Men’s Track Captures 12th Consecutive America East Conference Title
BURLINGTON, V.T.—The University at Albany men’s track & field program added another championship title under their belt this weekend, winning the America East Conference Championship for the 12th consecutive time alongside the women winning their eighth consecutive title.
UAlbany placed first with 219 points. UMBC followed in second with 145 points, and Binghamton placed third with 133 points.
On the first day of competition the UAlbany earned a total of 62 points, followed by UMBC in second with 43 points, and Binghamton in third with 44 points.
The UAlbany men swept the 400m preliminaries with Taariq Jones in first place with a time of 47.44, followed by Myles Banfield in second in 47.77, Momodou Jobe in third in 48.01, and Jason Tomlinson in fourth with a time of 48.30. Matthew LeLiever qualified in ninth place with a time of 49.08.
Keith Machabee placed 11th in the 10,000m run with a time of 34:05.54.
Freshman Sidney Gibbons qualified first in the preliminaries of the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.57. Gibbons also placed fourth in the preliminaries of the 400m hurdles in a time of 55.56. Jeremiah Obeng-Agyapong qualified seventh in 55.57.
Freshman James Ball was the sole competitor in the pole vault, earning tenth place with a mark of 13' 11.25".
In the second and final day of competition, the UAlbany men finished competition in first place with 219 points.
Jaymen Teemer placed first overall for the 200m finals title with a time of 21.25. Taariq Jones followed in second in 21.35, Elliot Everett was sixth in 21.73, and Robert Harris III placed ninth in 25.88.
Taariq Jones defended his title in the 400m finals, running a time of 47.20. Freshman Myles Banfield followed in 47.29, Jason Tomlinson in fourth in 48.02, Momodou Jobe in fifth in 48.31, and Matthew LeLiever in ninth with a time of 49.36.
In the 5,000m race, Ryan Udvadia placed sixth overall, running a time of 15:00.56.
Freshman Sidney Gibbons placed first overall in the finals of the 110 hurdles, running a time of 14.48. He was unable to finish in the 400m hurdle finals.
In the field events, the Great Danes swept the top three places of the triple jump. Matthew Campbell placed first overall with mark of 47' 9.75", Jordan Crump-King placed second with a mark of 47' 8.5", and Colonel Fakorode placed third with a mark of 46' 8.25". Christopher Stephenson placed fifth with a mark of 44' 11.75" and David Henry placed sixth with a mark of 44' 5.25".
Eric Del Vescovo placed third in the shot put with a mark of 50' 6.75".
UAlbany entered three athletes to compete in the men’s decathlon.
Freshman Jake Coveney placed seventh with 5,723 points. He placed seventh in the 100m in 11.89, sixth in the long jump in 20-02.50, ninth in the shot put in 34-02.00, fourth in the high jump with a mark of 5-10.75, fifth in the 400m in 51.80, second in the 110 hurdles in 15.73, sixth in the discus in 89-10, eighth in the pole vault in 11-01.75, eighth in the javelin in 113-04, and fifth in the 1,500m in 4:59.81.
Najee Taylor placed eighth overall with 5,568 points. He placed tenth in the 100m in 12.06, fourth in the long jump in 20-07.75, seventh in the shot put in 34-10.50, first in the high jump with a mark of 6-03.50, eighth in the 400m in 53.30, seventh in the 110 hurdles in 17.36, eighth in the discus in 81-11, eighth in the pole vault in 11-01.75, ninth in the javelin in 108-05, and fourth in the 1,500m in 4:52.61
Stefan Buechele was unable to finish. He placed second in the 100m in 11.62, third in the long jump in 20-09.25, tenth in the shot put in 30-06.50, ninth in the high jump with a mark of 5-07.25, tenth in the 400m in 1:15.87, tenth in the discus in 58-00, and second in the pole vault in 14-05.25.
The men’s team earned the Coaching Staff of the Year Award. Taariq Jones took home two awards. He earned the Coaches’ Award for most points in a meet from his performance in the 200m, 400m race, 4x100 relay, and 4x400 relay. He also earned the Elite 18 Award.The honor is bestowed upon the student-athlete with the highest GPA among top point-getters.
With the conference championships now over, the Great Danes look ahead to continuing deeper into the championship season. The team will visit Princeton next weekend for the IC4A Championships, and then North Florida for the NCAA East Regional Championships.