DelVescovo Sets School Record On Split Weekend For Track & Field
ITHATCA, N.Y. & MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – This weekend, the University at Albany track & field program attended two different meets. The handful of multis athletes visited Cornell for the Upstate Challenge, while the bulk of the team attended the Winterfell Meet at Middlebury for the first time in program history.
The weekend was highlighted by men's thrower Eric DelVescovo, who broke the school record in the indoor shot put for the second time in three meets in the Winterfell Meet at Middlebury.
UAlbany was one of four teams, including host Middlebury, Vermont, and McGill University, to compete at the Winterfell Meet. It was the first time the Great Danes had attended this meet, and the first time they had visited Middlebury’s new indoor track facility, which features a 200m flat track.
The meet started with the 4x800m relay. UAlbany was the only participant to field a team in the women’s race. The quartet of Kirsten Kaminski (2:25.5), Nira Lovick (2:26.0), Tiguida Toure (2:22.6), and Schuyler Pruyn (2:22.6) finished in 9:37.14. UAlbany faced just one opponent in the men’s race, where the team of Jason Tomlinson (1:58.3), Evan DeGraw (1:59.0), Austin Sperl (1:57.1), and Joe Somerville (1:59.7) placed second behind Middlebury in 7:54.30. The men’s race qualifies the team for IC4A Indoor Championships by virtue of the conversion factor allotted to flat track performances.
The next event on the track was the mile. Cara Sherman was the top finisher for UAlbany, placing second in 5:06.07. Holly Machabee placed fifth in 5:18.98. For the men, Ryan Udvadia placed second in 4:21.86.
UAlbany swept the top four places in the women’s 60m hurdles. Niamani Morrison won the event in 8.87. Chibugo Ike placed second in 8.98. Grace Claxton placed third in 9.05. And Nichole Anderson placed fourth in 9.12. Sidney Gibbons won the men’s hurdles in 8.26.
In the women’s 400m, UAlbany placed three in the top four. Kiyah Owens earned her first collegiate win, placing first in 58.93. Jonel Lacey placed second in 59.15, and Akua Williams placed fourth in 1:00.04. Momodou Jobe won the men’s 400m in 50.43. Next on the track was the 600m. In the women’s race, Toure placed second in 1:40.07, followed by Osayi Owie in third in 1:40.08. The top men’s 600m runners all finished within four one-hundredths of a second of each other. Tomlinson placed second in 1:21.33, followed by Matthew LeLiever in 1:21.34, and Myles Banfield in 1:21.37.
Dayleen Santana Rodriguez, fresh off her school record effort in the 60m last weekend, won the event Saturday in 7.61. She was followed by Taahira Butterfield in second in 7.76, Stephanie Osuji in third in 7.79, Nicole Dodrill in fourth in 7.86, Jahari Coleman in fifth in 7.95, and Chanel Smith in sixth in 7.97. Robert Harris III placed second in the men’s race in 6.98.
Lovick was UAlbany’s only competitor in the women’s 800m, placing fifth in 2:26.61. Jake Johnson won the men’s 800m in 1:57.30, followed by Somerville in third in 2:00.36. Pruyn placed second in the women’s 1,000m in 3:03.06, and Matthew Gladysz placed third in the men’s race in 2:37.70.
The women swept the top five places in the 200m. Claxton led the way with the victory in 25.43. Butterfield placed second in 25.81. Halie Snyder placed third in 26.02. Coleman placed fourth in 26.13. Williams placed fifth in 26.62. Harris III placed second in the men’s race in 22.78.
Hannah Reinhardt won her first collegiate race, the women’s 3,000m, in 10:17.90, followed by Hannah Smith in second in 10:28.35. Charlie Ragone placed third in the men’s 3,000m in 8:58.88. The final track event was the 4x400m relay. The men did not field a team, but the women’s squad of Aliyah Banks (60.8), Lacey (59.3), Owens (59.8), and Owie (59.4) placed first overall in 3:59.43, narrowly edging McGill’s 3:59.93.
The field events kicked off with the weight throw. UAlbany swept the top four places in the women’s weight throw, starting with Chinwe Igwe winning the event in 62-02.25. Tara Belinsky placed second in 48-08.75, followed by Amiynah Campbell in 47-06.25 and Lundy Spinner in 47-03.50. Jonathan Eustache won the men’s weight throw in 62-11.25, and David Carlson placed third in 45-04.25.
