Bloomington Ind. - IC4A champions Luke Schoen, Wilfredo de Jesus Elias and Paul Lagno are among twelve University at Albany track and field athletes who have qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, held at Indiana University on May 26-28. The participant list for the three-day competition at Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex was announced on Thursday, May 19.
Schoen, a senior from West Islip, N.Y., earned All-America honors in 2009 when he placed eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA Division I Championships. He won last week's IC4A title and set a meet record of 17-feet, 3.50-inches in winning the America East Conference crown on May 7.
de Jesus Elias, a senior from Arroyo, Puerto Rico, posted a season-best distance of 208-feet, 11-inches to win the hammer throw at the IC4A meet and was first at the America East championship. Paul Lagno, who hails from Salt Point, N.Y., shattered the school record in the 1,500-meter run one week ago in winning IC4As with a time of 3:44.66. He was third at the conference championship.
A senior from Hempstead, N.Y., Alie Beauvais will compete in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Although he is recovering from an injury suffered at the conference meet, Beauvais was third at the Penn Relays in a season-beset 51.08 seconds. He was also sixth at the Texas Relays and 10th at the Florida Relays. In 2009, Beauvais advanced to the 400-hurdles semifinals at the NCAA Championships. America East champion Peter Rowell is also in this event. He registered his best time of 52.57 in the 400-hurdles on May 8.
Nasim Siddeeq qualified in the triple jump after claiming first place at the America East championship with a school-record leap of 52-feet, 1.25-inches. He was second in the IC4As at Princeton University. Greg Kiley and Nick Santos will both run in the 800-meters. Kiley, the America East champion, was sixth at IC4As and turned in his best time of the spring in qualifying (1:50.24). Santos, who also had his top mark in IC4A qualifying (1:50.46), was third at the America East competition.
The Great Danes will send four women to the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Kadine Johnson won the America East hammer throw and broke her own school record in the event at the ECAC Championships. Johnson, a senior from New Rochelle, N.Y., who was seventh at Penn Relays, threw 188-feet-, 9-inches to place fourth at ECACs last weekend.
America East champions Alli Rogers (400-meter dash) and Rebecca Kelly (400-meter hurdles) will also compete at Indiana University. Rogers shattered a 14-year-old record in winning the conference 400m title in 54.62 seconds and was fourth at the ECAC meet. Kelly cleared the hurdles in career-best 59.75 in taking fourth at ECACs.
Yushanni Durrant made the qualifying list in the long jump. Durrant broke Teresa Covert's 2004 school standard by finishing fourth at ECACs with a mark of 19-feet, 9.75-inches. A multi-event athlete, she was second in the triple jump at the America East championship.