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Track Returns from BU Season Opener

UAlbany Sports Information   12-04-2016

Women’s Performer of the Meet: Track- Grace Claxton     Field- Chinwe Igwe

Men’s Performer of the Meet: Track – Mohamed Gueye    Field – Eric DelVescovo

BOSTON-The University at Albany indoor track and field program officially started their season this weekend at the Boston University Season Opener. The Great Danes had their best season opener performance in school history, breaking school records and qualifying numerous student-athletes for ECAC and IC4A.

In the men’s 60-meter race, Freshman Mohamed Gueye placed first overall, running a 6.87. His time ties the freshman record that Osiris Nicholson set in 2016. Robert Harris III followed in second with a time of 6.91.

Myles Banfield placed first in the 300-meter with a time of 33.84, earning a new school and facility record. Mohamed Gueye was second in 33.90 and earned a new freshman record.

Freshman Jake Johnson earned sixth in the 3,000-meter in 8:41.36.

In the 5,000-meter race, Ryan Udvadia placed ninth in 14:32.79, followed by Kyle Gronostaj in tenth in 14:34.54. They are now number 5 and 6, respectively, on the Top 10 list for the 5,000.

The men’s 4x400 relay team of Matthew LeLieverJason TomlinsonMomodou Jobe, and  Myles Banfield placed first overall with a time of 3:16.56.

In the field events, Kinglsey Ogbonna won the men’s high jump, clearing a mark of 6-10.75, followed by Matthew Campbell in second 6-8.75. Mande Semon placed fourth in the long jump with a mark of 22-8.5, and Devon Willis placed sixth in 22-2.25. Jordan Crump-King earned second in the triple jump with a mark of 48-11.75.

Eric DelVescovo placed third in the shot put with a mark of 52-10. His performance broke a 26-year-old school record set by Matthew Kelly back in 1990. Jonathan Eustache won the weight throw with a mark of 59-5.5.

On the women’s side, UAlbany earned four places in the top eight of the 60-meter dash. Stephanie Osuji placed fourth in a time of 7.67, followed by Taahira Butterfield in fifth in 7.73, Dayleen Santana Rodriguez in sixth in 7.77, and Chanel Smith in seventh with a time of 7.80.

Taahira Butterfield placed second overall in the 200-meter race in a time of 25.10. Chanel Smith was fourth in 25.34, and Kiyah Owens was 10th in 25.89.

Grace Claxton won the 300-meter race, finishing in 37.93. Her time set a new school, facility, and Puerto Rico National record. Halie Snyder placed 10th in 40.39.

Both Claxton's and Banfield's performances in the 300-meter currently lead the NCAA.

Freshman Lea Simonini placed seventh in the 800-meter with a time of 2:19.01. In the 3,000, Cara Sherman earned third overall in 10:01.50.

Niamani Morrison earned first overall in the 60 hurdles, running a time of 8.59. Grace Claxton placed fourth in 8.83, and Nichole Anderson was eighth in a time of 9.11.

The women’s 4x400 relay team of Jahari Coleman, Akua Williams, Kiyah Owens, and  Jonel Lacey ran a collective time of 3:52.84 to earn second overall.

In the women’s field, Chinwe Igwe won the weight throw with a mark of 61-5.75. Anika Hibbard earned third in the high jump with a mark of 5-7. Tara Belinsky placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 42-0, and Mary Adeyeye was ninth, throwing a mark of 39-9.75.

UAlbany will now continue training until they return to action on January, 14 when they host the Great Dane Classic at the Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island, NY.

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