Men's Track Finishes Second At Indoor Championships
Meet: America East Indoor Championships
Location: Boston University Track and Tennis Center in Boston, Mass.
Team Scores: 1. UMass Lowell (173), 2. UAlbany (168.50), 3. Binghamton (98.50), 4. Stony Brook (90), 5. New Hampshire (85), 6. Maine (55.50), 7. Vermont (43.50), 8. UMBC (40), 9. Hartford (25)
Short Story: Entering Day Two tied for fourth place 12 points behind the leader and leading by just a point and a half entering the final event, the UAlbany men’s track & field team won four events and placed second overall after winning the last 12 straight America East Indoor titles.
How it happened
- Jake Coveney placed third in the heptathlon, scoring 4,686 points; Najee Taylor placed seventh scoring 4,468 points
- Omahri Sturdivant placed third in the triple jump in 48-02.50; Mande Semon placed fifth in 48-00.00
- Victor Ortiz Rivera placed seventh in the mile in 4:12.10
- Sidney Gibbons won the 60m hurdles in 7.92; Adam Bush placed sixth in 8.48, and Dawshawn Williams placed eighth in 8.59
- Harmodio Cruz III placed second in the 400m in 47.71; Myles Banfield placed third in 48.17
- Walter Briggs won the 500m in 1:02.86; Jordon Lawrence placed third in 1:04.66
- Osiris Nicholson won the 60m in 6.86; Gibbons placed fourth in 6.93, and Garfield Napier placed fifth in 7.01
- Evan DeGraw placed third in the 800m in 1:52.80; Matthew JeanPierre placed eighth in 1:53.67
- Austin Sperl placed third in the 1,000m in 2:29.32; Joe Somerville placed eighth in 2:31.51
- Nicholson won the 200m in 21.37, breaking the previous school record of 21.44 set in 2007 by Patrick Weider; Cruz III placed second in 21.60, breaking Weider’s freshman record of 21.66 set in 2006, and Napier placed third in 21.67
- Ryan Udvadia placed third in the 3,000m in 8:21.08
- Kingsley Ogbonna placed second in the high jump, clearing 6-10.25; Nate Helms tied for eighth clearing 6-02.25
- The 4x800m relay of DeGraw, Somerville, Sperl, and JeanPierre placed third in 7:40.24
- The 4x400m relay crossed the line first but was disqualified due to interference with New Hampshire’s relay, resulting in zero points in the event and allowing UMass Lowell to claim the team title
- Nicholson was named Outstanding Track Performer and shared the Coaches' Award with Hartford's Terrel Davis
- Cruz III was named Outstanding Rookie
Next: Championship season continues next weekend with IC4A Indoor Championships for those who have earned qualifying marks.