Co-MVPs For Men’s And Women’s Outdoor Track
ALBANY, N.Y. – With the 2014 season finally concluded, and all meets competed, the University at Albany outdoor track program took the time to recognize a selection of athletes in the naming of the men’s and women’s outdoor MVP awards. Both the men’s and the women’s teams saw two atheltes share the award for the 2014 campaign. Alexander Bowen and Kareem Morris were named men’s Co-MVPs, and Kathryn Fanning and Tynelle-Taylor Chase were named women’s Co-MVPs.
Bowen, a junior from Beacon, New York, is the only under-classman of the four. He was UAlbany’s best high jumper, clearing 7’-2.25” in a second place effort at Penn Relays, a performance for which he was named America East Men’s Field Performer of the Week. He successfully defended his outdoor America East and IC4A titles in the high jump this year, jumping 7’-1” and 6’-11.75” respectively. Bowen remains the school record holder in the high jump for both indoor and outdoor track, clearing a height of 7’-3.25” in each season. Additionally, this season Bowen earned dual-citizenship with Panama, allowing him to compete in the Panamanian National Championships. Bowen finished second, making the team, and will compete for Team Panama in four competitions from July through November. Bowen is the Panamanian national record holder in the high jump, due to his performance at America East Championships, his first competition after gaining his dual-citizenship.
Morris, a senior from Albany, New York, was UAlbany’s best short sprinter in 2014, and a mainstay on the top 4x100 relay squad. He recorded the fastest wind-legal 100 time, 10.64, and the second fastest wind-legal 200 time, 21.46. Morris placed third in the 200 at America East Outdoor Championships, second in the 100, and set a new personal best in the long jump, which he won in 23’-6”. He also ran on the victorious 4x100 relay team, which helped him compile 26.5 points during the championship meet. His point total was the highest among all male athletes, earning him the Coaches’ Award, which he also won at America East Indoor Championships. Morris ranks third all-time in UAlbany history in the 100 and fourth in the 200.
Fanning, a senior from Manlius, New York, anchored UAlbany women’s middle distance. She holds school records in the indoor 1,000 and mile, as well as the outdoor 1,500. She broke her own 1,500 record twice this season, the first of which came in a second place effort at America East Outdoor Championships, where she ran 4:22.81. She broke the record once more at NCAA East Preliminaries, running 4:18.68. Fanning also ran on the victorious 4x800 relay at conference championships, as well as the second place 4x800 in the college section of the Penn Relays. Fanning additionally ranks fourth all-time in UAlbany history in the outdoor 800. Fanning earned two America East Women’s Track Performer of the Week awards this season, on April 1 and April 15. In addition to her athletic prowess, Fanning was one of UAlbany’s finest students, earning a 3.98 GPA as a biology major. She is also a published author in the Journal of Neuroscience and a researcher at the RNA Institute. She was named to her second consecutive America East Outdoor Track All-Academic Squad, her third of the year and eighth overall. Finally, Fanning won the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.
Taylor-Chase, a senior from Whitby, Ontario, was the best long hurdler on the women’s team, as well as a mainstay on the 4x400 relay squad. She won America East Outdoor Championships in the 400 hurdles in 59.70, and was a member of the third place finishing 4x400 relay. Additionally, Taylor-Chase bolstered UAlbany’s contingent of short hurdlers, finishing second overall in the 100 hurdles, running a personal best 14.10, just behind teammate Michelle Anthony. Taylor-Chase ran her best 400 hurdles time of the season, and second fastest time ever, at NCAA East Preliminaries in 59.64. Her younger sister, Chanice Chase, was in her heat, marking the first and only time the two competed head-to-head in a collegiate meet.
Bowen will return next season but Morris, Fanning, and Taylor-Chase will graduate, leaving behind large shoes to fill for next year’s team.