Men's Track Wins Twelfth Straight Indoor Championship
BOSTON – The University at Albany men’s track & field team has won its 12th consecutive America East Indoor Championships. The men scored 205 points over the two-day meet to defeat runner-up UMass Lowell’s 129.5 points, and third place Binghamton’s 123 points. It is the men’s 14th indoor title in the last 15 years.
The UAlbany men held a narrow lead after the first day of competiton. They had scored 45 points to Binghamton’s 33. Vermont trailed in third place after day one with 36 points. The men saw two championship performances on the first day, from Jonathan Eustache in the weight throw and from Ryan Udvadia in the 5,000m.
The first event of day two was the conclusion of the men’s heptathlon, in which UAlbany had three competitors. Stefan Buechele was fourth after the first four events with 2,580 points, followed by Jake Coveney in seventh with 2,493 points, and Najee Taylor in ninth with 2,352 points.
The first of Saturday’s three remaining heptathlon events was the 60m hurdles. Buechele placed second in 8.67, Coveney placed third in 8.76, and Taylor placed 10th in 9.69. Buechele set a personal-best 16-00.75 to win the pole vault. Coveney and Taylor tied for eighth, clearing 10-06.00. In the final event, the 1,000m, Buechele placed second in 2:41.85, Coveney placed eighth in 2:52.85, and Taylor placed 10th in 2:58.93.
After the seven events were tallied, Buechele finished in first place, scoring 5,133 points. Coveney placed eighth with 4,435 points, and Taylor placed 10th with 4,034 points.
The first event on the track was the mile, in which UAlbany did not enter a competitor. The Great Danes’ first event was the finals of the 60m hurdles. Sidney Gibbons won the event in 8.01, just one-hundredth off his personal-best. Coveney placed sixth in 8.63.
UAlbany swept the top two places of the 400m. Myles Banfield won in 46.90, an indoor personal-best. Jason Tomlinson placed second in 48.47. Matthew LeLiever won the 500m in 1:02.06, which breaks the championship record of 1:02.32 set in 2010 by UAlbany’s Alie Beauvais, and ranks first in the country this season.
Robert Harris III placed second in the finals of the 60m in 6.85. He crossed the line just four one-thousandths of a second behind champion Jon Alkins from Binghamton. Osiris Nicholson placed third in 6.86.
Udvadia earned his second individual title of the meet when he won the 3,000m in 8:21.82. Kyle Gronostaj, who finished second behind Udvadia in the 5,000m, placed sixth in the 3,000m in 8:27.35.
The men’s 4x800m relay team of DeGraw, Matthew JeanPierre, Joe Sommerville, and Johnson placed sixth in 7:51.25. The 4x400m relay team of Tomlinson, Harris III, LeLiever, and Banfield, placed second in 3:16.25.
Devon Willis won the triple jump in 50-10.00. Jordan Crump-King placed second in 49-00.25. Omahri Sturdivant placed fifth in 47-09.25. David Henry Jr. placed eighth in 44-08.00. The four jumpers scored 23 points in the event.
Eric DelVescovo won the shot put in 54-05.50, setting a new personal-best and breaking his own school record. Matthew Campbell won the high jump in 7-01.75, followed by Kingsley Ogbonna, who cleared 6-10.25 to take second. Ogbonna cleared the same height as Rino Tonelli from UMass Lowell, but was awarded second due to fewer failed attempts.
Over the two-day meet, the men won 10events, the most they have ever won in a single America East championship meet. Buechele’s efforts earned him the award for Oustanding Field Performer. The men's coaches were honred with the Coaching Staff of the Year award. The men share in victory for the fifth-consecutive year with the women’s team, who scored 212 points to win their fifth-straight title over Stony Brook’s 114.5 and New Hampshire’s 100.5.
Next, the Great Danes will return to Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center for IC4A Indoor Championships starting Friday, March 3.