Women Third, Men Fifth At Great Dane Classic
Staten Island, N.Y.—The Ocean Breeze Complex, The University at Albany track and field program started their official indoor season at the 13th Great Dane Classic, which served as their only home meet of the season. Over 60 teams and clubs participated with field of 1,500 athletes. The UAlbany women took third place, while the men came in fifth.
Maryland took the women’s title with 104 points. Villanova placed second for women with 77 points. Albany took third place, earning 66 points, and Buffalo was fourth with 65 points.
Sophomore Dayleen Santana Rodriguez took sixth overall in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.56 to satisfy the ECAC standard. This mark was a hundredth of a second off the 7.55 school record, and serves as the third best time ran by a UAlbany athlete. In the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries, Niamani Morrison ran 8.79 to also qualify for ECAC.
In the 800-meter, Senior Dominique Claudio earned fifth place. Claudio’s time of 2:11.11 hit the mark for ECAC and placed her 25th in the NCAA. Nira Lovick placed 11th in the 1,000-meter with a time of 3:00.54. Junior Schuyler Pruyn took eighth in the mile running a 5:04.19. Hannah Smith placed seventh in the 3,000-meter in 10:06.72.
Coming off strong cross country season, Jessica Donohue captured first place in the 5,000-meter with a time of 17:10.87, which hit the qualifying mark for ECAC and placed her 34th in the country. Molly Pezzulo was second in 17:16.03, also meeting the ECAC standard, ranking 40th in the country. Freshman Cara Sherman earned third place in 17:31.46 for the women to sweep the top three places.
In her first collegiate meet, Freshman Anika Hibbard placed third in the women’s high jump clearing a height of 5’7”, which meets the ECAC standard. In the throws, Chinwe Igwe placed second in the weight throw with a personal best mark of 58' 7.5", qualifying her for ECAC. Tara Belinsky took seventh place in the shot put with a mark of 43’7”.
Connecticut captured the men’s team title with 110.25 points. Navy placed second for men with 101.25 points, Buffalo third with 67.5 points, and Rutgers fourth with 61 points. Albany was fifth, earning 58 points.
On the men’s side, Jaymen Teemer placed 17th in the 60-meter preliminaries running a time of 6.94 to meet the IC4A standard. Robert Harris III was 21st in 6.96 to also qualify for IC4A.
Lalonde Gordon from Zenith Velocity AC won the men’s 200-meter dash. His 20.77 time is currently number one in the world.
In the men’s 400-meter, Brendon Rodney from LIU Brooklyn was the second place finisher, running a time of 46.62. He is currently ranked second on the NCAA performance list. Taariq Jones had a third place finish in a time of 48.09, hitting the IC4A standard and placing him 35th nationally. Jason Tomlinson was eighth in 48.72, which also qualified him for the IC4A standard. Freshman Matthew LeLiever was 14th 49.17, meeting the IC4A standard in his first collegiate meet.
Freshman Myles Banfield ran a 1:04.52 in the 500-meter, earning him fifth place and the IC4A standard. UAlbany’s 4x400 of Taariq Jones, Myles Banfield, Matthew LeLiever, and Jason Tomlinson finished third overall with a time of 3:14.91, also hitting the IC4A standard. Their time earned them 31st on the NCAA performance list.
Harry Purcell from Villanova ran a 1:50.43 to win the 800-meter and ranking seventh in the NCAA. Brian Crimmins from Buffalo ran a 1:50.64 for second place--ranking him number eight nationally--and Villanova’s Ville Lampinen placed third in 1:50.71 and holds the number nine NCAA ranking.
Sophomore Kyle Gronostaj placed fourth overall in the 5,000-meter, running a time of 14:42.64, and earning 40th in the nation.
In the jumps, Matthew Campbell took first place in the high jump, clearing a height of 6’10”.25, to meet the IC4A standard and place him at 43 in the NCAA. Jordan Crump-King placed fifth in triple jump with a mark of 47' 9.75", qualifying him for IC4A. Colonel Fakarode was eighth with a mark of 45' 6.5".
Corey Crawford from Rutgers won the men’s long jump with a mark of 24' 7.75", and is ranked 15th in the country.
In the men’s weight throw, Jonathan Eustache took second overall with a mark of 59' 8.5" to meet the IC4A standard. Freshman David Carlson was ninth with a mark of 49' 9.75". Eric DelVescovo placed fifth in the shot put with a mark of 52' 4", qualifying him for IC4A.
The meet MVP in track for women went to both Jessica Donohue for her finish in the 5,000-meter, and Dayleen Santana Rodriguez in the 60-meter. For men, Taariq Jones earned MVP for his finish in the 400-meter. Chinwe Igwe was the field MVP for her performance in the weight throw, and Matthew Campbell earned it for his finish in the high jump.
Up next for UAlbany is the Upstate Challenge at Cornell University from Friday, January 22 to the 23rd.