Women's Track Wins Ninth-Straight Outdoor Title
DURHAM, N.H. – The University at Albany women's track & field program has won it's ninth-consecutive America East Outdoor Championship. The women scored 198 points, defeating runner-up and host New Hampshire, who scored 140 points.
The women found themselves facing a deficit after the first day of competition, accumulating 30 points to rank fourth in the team standings. Host New Hampshire led the team competition with 61 points, followed by Binghamton with 38 points and Vermont with 35 points. The women had one champion on Saturday, Chinwe Igwe, who won the hammer.
Mary Adeyeye and Letti Hibbard started the day for the Great Danes with the final three events of the heptathlon. After the first four events, contested on Saturday, Adeyeye was second with 2,886 points and L. Hibbard was fourth with 2,638 points. The second day started with the long jump, where Adeyeye placed third with a mark of 17-03.50, and L. Hibbard placed fifth in 16-02.50. In the javelin, Adeyeye placed first in 94-03.00 and L. Hibbard placed fourth in 88-01.00. In the final event, the 800m, Adeyeye won in 2:22.19 and L. Hibbard placed eighth in 2:36.70. When the final results had been compiled, Adeyeye had placed second overall, scoring a personal-best 4,767 points, and L. Hibbard placed fourth with a personal-best 4,209 points. Maine's Grace MacLean won the event with 4,928 points.
Kiyah Owens placed second in the 400m in a personal-best 55.93. Osayi Owie placed seventh in 57.83. Akua Williams placed eighth in 1:00.22. Chibugo Ike placed second in the 100m hurdles in a personal-best 14.17. Niamani Morrison placed third in 14.20, and Nichole Anderson placed fourth in a personal-best 14.29. Tiguida Toure placed fifth in the 800m in a personal-best 2:11.72.
UAlbany had qualified four finalists in the 100m. Osuji won in 11.50. Smith placed third in 11.64. Santana Rodriguez placed fourth in 11.70. Butterfield placed fifth in 11.77. All times were wind-aided.
Halie Snyder won the 400m hurdles in a personal-best 59.48, catching Binghamton's Sarah Osaheni at the line to win by two-hundredths of a second.
Osuji returned to win the 200m in 23.75. The mark is a personal-best, and breaks the school record of 23.85 set in 1997 by Ellakisha Williamson. Smith placed third in 24.28, and Butterfield placed fourth in 24.46.
Anika Hibbard placed third in the high jump, clearing 5-07.00. Victoria Stoffel cleared 5-05.00 to place seventh. Tara Belinsky placed fifth in the shot put in 43-05.00. Adeyeye placed seventh in 42-06.75, and Doolittle placed eighth in 41-11.25. Amiynah Campbell won the discus with a mark of 136-07.00. Igwe placed second in 136-03.00. Zoe Doolittle placed seventh in 123-05.00.
In total, the women won seven events. They share in victory with the men's team, who won their 13th consecutive championship, scoring 166 points. For their efforts during the meet, and Osuji was honored with the Coaches Award for scoring the most points among all competitors and Owens was named Outstanding Rookie.
With conference championships now in the books, the Great Danes look towards ECAC Outdoor Championships at Princeton next weekend.