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ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s and women’s track and field programs head to Binghamton University this week to contend for the America East Conference Championships. The Great Danes have a rich history at the championship meet, having won a combined 15 outdoor titles since 2003, including sweeps in the last four years.

The men have won a total of nine outdoor America East titles, winning the last eight consecutively, while the women have captured six, including the last four straight.

Last year, the UAlbany women's track and field squad defended its America East Conference title for the fourth consecutive year with a team score of 185 on Sunday, May 6. The Great Danes coaching staff was named America East Conference Championship Coaching Staff of the Year.

On the track, Tynelle Taylor-Chase took home the gold in the 400-meter hurdles with an ECAC qualifying time of 1:00.62. Teammate Brittany Eveleth followed right behind Taylor-Chase in second with an ECAC qualifying time of 1:01.29.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Kamilah Williams, Brittany Eveleth, Tynelle Taylor-Chase and Allison Rogers continued its dominance on the track with a gold-medal finish time of 3.45.61 which was an ECAC qualifier. Brianne Bellon, Jonelle White, Sherez Mohamed and Kathryn Fanning finished first in the 4x800-meter relay with an ECAC qualifying time of 9:02.07.

In the field events, Patricia McNish took home golds in the long (6.00m) and triple jump (12.51m) both of which were ECAC qualifying marks. Catherine Coxon placed first in the discus throw with an ECAC qualifying mark of 47.34 meters.

Last year, UAlbany men's track and field team took home the gold at the America East Conference Championship with a team score of 181 on Sunday, May 6. The Great Danes completed the "Triple Crown" by winning the America East Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships all in one year. The last time the triple crown was achieved was back in the 1988-89 season which was done by Northeastern.

The Great Danes took home five gold medals, one on the track and four in the field events. Kadeem Howell was highlighted as the Most Outstanding Field Performer with his 7.08 meter-mark in the long jump and the 14.73-meter mark that placed him first in the respective events.

On the track, the 4x100-meter relay team of Earnest Waters, Rashawn Simpson, Donald Williams Jr. and Jonathan Santana, Jonathan took home the gold with an IC4A qualifying time of 41.25.

In the field, Alexander Bowen took the high-jump crown with a mark of 2.10 meters. Alfonso Scannipieco took home first place in the pole vault with 4.95 mark.

Both the UAlbany men’s and women’s indoor track and field squads captured the America East title this winter. The Great Danes look to build off that success and sweep all four track and field conference titles.

For the third time this spring, sophomore Alexander Bowen was named the America East Field Performer of the Week, announced by the conference office Tuesday.

Already UAlbany’s record holder in the high jump, Bowen (Beacon, N.Y.) had another impressive performance, this time competing at the prestigious Penn Relays. The sophomore cleared 7’2.5” to finish fourth out of 10 competitors in the championship division. Bowen’s leap was a half inch short of his best mark this spring, but would still easily be the best in the America East this season. Coming into the America East Championships, Bowen owns the 10th best high jump mark in NCAA Division I.

At the 119th Penn Relay Carnival, junior Brittney Lane shattered the program’s 5K record, running a 16:21.12. The blistering mark bested Alyssa Lotmore’s record of 16:48.68, set in 2006. The run also placed her third in the Championship race and qualified Lane for the NCAA Regional.

Senior Ethan Clary qualified for the IC4A Championship with a personal best time of 14:35.06 in the Olympic Development 5,000m race at the Penn Relays. The mark was good for sixth place in the talented 26-person field.

HISTORY OF SUCCESS: 29 America East Championships, 3 IC4A Championships
▪ Men’s Cross Country: 2011
▪ Men's Indoor: 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09*, 2009-10*, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13
▪ Women's Indoor: 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13
▪ Men's Outdoor: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2010, 2011, 2012
▪ Women's Outdoor: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
*won both AEast and IC4A titles