CHAMPS! Men’s Indoor Wins Eighth Straight America East Title



BOSTON, Mass. – With a conference record 231.50 points, the University at Albany ran away with its eighth straight America East men’s indoor track and field title Tuesday at the Reggie Lewis Center. In addition, the championship tied a conference record for total indoor titles, 10, done in the fastest amount of time for a member school – 11 years.


In addition to winning six event titles, the Great Danes captured the Most Outstanding Field Performer, the top-scoring track athlete, and the Coaching Staff of the Year honors.


Alexander Bowen, the Most Outstanding Field Performer, highlighted the meet with an America East record 7’ 3.25” leap in the high jump.


Senior Jonathan Santana also earned meet honors, earning 28 points for his team. With a 48.60 time, Santana placed first in the 400m dash, followed by teammates Alex Petit-Frere (48.82) and Taariq Jones (48.94) in the top three slots.


Santana also piloted the Great Danes in the 200m dash, finishing second with an IC4A qualifying time of 22.11. In the UAlbany-heavy field, six of the top seven finishers donned purple.


Lastly, Santana anchored the 4x400m relay team to a first-place 3:17.41 mark. Petit-Frere, Charles Karam, and Ryan Small ran the first three legs of the winning performance.


Karam also earned eight points for the Great Danes in the 500m dash, placing second with a time of 1:05.82. Andrew Pirnie finished second in the 800m with an IC4A qualifying time of 1:53.84, while John DeLallo captured the 1,000m title with a 2:27.64 mark. In addition, DeLallo placed fourth in the mile, meeting IC4A standards (4:14.89).


In the 3,000m run, sophomore Christopher Buchanan was the runner-up in a time of 8:26.35.


After winning the pole vault title on Monday, Alfonso Scannapieco captured the heptathlon crown with a total of 5,124 points, qualifying for IC4As. Teammate Sean Cooper placed second with 4,843 points, while Nick Mattera took fourth, earning 4,692 points.


With the sweeping of both the men’s and women’s indoor titles Tuesday, the UAlbany athletic department has now won 61 conference championships at the Division I level. The championships also mark the first in the era of new University President Dr. Robert Jones.


1) Albany - 231.50    
2) Binghamton - 134.50    
3) UMBC - 130       
4) Maine - 126       
5) New Hampshire - 74.50    
6) Vermont - 43.50    
7) Stony Brook - 33       
8) Hartford - 6 



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