’s 500-meters, with first place Grace Claxton hitting the ECAC standard in 1:13.80. Osayi Owie followed in second place in 1:17.21, and Aderinsola Ajala was third, running a 1:17.73. Freshman Matthew LeLiever won the men’s 500-meters, running a 1:04.50 and qualifying for IC4A. Jason Tomlinson was second, also running a qualifying time of 1:04.90.

Austin Sperl placed fifth in the men’s 800-meters, with a time of 1:59.26. Senior Zachary Cook ran a 2:35.00 in the 1,000-meters for eighth place. Schuyler Pruyn was fifth in the women’s 1,000-meters, running a ECAC qualifying time of 2:57.39. In the mile, Ryan Udvadia placed third overall for men, running a 4:17.99. Hannah Smith was fourth for the women, running a 5:04.96.

Jessica Donohue ran a 10:04.76 to take second in the women’s 3,000-meters. Freshman Cara Sherman was fourth, running a 10:11.37, and Molly Pezzulo was sixth, running a time of 10:14.50.

The men’s ‘A’ 4x400 relay team of Matthew LeLiever, Jeremiah Obeng-Agyapong, Myles Banfield, Taariq Jones placed first overall, running a combined time of 3:21.59. The women’s ‘A’ 4x400 relay team also earned first place. Halie Snyder, Aderinsola Ajala, Stephanie Osuji, and Grace Claxton ran an overall time of 3:54.81, which hit the ECAC qualifying mark.

The men’s 4x800 relay team of Harold Lamour, Jordan Johnson, Matthew Gladysz, and Ryan Udvadia, took second place overall in a time of 8:03.16. The women also came in second with Breanna Cummings, Leah Rice, Colleen Maloney, and Delilah Quinones running a combined time of 10:00.81. The women’s distance medley relay placed first, with Nira Lovick, Akua Williams, Tiguida Toure, and Hannah Smith, running a time of 12:34.30. The men were also first with Tyler Ranke, Jaymen Teemer, Austin Sperl, and Zachary Cook running a time of 10:54.91.

Moving to the field events, Matthew Campbell placed second in the men’s high jump, once again clearing a height of 6' 10.25". Kingsley Ogbonna cleared a height of 6' 6.25" for sixth place. In addition to the pentathlon, Anika Hibbard competed in the women’s high jump. Her height of 5' 5" earned her fourth place overall. Letti Hibbard came in fifth place with a height of 5’3”, and Solène Bastien  was seventh with a height of 5’3” as well.

In the pole vault, Paige Vadnais earned seventh place for women, clearing 10' 10". Donald DiBari placed eighth for men, with a height of 14' 3.25".

Jordan Crump King won the men’s triple jump in 50' 6", hitting the IC4A standard. Matthew Campbell took eighth in 44' 2.75". Mande Semon placed third in the men’s long jump, in 23' 9". His mark hit the IC4A qualifying standard. Halie Snyder was sixth for women, in 18' 5.25", followed by Solène Bastien in seventh with a mark of 18' 4.25".

Junior Jonathan Eustache took first in the men’s weight throw in 66' 11.5", improving on his IC4A qualifying mark from the previous week, and breaking the 65’ 6 ¼” school record set by Wilfredo De Jesus Elias in 2011. Eustache is currently ranked 20th in the nation. David Carlson placed fifth with a mark of 48' 9.5". Chinwe Igwe won the women’s weight throw with a personal best of 59' 2", and improving upon her ECAC mark. In the shot put, Eric DelVescovo placed second overall for men with a mark of 50' 5.25". Zoe Doolittle was sixth for women, throwing a mark of 40' 6.75".

Next up for UAlbany is a trip to the Ashenfelter III Indoor Track Facility. The Great Danes will compete in the Penn State National Invitational on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, Jan 30.



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