Outdoor Track Places Second In Northeast Challenge; Returns From Mt. SAC Relays

Northeast Challenege Results | Mt. SAC Results

Athletes of the Meet: Niamani Morrison, Anika Hibbard, Taariq Jones, and Kingsley Ogbonna

STORRS, C.T.— Competing for the second time in one week, the University at Albany men’s and women’s outdoor track & field programs each took second place at Connecticut’s Northeast Challenge. The men scored 113 points and the women scored 99 points.  UConn earned both team titles, with the Huskies’ men scoring 212 points, and the women scoring 219 points.

This is the second year the Northeast Challenge has been contested. Originally, the UConn and UAlbany men faced each other in a dual meet, coined the Dogfight. The format was expanded and this year also included Buffalo, Northeastern, Rhode Island, and Southern Connecticut State.

The meet began at 11:00 A.M. with the throwing events. Jonathan Eustache placed fifth in the men’s hammer throw with a personal best mark of 180' 6", qualifying for IC4A. Chinwe Igwe placed second in the women’s hammer throw with a personal best mark of 172' 9" to satisfy the ECAC standard. Lauren Lopano placed sixth with her mark of 157' 7".

Chinwe Igwe also placed sixth in the women’s discus with a mark of 132' 0" and Lauren Lopano was 10th with a mark of 127' 0".

Philip Blanda placed ninth the men’s javelin with a personal best mark of 183' 3". Samantha Ferrero placed eighth for the women with a mark of 104' 11", followed by Mary Adeyeye in ninth with a mark of 101' 10", and Alexi Bolster in 10th with a mark of 89' 5".

Tara Belinsky placed fourth in the women’s shot put with a mark of 42' 10.75", followed by Mary Adeyeye in fifth with a mark of 41' 9.25". Zoe Doolittle placed seventh in 40' 5.5".

Jumping events began at 2:00 P.M. Mande Semon placed third in the men’s long jump with a personal best mark of 23' 11.5", satisfying the IC4A standard. Solène Bastien placed seventh for the women with a mark of 18' 3.75".

Alexander Bowen placed fifth in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 47' 11.75", meeting the IC4A standard. Christopher Stephenson placed eighth with a mark of 46' 6.25" and Colonel Fakarode placed tenth with a mark of 45' 10.5". Solène Bastien placed second for the women with a mark of 39’7”, hitting the ECAC standard.

Paige Vadnais placed second in the women’s pole vault with a mark of 11' 6.25".

UAlbany swept the top three places in the men’s high jump. Alexander Bowen placed first with a mark of 7' 1". Kingsley Ogbonna placed second with a personal best mark of 7' 1", improving upon his previous mark by 3”. He is currently ranked number two in the America East and in UA history. Matthew Campbell placed third with a mark of 7' 1". All three student-athletes met the IC4A standard.  Anika Hibbard placed first for the women with a mark of 5' 8.75", breaking the school record for the second time in a week. Her mark qualifies her for NCAA Regionals and the USA Junior Nationals. Victoria Stoffell placed fifth with a mark of 5’2.5”. Paige Vadnais placed seventh with a mark of 5’1”.

The running events kicked off with the 3,000m steeplechase. Jordan Johnson placed third for the men in 9:31.24. Colleen Maloney was the sole competitor for the women, placing third with a mark of 11:32.03.

The men’s 4x100 relay team of Mande Semon, Robert Harris III, Jaymen Teemer, and Jason Tomlinson placed third in 41.50. The women’s 4x100 team of Stephanie OsujiChanel SmithGrace Claxton, and Taahira Butterfield placed second in 46.58.

Nira Lovick placed fifth in the women’s 1500m race with a time of 4:41.30.

Sidney Gibbons placed fifth in the men’s 110 hurdles in a personal best time of 14.77, hitting the IC4A standard. Niamani Morrison placed fifth in the women’s 100 hurdles in a personal best time of 14.50, hitting the ECAC standard and establishing herself as number one in the America East. Paige Vadnais placed tenth in 14.90.

Taariq Jones won the men’s 400m in a personal best time of 46.86. His mark sets him at the number three performance in school history and ranks him first in the America East. Myles Banfield followed in second with a time of 46.95. Jason Tomlinson placed fourth in 47.41, Momodou Jobe was sixth in 48.24, and Matthew LeLiever placed eighth in 48.60.

Robert Harris III won the men’s 100m race in a time of 10.76. In the women’s 100m, Taahira Butterfield placed third in 12.10 and Chanel Smith was seventh in 12.29.

Sidney Gibbons placed fifth in the men’s 400m hurdles with a time of 55.65. Grace Claxton placed first for the women in a time of 58.73, followed by Aderinsola Ajala in second with a time of 1:02.38. Chibugo Ike placed fourth in 1:05.04.

In the men’s 200m, Jaymen Teemer placed second in 21.57, followed by Robert Harris III in third with a time of 21.65. Elliot Everett placed fifth in 21.82. For the women, Stephanie Osuji placed sixth in 25.00.

Calvin Butlak placed fourth in the men’s 5000m in a personal best time of 15:16.64. Keith Machabee placed eighth in 15:45.97. Mackenzie Pierie placed seventh for the women with a personal best time of 18:44.93.

The men’s 4x400 quartet of Jason Tomlinson, Myles Banfield, Matthew LeLieverand Taariq Jones placed first overall, running a time of 3:13.47. The women’s 4x400 of Aderinsola Ajala, Akua Williams, Dominique Claudio, and Grace Claxton ran a collective time of 3:45.23 for second place.

Mt. SAC: The Great Danes also sent two competitors to the Mt. SAC relays in California over the week. Cara Sherman placed 32nd in the 10,000m race with a personal best time of 36:12.50. Her time puts her at fourth All-time at UAlbany and satisfies the ECAC standard. Molly Pezzulo was unable to run due to injury. 

Next weekend, the Great Danes will host their sole home meet of the season, the UAlbany Spring Classic.

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