Indoor Track And Field To Compete At BU Terrier Classic

Photo: Pat McNish (left), Jonathan Santana (right).

ALBANY, N.Y. – Having already broken four individual program records this season, the University at Albany men’s and women’s indoor track and field squads look to continue their success this weekend at the Boston University Terrier Classic.

ABOUT THE BU TERRIER CLASSIC
When: Friday-Saturday, January 25-26
Where: Boston, Mass. - Track And Tennis Center
Start Times: Friday at 2:00 p.m. ; Saturday at 10:45 a.m. Event Schedule
Results: A full recap of the weekend’s events will be posted on UAlbanySports.com following the meet.

RECORD BREAKERS
Through three meets this winter, senior Pat McNish, sophomore Alexander Bowen, and junior Kathryn Fanning have all bested program records.
At the Great Dane Classic (1/18), McNish’s long jump leap of 19-09.50 tied a record she had set a year ago at the ECAC Division I Championships (3/3).
Bowen is the only UAlbany athlete to ever clear seven feet in the high jump and has done so in each of the last two meets. He set the program standard at 7-01.00 at the Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge (1/12).
• Fanning has shattered two program records this season. Already the top mile runner in history, Fanning bested her time by six seconds at the Nittany Lion Challenge (1/12), finishing in 4:45.88. In addition, Fanning broke the 1,000m record at the Great Dane Classic (1/18) with a time of 2:46.70.

BOWEN EARNS AMERICA EAST HONOR
Sophomore Alexander Bowen was named the America East Field Performer of the Week, announced by the conference office Tuesday. Aiding UAlbany to a second-place finish out of 24 teams at the Great Dane Classic, Bowen won the high jump title with a leap of 7-00.50. The Beacon, N.Y. native cleared 7-01.00 the week prior at the Nittany Lion Challenge, representing the top jump in the America East this season and the 14th best in the NCAA.

LAST TIME OUT (Men)
Against a talented field last Friday, the men placed second out of 24 competing teams at the Great Dane Classic with a total of 82 points. The Danes captured three titles en route to the runner-up finish, including an IC4A qualifying 4x400m relay performance. The team consisting of Taariq Jones, Alex Petit-Frere, Charles Lamar, and Jonathan Santana crossed the finish line first with their 3:15.45 time. In addition to Bowen’s first-place high jump leap, Alfonso Scannapieco also earned 10 points for UAlbany with a pole vault mark of 16-10.75. Ethan Clary’s 14:44.61 time, good for third in the 5000m, qualified the senior for the IC4A Championships. Other IC4A qualifiers included Kareem Morris (6.88 – 60m), Alex Petit-Frere (1:05.11 – 500m), Jonathan Santana (48.96 – 400m), and John DeLallo. DeLallo earned eight points for the Great Danes with a second-place mile finish, running a time of 4:10.93.

LAST TIME OUT (Women)
The women’s team captured three titles at the 11th Annual Great Dane Classic, placing second as a squad out of a strong 21-team field. Pat McNish placed first in both the long jump and triple jump with ECAC qualifying marks of 19-09.50 and 40-03.25, respectively. Kathryn Fanning also won her event with a meet and program record performance in the 1000m (2:46.70), while UAlbany had four other athletes hit ECAC qualifying marks -- Ali Rogers (1:14.39) and Tynelle Taylor-Chase (1:15.00) in the 500m, junior Brianne Bellon (2:14.13) in the 800m, and senior Miranda McConnell (9:52.55) in the 3000m. The Danes’ distance medley relay team earned third (12:14.02), featuring Mackenzie Carter, Sherez Mohamed, Aderinsola Ajala, and Brianne Bellon. In addition, the 4x400m squad with Dominique Claudio, Taylor-Chase, Ajala, and Rogers took fourth (3:49.84).

AROUND THE AMERICA EAST
The Great Danes have posted 13 number one marks in the America East this season (six men, seven women)…
400m - Jonathan Santana (48.96)
500m - Jonathan Santana (1:04.97)
5,000m - Ethan Clary (14:44.61)
4x400m Relay - 3:15.45
High Jump -
Alexander Bowen (7' 1") T-14th in NCAA
Pole Vault -  Alfonso Scannapieco (16' 10.75") 27th in NCAA
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400m - Alli Rogers (56.16)
800m - Brianne Bellon (2:14.13)
1,000m - Kathryn Fanning (2:46.70)
Mile - Kathryn Fanning (4:45.88) 15th in NCAA
4x400m Relay - 3:49.84
Long Jump - Pat McNish (19' 9.5") 14th in NCAA
Triple Jump - Pat McNish (40' 3.25")

HISTORY OF SUCCESS: UAlbany Track & Field's 26 AEast Championships
▪ Men's Indoor: 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
▪ Women's Indoor: 2009-10, 2010-11
▪ Men's Outdoor: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
▪ Women's Outdoor: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

COMING UP
The Great Danes are just two weeks away from the America East Championship meet Feb. 11-12 in Boston, Mass. After this weekend’s BU Terrier Classic, UAlbany will compete at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the NYC Armory. The following week, the UAlbany men will battle for their 10th indoor America East title, while the women will contend for their third championship in the last four years.