Bowen, Scannapieco To Compete At Last Chance Meet
ALBANY, N.Y. – Hot on the heels of yet another conference championship, the University at Albany will send two men’s indoor track athletes, Alexander Bowen and Alfonso Scannapieco, to Boston University to compete in the BU Last Chance Meet on Sunday, March 2. This meet marks the last opportunity either athlete has to qualify for nationals.
Both Bowen and Scannapieco have national qualifying aspirations. Bowen is currently tied for 11th nationally in the high jump with his best mark of the season. Scannapieco is tied for 57th in the vault. Taking their personal bests into account, 7’-3.25” for Bowen and 17’-6.5” for Scannapieco, Bowen would sit alone in eighth and Scannapieco would be tied for 20th. Because there is no regional qualifier during the indoor season, only the top 16 athletes in each event will earn a berth into the national championship.
Bowen and Scannapieco each won their primary events at the America East Indoor Championships last weekend. Bowen jumped 7’-1” to lead a UAlbany sweep of the top three places. Scannapieco record a mark of 17’-0.75” in the pole vault, leading a top-two sweep for UAlbany.
“Alex is trying to boost his NCAA mark and Alfonso is looking to get into nationals with a big jump,” said assistant coach Todd Wolin. “Alfonso can hopefully build on last week when he easily jumped 17’-0.75” and stopped, because he was tired from vaulting, hurdling, and long jumping.”
In the Northeast region, Bowen holds the second best high jump mark at 7’-2.5”. Scannapieco remains unranked in the region due to the odd timing of the America East Championship, but would hold the top spot in the pole vault based on the latest results.
Bowen’s best indoor jump, 7’-3.25”, came at last year’s America East Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Scannapieco recorded his best indoor mark, 17’-1”, at the 2012 America East Championships, which took place at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center, where this meet will be held.
The field events kick off at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday with the women’s events. The men’s events will begin following their conclusion.