Indoor Track Returns From Villanova Invitational
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.—The University at Albany indoor track program returned to the Ocean Breeze Complex for the Villanova Invitational. The meet, UAlbany’s fourth of the season, featured 12 teams plus athletic clubs. The Great Danes had solid performances with second place team finishes and added six new ECAC and IC4A qualifiers in various events.
The women’s 60-meter hurdles was the first event on the track. Chibugo Ike placed third with a personal best time of 8.72, followed by Niamani Morrison in fourth, running an 8.76. UAlbany took the top two in the 200-meter race, with Stephanie Osuji earning first in a time of 24.67, and Grace Claxton in second with a time of 24.71(PR). Both women's times qualified them for ECAC.
On the men’s side, freshman Osiris Nicholson placed third in the 60-meter dash, running a personal best 6.87 (UAlbany Freshman Record) and hitting the IC4A standard. Jaymen Teemer was fifth with a time of 6.91, followed by Robert Harris III in 6.92 for sixth. Freshman Sidney Gibbons took fourth in the 60-meter hurdles, running an 8.32 (PR). Jason Tomlinson was seventh in the 200-meter, running a 22.37(PR).
The men swept the top three in the men’s 400-meter dash. Taariq Jones earned first place, running a time of 48.05. Myles Banfield followed in second place with a time of 48.48 (PR), and Momodou Jobe was third in 48.55 (PR). Matthew LeLiever took sixth place in a time of 48.95.
In the field events, Matthew Campbell won the men’s high jump with a mark of 7' 0.25". Kingsley Ogbonna came in second clearing a mark of 6' 8.75" and hitting the IC4A standard. Freshman Anika Hibbard was third for women with a 5’7” mark. Joanna Heath hit a mark of 5’3” for tenth place.
Stefan Buechele placed tenth in the pole vault with a mark of 14' 7.25".
Niamani Morrison’s mark of 17' 8" earned her fifth in the women’s long jump. Senior Solène Bastien won the women’s triple jump, with a mark of 40' 4.25". David Henry Jr. recorded a mark of 44' 4.25" to take sixth in the triple jump for men.
In the throws, Jonathan Eustache won the men’s weight throw, reaching a 64' 1.25" mark. David Carlson threw a personal best of 55' 5.5" for eighth. For the women’s weight, Chinwe Igwe took third with a mark of 55' 11", followed by Lauren Lopano in fourth, throwing an ECAC qualifying mark of 55' 2.25". Freshman Lundy Spinner was tenth with her mark of 49' 6.5".
Eric Del Vescovo placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 49' 3.5". Tara Belinsky was fourth for the women with a mark of 42' 5.25", Mary Adeyeye was seventh in 40' 1.5", and Zoe Doolittle followed in eighth with a mark of 39' 8.75".
Following last weekend, the coaching staff named two Most Improved Athletes. Colleen Maloney earned the title for the women after her performance in the 3,000-meter race. For the men, Momodou Jobe was chosen for his show in the 400-meter race. The women’s track athlete of the meet was Stephanie Osuji for her ECAC qualifying performance in the 200-meter dash. Solène Bastien earned field performer with her first place finish in the triple jump. For the men, Osiris Nicholson earned track performer of the meet after his third place finish in the 60-meter dash and the UAlbany Freshman Record, which qualified him for IC4A. Matthew Campbell was the men’s field performer of the meet for first place finish in the high jump.
Up next for UAlbany is a return to the Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island for the Fastrack National Qualifier Invite, where the Great Danes will compete one last time before the America East Indoor Championships.