Bellon, Del Fava, Fanning Lead UAlbany At Penn State Relays
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Picking up exactly where they left off after a strong cross country season, the University at Albany women’s distance runners paced the Danes to a solid opening weekend of official competition at the non-scoring Penn State Relays. Seniors Brianne Bellon, Silvia Del Fava, and Kathryn Fanning each claimed victory at the meet. Bellon won the 1,000 in 2:53.77. Del Fava won the 3,000 in 9:59.98, placing her seventh on the UAlbany all-time list. Fanning, the school record holder in the mile, won the event in 4:53.07.
UAlbany placed two runners in the top 10 in the 500, with both senior Tynelle Taylor-Chase and sophomore Dominique Claudio tying for seventh with a time of 1:17.21. They were followed by junior Kamilah Williams in 10th with a time of 1:18.03, and sophomore Aderinsola Ajala in 11th with a time of 1:18.69. Sophomore Kahlia Taylor placed fifth in the 60 with a time of 7.79 in the finals, improving on her preliminary round time of 7.93. Taylor moves from ninth to seventh on UAlbany’s all-time list. Senior Jillian Haynes also took fifth in the 200 with a time of 25.25. Finally, junior Michelle Anthony took yet another fifth place finish, in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.66, moving herself up a spot on UAlbany’s all-time list into a tie for fifth.
Bellon was joined in the 1,000 by two freshman teammates who also placed in the top 10. Schuyler Pruyn finished fifth in 3:03.96, and Johanna Smith finished ninth in 3:13.42. Junior Molly Pezzulo placed seventh in the mile with a time of 5:21.74. The women’s distance medley relay team consisting of Bellon, Claudio, Smith, and Pruyn took third place overall with a tie of 12:31.38.
In the field events, senior Rochelle Reid took sixth place in the high jump with a mark of 5’-5”. Senior teammate Ashley Grant tied Reid’s height, but finished 11th overall due to prior failed attempts. In the pole vault, junior Toni Ann Werner placed sixth with a mark of 10’-4”. Senior Pony Sokiri took eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 36’-11.5”. Juniors Samantha Kosa and Janice Johnson placed eighth and ninth in the shot put, recording throws of 42’-3.5” and 42’-3.25” respectively. The weight throw saw sophomore Lauren Lopano take seventh place with a mark of 47’-6.5”, which places her eighth on UAlbany’s all-time list.
Three UAlbany athletes hit qualifying standards for ECAC’s. Bellon qualified in the 1,000. Fanning qualified in the mile. Anthony qualified in the 60 hurdles.
UAlbany will host its own home meet, the Great Dane Classic on Friday, January 17 at the Armory in New York City.