Men’s Indoor Track Places Second At IC4A Championships
BOSTON, Mass.—The University at Albany men’s track and field program finished out the 2016 indoor season this past weekend with a second place overall finish at the IC4A Indoor Championships held at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center. The Great Danes scored 65 points for second place just one point behind Hampton, who scored 66 points. Liberty was third in 49.75 points.
Last year, the UAlbany men earned third place with 44 points. Monmouth took the men’s title, scoring 58 points and Georgetown was second with 58 points.
Competition kicked off on Friday with the first four events of the heptathlon.Stefan Buechele placed fifth overall, earning 4,772 points. He placed first in the 1,000 with a time of 2:40.65, first in pole vault in 15' 3", sixth in the 60 hurdles in 9.10, eighth in long jump with a mark of 20' 7", ninth in high jump in 5' 8.5", 11th in the shot put in 29' 6.75", and 11th in the 60 in 7.45.
Saturday began on the track with the 60 hurdles. Freshman Sidney Gibbonsplaced 12th in semifinals in 8.20, but didn’t qualify for finals. In the 60 semifinals, Robert Harris III placed 12th in 6.94 and Jaymen Teemer was 15thin 6.98. Neither qualified for finals.
Jaymen Teemer placed fifth overall in the 200, running 21.48. Taariq Jonesplaced second overall in the 400. His time of 46.79 earned him a personal best and the school record. He broke the previous record of 47.10 set by Joe Greene in 2009. Momodou Jobe was ninth overall, running 52.33 after running a personal best of 47.61 in the trials. Jason Tomlinson earned third in the 500 finals in 1:02.36.
Kyle Gronostaj placed sixth in the 5,000 race, running 14:49.96.
In the relays, the men’s 4x400 team of Matthew LeLiever 48.0, Jason Tomlinson 47.4, Myles Banfield 47.2, and Taariq Jones 46.9 placed third overall, running a collective time of 3:09.92. The 4x800 of Harold Lamour1:56.4, Austin Sperl 1:54.4, Matthew Gladysz 1:55.1, and Zachary Cook1:58.6 placed 15th with a time of 7:44.59. The DMR quartet of Ryan Udvadia3:03.4, Khari Harris 49.7, Jordan Johnson 1:57.1, and Tyler Ranke 4:14.0 earned 12th in 10:04.31.
In the field events, Matthew Campbell won the men’s high jump with a mark of 7' 0.5". Kingsley Ogbonna tied for second with his mark of 6' 10.25". Mande Semon was fifth in the long jump with a mark of 23' 3.25". Colonel Fakorodeearned fourth in the triple jump with a personal best of 49' 9.75".
Jonathan Eustache earned second overall in the weight throw. His mark of 67' 6" broke the school record for the second time this season. Freshman David Carlson was 13th, throwing a mark of 52' 8.25". Eric Del Vescovoplaced 20th in the shot put with a mark of 49' 10".
Taariq Jones, Jordon Crump-King and Jonathan Eustache have met the qualifying standard for the USA Track & Field Indoor National Championship in Portland, Oregon on March 11-12.2016. They will be notified tomorrow if they have been chosen to participate in this prestigious event.
UAlbany’s indoor season is now over for most of the team, and this weekend’s competitors will now join their remaining teammates as they enter the transition stage to the outdoor season. The next event on the calendar is the Shamrock Invitational in South Carolina on March 17.