Indoor Track Sends Four To USA Track & Field Indoor National Championship
ALBANY, N.Y.—After a successful second place finish at the ECAC and IC4A Indoor Championships, the University at Albany track & field program will send four student-athletes to compete in the USA Track & Field Indoor National Championship in Portland, Oregon. The meet is set to start on Friday, March 11 and conclude on Saturday, March 12.
“This is an exciting opportunity,” said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Roberto Vives. “We’re sending four athletes, which is the most that have attended this meet in program history. It'll be a great experience and a chance for them to compete some against high-quality athletes.”
Four student-athletes have met the qualifying standards and been chosen to participate in the meet. Taariq Jones qualified in the 400-meter, Jordan Crump-King in the triple jump, Jonathan Eustache in the weight throw, and Chinwe Igwe in the women’s weight throw.
Senior Taariq Jones was second overall at the IC4A Championship in the 400-meter. His time of 46.79 broke the school record of 47.10 set by Joe Greene back in 2009. Jones also defended his title in the 400-meter for the third-consecutive year at the America East Conference Championship, running a 47.25 in the finals and hitting the national standard.
Sophomore Jordan Crump-King qualifies for the men’s triple jump. He hit the required national standard at the Cornell Upstate Challenge with a mark of 50'6" (15.39). At conference, he placed fifth with a mark of 45'6.25" (13.87).
Junior Chinwe Igwe is the sole participant from the women’s track team. At conference championships, she hit the national qualifying standard with a mark of 63'4" (19.30) to win her event. Igwe’s mark also broke the America East Conference record. She placed third in at the ECAC championship with a mark of 58'3.75" (17.77).
Junior Jonathan Eustache is the fourth and final qualifier. His second-place mark of 67'6" (20.57) in the weight throw at IC4A Championship earned him a spot at nationals. He also broke the school record for the second time this indoor season. Eustache was second in conference championships with his mark of 64'1".25 (19.54).
One week after the Indoor National Championship, Grace Claxton will compete in the women’s 400-meter at the same facility for the IAAF World Championship.
The meet is scheduled to start on Friday at 11:30 A.M. with the men’s weight throw, followed by the women’s weight throw at 1:45 P.M. The first round of the men’s 400-meter will begin at 5:10 P.M. On Saturday, the meet will start at 2:30 P.M. with the 60-meter hurdles. Men’s triple jump is set for 5:10 P.M. and the finals for the men’s 400-meter will start at 5:06 P.M.