Outdoor Track Wraps Capital District Classic
TROY, N.Y. – America East Outdoor Championships are looming, and the University at Albany outdoor track program is looking to get some final high quality work in before heading north to the University of Vermont next weekend. Not every athlete made the trip to Philadelphia to compete in the Penn Relays this week, and those that remained behind and are able to compete instead returned to RPI for the Capital District Classic, to get some live competition of their own.
Valentina Talevi won the 1,500 for the women, with a time of 4:47.18. Schuyler Pruyn placed third in 4:51.02, and Molly Pezzulo was fourth in 4:53.79. Raymond Farinella won the men’s 1,500 in 4:00.52, and Peter Schweitzer followed in third with a time of 4:02.12. Austin Lane was fifth in 4:03.66.
In the women’s 400, Ashley Moxam placed second overall with a time of 1:00.26. On the men’s side, Joshua Wray also placed second, hitting 50.07. Michael Betton placed fifth in the men’s 100, finishing in 11.24. Betton also placed fifth in the 200 in 22.89 later in the day.
UAlbany swept the top two spots in the men’s 800, with Farinella winning in 1:56.99 and Patrick Rowan placing second in 1:58.22. Lexi Payne placed fourth in the women’s 800 in 2:24.23. Two UAlbany alumnae, Sherez Mohamed and Brittany Eveleth, placed first and second overall running unattached. Another UAlbany alumnus and volunteer coach, Ricardo Estremera, won the men’s 5,000 running for Fleet Feet.
In the field events, Solène Bastien won the women’s triple jump with a mark of 39’-8”. She also placed second in the high jump, clearing a height of 5’-2.25”. Kayla Prochnow was fourth in the high jump, clearing 4’-10.25”. Toni Ann Werner won the women’s pole vault in 10’-7”. Nathan Hiett led a UAlbany sweep of the top three places in the men’s pole vault. Hiett jumped 15’-9”, Stefan Buechele placed second with a mark of 14’-3.25”, and Donald DiBari placed third with a mark of 13’-9.25”.
In the throws, Simon Cleary placed fourth in the men’s hammer with a throw of 152’-10”. Cleary also won the men’s discus with a mark of 136’-7”. Katie Dowd won the women’s javelin, throwing 129’-3”, a new personal best by five inches. Finally, Anthony D’Angelo was fourth in the men’s javeling with a mark of 157’-6”.
The UAlbany track athletes will now reconvene in the wake of their separate meets this weekend and turn their attention to the America East Outdoor Championships, which begin Saturday, May 3 at the University of Vermont.