Victoria Stoffel cleared 5-05.75 to win the women’s high jump, and Nailah Braxton placed fourth in 4-09.75. Matthew Campbell won the men’s high jump in 6-11.75. Alexis Trott placed third in the women’s long jump in 17-00.75, and Morrison placed fourth in 16-08.00. Kingsley Ogbonna won the men’s long jump in 23-00.00, followed by Mandé Sémôn in second in 21-08.25.
Belinsky won the women’s shot put with a throw of 42-09.00, followed by Zoe Doolittle in second in 42-01.25 and Samantha Ferrero in fourth in 37-10.50. On the men’s side, DelVescovo set a new school record in the shot put of 53-11.25. The mark bests his own school record of 52-10.00 set in the season opener at Boston University in December, which surpassed the previous record of 52-08.25 set by Matthew Kiley in 1990.
In the final field event of the day, the men’s triple jump, UAlbany swept the top four places. Devon Willis won the event in 48-08.75, followed by Omahri Sturdivant in 46-04.25, then David Henry Jr. in third in 45-01.50, and finally Campbell in fourth in 44-00.75.
By the end of the meet, the UAlbany women had scored 266.5 points to claim the team victory. Vermont placed second with 124.5 points, followed by Middlebury with 106, and McGill with 87. Middlebury won the men’s team competition with 184 points, followed by UAlbany with 179, Vermont with 158.5, and McGill with 28.5.
The multis athletes got their first opportunity to run through a full pentathlon or heptathlon at Cornell’s Upstate Challenge. The women’s pentathlon competed in its entirety on Friday. In the first of five events, the 60m hurdles, Mary Adeyeye placed second overall in 9.27, followed by Letti Hibbard in fourth in 9.70, and Anika Hibbard in sixth in 10.18.
Both Hibbards tied for first in the high jump, clearing 5-05.25. Adeyeye placed fourth in 4-10.25. Adeyeye won the shot put in 39-11.50. L. Hibbard placed third in 32-06.25, and A. Hibbard placed sixth in 25-04.50. A. Hibbard placed second in the long jump in 16-04.25, and L. Hibbard and Adeyeye tied for fourth with a mark of 16-01.50. In the final event, the 800m, Adeyeye placed second in 2:34.99, A. Hibbard placed third in 2:47.27, and L. Hibbard placed fourth in 2:47.43. Adeyeye won the overall event, scoring 3,293 points, L. Hibbard placed second in 3,125 points, and A. Hibbard placed fourth with 2,913 points.
The men’s heptathlon contested its first four events on Friday, and its final three on Saturday. In the first event, the 60m, Stefan Buechele placed second in 7.26, Jake Coveney placed fourth in 7.36, and Najee Taylor placed 13th in 7.76. Next, in the long jump, Coveney placed third in 22-00.75, Buechele placed sixth in 20-04.50, and Taylor placed seventh in 20-03.75. In the shot put, Coveney placed eighth in 33-08.75, Taylor placed ninth in 33-08.00, and Buechele placed 11th in 29-04.50. In the final event of Friday’s session, the high jump, Coveney placed fifth in 6-00.00, Buechele tied for sixth in 5-08.50, and Taylor placed 10th in 5-07.25. After the first four events, Coveney had scored 2,662 points, Buechele scored 2,424 points, and Taylor scored 2,312 points.
Taylor did not compete in the final three events during the Saturday session. The day started with the 60m hurdles, where Coveney placed third in 8.86, followed by Buechele in fourth in 8.89. Buechele placed second in the pole vault in 14-09.00, and Coveney placed in a tie for sixth, clearing 10-02.00. In the final event, the 1,000m, Coveney placed seventh in 3:13.85, and Buechele did not finish the event. Overall, Coveney placed third with 4,355 points, and Buechele placed seventh with 3,954 points, despite not recording a scoring mark in the 1,000m.
The Hibbards returned to compete in the open high jump on Saturday after their pentathlon efforst on Friday. A. Hibbard won the event, clearing 5-07.00, and L. Hibbard placed fourth, clearing 5-03.00. Adeyeye also saw action on Saturday, placing seventh in the open shot put with a mark of 41-10.75.
Next week, UAlbany will return to Ocean Breeze for the second time in three weeks to participate in the Villanova Open on Friday, January 27.