Men’s Track Wins 11th Consecutive Indoor Title
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.—For the 11th consecutive season, the University at Albany men’s indoor track & field team has won the America East Indoor Championships. The men scored 180 points to claim the title. Binghamton was runner-up for the third consecutive year, scoring 146 points. UMBC was third, scoring 111 points. In addition to 11 consecutive, this championship is also the men’s 13th in their last 14, an unheard of feat in the conference.
Freshman Osiris Nicholson earned the men’s title in the 60-meter dash, running a time of 6.87. Jaymen Teemer placed third in 6.93. Freshman Sidney Gibbons was second in the 60-hurdles, running an 8.20.
The men placed four athletes in the 200-meter race. Robert Harris III was second in 21.63, followed by Elliot Everett in 21.83 for third, Osiris Nicholson ran a 21.85 for fourth, and Jaymen Teemer was fifth in 21.91.
Taariq Jones defended his title in the 400-meter for the third consecutive year. He crossed the line with a personal best of 47.25. Matthew LeLiever was fourth in 48.86 and Momodou Jobe in 48.96 for sixth.
Jason Tomlinson won the 500-meter race for the second year in 1:03.39. Austin Sperl was ninth in the 800-meter race, running a time of 1:55.93. In the mile, Ryan Udvadia ran a 4:18.22 for ninth. Jordan Johnson was sixth in the 3,000-meter, running an 8:38.81. Kyle Gronostaj was sixth in the 5,000-meter race, running 14:46.78.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay of Matthew LeLiever, Jason Tomlinson, Momodou Jobe, and Taariq Jones took first place, running a collective time of 3:14.72. The 4x800 quartet of Zachary Cook, Matthew Gladysz, Harold Lamour, and Austin Sperl came in sixth, running 7:54.59.
In the field events, Kingsley Ogbonna took the men’s high jump title with a mark of 6' 9.5". Matthew Campbell was second also hitting a mark of 6' 9.5". Eric Del Vescovo placed second overall in the shot put throwing a mark of 51' 7.75".
The men earned four places in the triple jump with Colonel Fakarode placing second overall with a mark of 47' 0.25", followed by Matthew Campbell in second with a mark of 46' 10.75". David Henry Jr. was fourth with a mark of 46' 8" and Jordan Crump-King placed fifth with a mark of 45' 6.25".
Stefan Buechele placed third overall in the heptathlon with 4,751 points. He was second in the 60-meter dash, running a 7.24, second in the pole vault clearing a height of 14-05.25, third in the 1,000-meter in 2:44.10, sixth in the long jump with a mark of 20-05.75, eighth in the 60-meter hurdles, running a 9.01 eighth in the in the high jump clearing a mark of 5-07.00, and 12th in the shot put with a mark of 31-09.25.
The men won five events overall in the two-day meet. They shared in victory with the UAlbany women, who won their fourth consecutive title, and sixth time in seven years. The women scored 210 points to defeat runner-up New Hampshire, who scored 133.5 points. This was also the fourth year in a row that the men and women have both taken the title. Both the men's and women's coaches earned Coaching Staff of the Year. Osiris Nicholson won the Rookie of the Year Award.
With the conclusion of conference championships, the Great Danes will return the Ocean Breeze Complex for the final time next weekend for the Fastrack Last Chance Meet.