Track & Field/Cross Country Announces 32 New Additions for 2017-18
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany track & Field and cross country program has announced an incoming recruiting class of 32 student athletes for the 2017-18 season. Twenty women and 12 men will join the top squad in the America East, including three transfer students, two international students, and one capital region native.
The lone local recruit is Amanda Chambers, who just graduated from Colonie High School. Chambers arrives to help bolster the women’s mid-distance squad with a personal best time of 4:45.34 in the 1,500m. She also boasts a cross country three-mile time of 18:12.44.
Joining Chambers among the women’s distance recruits are Kaitlyn Butterfield from Bishop MaGann Mercy High School, who comes in with personal bests of 2:17.64 (800m), 2:58.64 (1,000m), and 4:50.47 (1,500m). Águeda Muñoz Marqués, one of the two incoming international students, arrives from Claret Segovia High School in Spain and has run 4:23.75 for 1,500m, 2:13.51 for 800m, 59.77 for 400m, and 2:54.54 for 1,000m. She has a runner-up finish in the 2016 Junior National Championships of Spain. Kaylah Quarshie, from Port Jervis High School, has run 2:14.82 in the 800m and 4:38.25 in the 1,500m. She is also the 2015 National Junior Olympic Champion at 1,500m. Finally, the women will add mid-distance recruit is Sarah Snyder from Moriah Jr./Sr. High School.
The men will add a single mid-distance recruit in Jordan Lawrence. Lawrence graduated from Newburgh Free Academy, and has run 1:55.52 in the 800m. He is a 2017 New York State Champion in the 4x400m relay, and also finished third in the same relay at the 2017 New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Six women will join the sprint squad for the upcoming season, solidifying an event group that broke eight school records last season. Another Newburgh Free Academy product, Marielle Apronti, leads the long sprint recruits with a personal best time of 56.59 in the 400m. Mariam Magassouba, from Harry S. Truman High School, has an effective range from 55m through 400m, including a 12.16 100m and a 25.07 200m. Marion Osei-Boateng, from Christopher Columbus Campus, has run 7.38 for 55m and 12.51 for 100m. The last of the pure sprinters, Solange Wright, has run 59.31 for 400m.
The remaining women’s sprint recruits also compete in other events. Asia Jinks, from Uniondale high school, also competes in the hurdles and the horizontal jumps. In addition to her 400m best of 58.67, Jinks has run 1:03.96 in the 400m hurdles, and has recorded personal best marks of 18-10.00 in the long jump and 38-09.75 in the triple jump. Finally, Mariah Shummette, from East Brunswick High School, arrives with best marks of 57.18 in the 400m and 25.37 in the 200m in addition to a 1:02.68 in the 400m hurdles.
The men will add three sprinters next season. Harmodio Cruz, from South Brunswick High School, has run 21.74 in the 200m and 47.78 in the 400m to pace the long sprint recruits. The short sprinters will welcome the arrival of Garfield Napier, who has run 6.45 in the 55m, 10.88 in the 100m, and 22.32 in the 200m. Finally, Malik Boyd-Postell, from White Plains High School, has run 22.18 in the 200m and 49.80 in the 400m.
In terms of pure hurdle recruits, the women will add one and the men will add three. Namara Carr from Benjamin Cardozo High School joins the women’s team with best marks of 8.64 in the 55m hurdles and 15.37 in the 100m hurdles. On the men’s side, Andres Echeanida from Archbishop Molloy High School has run 54.93 in the 400m hurdles, and Dawshawn Williams from Uniondale High School has run 7.65 in the 55m hurdles and 14.68 in the 110m hurdles. Walter Briggs, a transfer student from SUNY Delhi who attended Kingston High School, has times of 8.43 in the 60m hurdles, 14.91 in the 110m hurdles, and 53.56 in the 400m hurdles.
The women will welcome three new jump recruits. Leyna Abrahams, from East Brunswick High School, has a personal best of 5-06.00 in the high jump. Madjeanna Brutus, from Spring Valley High School, has long jumped 19-08.00. Finally, Victoria Fitchel from Baden-Württemberg in Germany, arrives with a triple jump best of 40-05.00.
The men will add Victor Cotto from Bayonne High School, who has long jumped 23-02.50. They will also add Alex Buczynski from Canisius High School, who has long jumped 23-01.25, and has also run 49.89 in the 400m.
The women will add one recruit in the throws in Briana Montgomery, from Suffern High School. Montgomery has recorded best marks of 40-09.75 in the shot put, 42-03.50 in the weight throw, and 108-01.00 in the discus. The men will see two new throwers. Bryan Nicholson, from Long Island Lutheran High School, comes in with a personal best of 163-05.00 in the discus. Finally, University at Buffalo transfer John Anderson, who attended Roy C. Ketham High School has thrown 47-06.50 in the shot put and 164-05.00 in the discus with a high school implement.
The remaining recruits each have experience competing in the multis events. For the women, Adelaide Cooke from Falmouth High School, has point totals of 3,585 in the heptathlon and 2,567 in the pentathlon. Her throwing marks include 131-00.00 in the discus, 39-11.50 in the shot put, and 113-06.00 in the javelin. Mecca Muamba from Roosevelt Education Campus, has scored 3,212 points in the heptathlon and 2,490 in the pentathlon to go along with a high jump best of 5-09.25, which equals the UAlbany women’s school record held currently by rising junior Anika Hibbard. Naomi Rowe, from Queens Gateway to Health Science High School, has scored 3,440 points in the heptathlon, and has high jumped 5-04.00, long jumped 17-07.75, and has run 8.75 in the 55m hurdles. Finally, the lone women’s transfer recruit, Victoria Reid from Comsewogue High School by way of Winthrop University, has scored 4,123 points in the heptathlon, 3,000 points in the pentathlon, and has a 100m hurdles best of 14.93.
The final recruit is men’s multis competitor Adam Bush from Pine Bush High School. Bush has recorded a pentathlon best of 3,214 to go along with his 110m hurdles best time of 15.19.
These 32 newcomers will help fill the 22 open spots created from graduation from the 2016-17 season.